Meet The Therapist
Nicholas Bonacci, LPC, LCDC
Licensed Professional Counselor
I feel gifted and blessed in my present day life and family, and the reprieve from "my own best thinking." I chose to be a psychotherapist because as a college student, I began seeing that I am living in a world where one's sense of fulfillment could only be improved by supporting one another, and digging deep through struggles. And I journeyed through so many of my own. I actually grew up with this attitude and didn't know how to articulate until much later. My favorite movie is Lorenzo's Oil if that means anything.
I had started at 20 years old, seeking sobriety, and soon after, reaping the benefits of other 12 step recoveries in the forms of codependency and adult child and family trauma recovery. These practices lead me to amazing therapists and trainers in the field of Experiential, Psychodrama, PIT therapies which truly helped me dislodge painful patterns of living, from a body and mental perspective, and further in to the health of my living relationships and pursuits of my goals.
By the time I moved to TX at early 2016, I made strides in learning Psychodrama and Brainspotting, and eventually Prolonged Exposure. My intern practice included the populations of all ages except children under 12, and basically all were treated at the behavioral hospital, while later at IOP for court ordered clients, the focus was mostly on substance related concerns.
I'm now developed as a trained therapist who's done more than "what's typical" for learning. Training has included Cognitive Processing Therapy which is a workbook based program for Trauma, and approved by the VA, Certifications (9 year process) in Psychodrama and Prolonged Exposure. Brainspotting 1 has also been accomplished. Clients will benefit from the reliefs of suffering through these methods, especially in relief of PTSD, PNES, anxiety/depression, substance and other disorders.
At the same time, I invite the universally supportive 12 step wisdom, meaning "I get back what I put into my inner work." I believe people grow fastest when they look to increase their faith and purpose in life, with the love of God and family as a major priority for healing and release of past wounds.
In Summary, here are my qualifications and certifications in additional training :
- MS in Pro Counseling - MS in Addiction Counseling (2013)
- Psychodrama CP and PAT certification (15 years learning)
- Brainspotting level 1 (7 years) - an offshoot of EMDR
- Prolonged Exposure with Dr. Foa (2017)
- Motivational Interviewing (10 years)
- Certified Experiential I (Onsite workshops)
- PIT Model learning from Pia Mellody and John Bradshaw
- CPT (2014)