About Mary E. Bonneson, MS, LPC, NCC

Mary E. Bonneson, MS, LPC, NCC brings 20 years of expertise in the fields of mental health and wellness  to her work as a Licensed Professional Counselor at Anne Huebner & Associates, LLC. A summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Marquette University, Mary was named “Most Outstanding Psychology Major” in her Senior year. She then pursued graduate studies at Purdue University, where she was elected to the Phi Kappa Phi honor society. She was awarded a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology and completed two years of practicum training at the Purdue University Psychological Services Center. While there, she published her Master’s research (see below).

Mary then returned to the Milwaukee area, where she worked for 19 years at a State Certified outpatient mental health family practice clinic. She acquired a wealth of experience providing professional counseling to many diverse people with a wide variety of family backgrounds, symptoms, and concerns. She has worked with traditional two-parent families, single parents, blended families, and families adjusting to a divorce process. She has also helped single adults overcome loneliness and discover ways to live fuller, more meaningful lives. Mary has gained a reputation as a caring, directive counselor, who blends hope and humor into her professional manner.

At Anne Huebner & Associates, Mary provides treatment to children aged seven and above, adolescent females, and adults in individual, couples, and family counseling. As a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC,) she is qualified to provide treatment for those who want to address Depression and other Mood Disorders, Eating Disorders, Anxiety, Adjustment to grief or life transitions, relationship conflicts, the forgiveness process, and marital/premarital therapy. Mary also works with those who want to learn to cope more effectively with chronic pain or physical illness, such as those dealing with Arthritis, Asthma, Chronic fatigue, Diabetes, Fibromyalgia, Migraine headaches, Multiple Sclerosis, recovery from injuries, or chronic back pain. Clients who work with Mary learn they can thrive and enjoy life despite the difficulties life may bring. Hope is a powerful force for healing and growth.

Approaches to treatment: 
Mary is collaborative in her treatment style, meaning that therapy goals are discussed early on and mutual agreement is reached about those goals and which interventions will be used. Changes can be made along the way if needed. She holds a specialty credential as a Certified Cognitive Behavior Therapist: clients are taught how to identify thinking errors or false beliefs that contribute to their distress. They are taught how to modify those beliefs to be more realistic or truth-based to thereby improve mood, motivation, and functioning. Mary also advises clients on ways to build on their personal strengths to take their next step of growth. Clients learn to change their behavior and communication to be more constructive and goal-directed. Clients are also expected to practice new skills between sessions, as practice is a strong predictor of success. As needed, Mary also offers relaxation training, Interpersonal therapy, and selected methods from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Positive Psychology, and Solution-Focused care.

Specialty in Christian Counseling:
For clients who are interested, Mary also provides Christian Counseling. A Charter Member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, Mary also holds a specialty credential as a Board Certified Professional Christian Counselor. Over the years, many clients have appreciated being able to address matters of faith at a time of grief, challenge, crisis, or pain in their lives. With respect for the comfort level of the client, Mary will integrate Biblical principles into the counseling process. She does this with compassion and grace, pointing clients toward Truth that can provide comfort and guidance through life’s journey. Many clients have also appreciated closing their sessions with a supportive prayer. At client request, Mary will gladly confer with pastors, priests, parish nurses, or others in a ministry role.

Public Speaking:
Mary is an excellent public speaker and provides workshops or seminars to churches and other community groups. Examples of topics are 1) “Helping Children and Teens Cope with Stress,” and 2) “The Foundations and Facets of Forgiveness.”

Research and Publications:
"Understanding Child and Adolescent Depression,"Natural Awakenings magazine, Dec. 2004, Milwaukee, WI

            ''The Development of the Crisis Call Outcome Rating Scale"* (M.S. thesis), in Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psvchology, volume 55, Aug. 1987. (D. M. Hartsough was second author)

Professional Affiliations and Honors:

  • American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • National Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists (NACBT)
  • American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) 
  • Member of AACC Christian Care Network
  • Member of United Healthcare (Optum Health) “Campaign for Excellence” ---Named
    To “Tier 1 Star Rating” status for clinical outcomes
  • Named to Marquis' Who's Who of American Women and Who's Who in the Midwest
  • Phi Beta Kappa (academic Honor Society)-Marquette University
  • Phi Kappa Phi ( academic Honor Society) -Purdue University

For more information, see Mary's profile on LinkedIn or the following websites:

www.christiancounselordirectory.com

www.aacc.net/resources/find-a-counselor

www.cedcn.org/counselors

www.nacbt.org/find-a-therapist

https://therapists.psychologytoday.com/rms/

 

 

 

Anne Huebner & Associates , LLC
17100 West North Ave., Suite 100 Brookfield, WI 53005 262-786-9184