Bonnie earned her Ph.D. in psychology at Saybrook University in 2006. Her doctoral research focused on creativity, expressive arts and the healing benefits of dance. One of her candidacy essays was nominated for the Outstanding Essay Award. Bonnie received her M.A. in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica in 2000. She also holds Certificates of Completion in two additional programs from the University of Santa Monica: Consciousness, Health, and Healing in 2002 and Soul-Centered Leadership in 2005.
Bonnie has had a private consulting/coaching practice since 1996 and is also a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. She was a graduate faculty member at the University of Santa Monica (USM) from 2002-2014. She was a faculty member in both the Master’s Degree program in Spiritual Psychology, and also in the post-graduate program Consciousness, Health and Healing. Bonnie has taught conscious movement classes since 1994, focusing on assisting women in healing issues with their bodies and their creative self-expression. She also developed and taught dance, dream, and journaling workshops for Glendale Community College in Glendale, CA. She is also a knitwear designer and has had several designs published.
Bonnie is also the co-director of the Freedom to Choose Foundation, a non-profit organization that teaches experiential psychology to men and women who are incarcerated, on parole, and in addiction recovery. Since 2004, she has worked with over 3,000 incarcerated men and women at Valley State Prison for Women, Central California Women’s Facility, and Valley State Prison (for men). Bonnie and her husband and partner David have received numerous awards for this work. Bonnie was also interviewed about her work in prisons for Arianna Huffington’s book: On Becoming Fearless.
Bonnie’s background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from California State University at Northridge in 1989. She received numerous scholarships in Computer Science, and graduated Summa Cum Laude. Her professional background includes five years as General Manager of an electronics-manufacturing corporation. She is a consultant and executive coach for health care executives with David Couper Consulting. She has also worked as a Graphic Designer and professional artist.