Kimberly Bonsiero, LCSW-C

Expertise in working with couples and individuals dealing with relationship issues.

410-404-6982

Welcome

Welcome to the practice of Kimberly Bonsiero. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-C) who has expertise in working with individuals who are affected by trauma, addiction, anxiety, and depression.

About Kimbery Bonsiero

My earlier career focused on the treatment of substance use and co-occurring disorders. This meaningful experience helped me to gain understanding of the relationship between trauma and addictive behaviors. I found myself gravitating towards the treatment of trauma-related symptoms and disorders as these practices were effective in helping my clients achieve their treatment goals.

I am passionate about helping individuals build awareness into how their past experiences influence their present sense of self, relationship struggles, and mental health challenges. I have completed extensive training in the treatment of trauma and find myself most passionate about helping clients heal from developmental trauma and attachment trauma related issues.

I have a nurturing and supportive approach to therapy. I believe that effective trauma-informed therapy requires mindful conceptualization and pacing to ensure client safety throughout the therapeutic process.

Kimberly Bonsiero, LCSW-C

Credentials and Specializations

  • Master of Social Work, University of Maryland Baltimore
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker – Clinical (LCSW-C)
  • EMDR Certified Clinician through EMDRIA
  • Completed Advanced Trauma Training from the Ferentz Institute.
  • Completed intensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Services Offered

  • Individual Therapy
  • Consultation

Approach to Therapy

Many individuals who I have worked with have described their previous and discouraging experiences of engaging in standard “talk therapy.” This makes sense as the verbal-linguistic part of our brain is suppressed during traumatic events, causing trauma to be stored viscerally and emotionally. This explains the powerful, often distressing, and sometimes confusing reactions we have during present interactions in our relationships and workplaces.

I practice several evidenced-based models of trauma-informed therapy such as the Eye Movement Reprocessing and Desensitization (EMDR), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and somatic-informed practices to help clients heal from trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) related symptoms.

EMDR is an experiential form of therapy which integrates visual, tactile, and/or auditory bilateral stimulation to help individuals resolve and reprocess traumatic memory. This modality of treatment helps clients shift from states of feeling disempowered, to blame, and hopeless to cultivating self-compassion, a felt sense of safety, and present understanding.

I integrate skills from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy into my practice to further help clients cultivate mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation skills. Once traumatic memory has been reprocessed, my clients have found they have increased ability to access a variety of coping skills.

Personal Life and Motivation

After graduating with my Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from McDaniel College in 2009, I pursued work experience to help me identify my next steps. I was fortunate to obtain employment at a non-profit agency in an addiction outreach services department. I became passionate about helping underserved communities, women and children, and those struggling with substance use disorders.

I was confident in my decision to apply to the University of Maryland School of Social Work, and I graduated with my Master of Social Work (MSW) in 2016. I have been privileged to work with and learn from extremely talented clinicians throughout my career.

Outside of the office, I am a mother to a beautiful baby girl, a wife, and a Maryland native. I’m an avid reader, a fitness enthusiast, and an animal lover. I’m happiest spending quiet time at home or in nature with my friends and family. I would describe myself as a realistic optimist who believes that everyone is capable of healing.

Contact Me

To schedule a free consultation to determine if we are a good fit or to learn more about my approach to therapy, contact me by phone at 410-404-6982 or by email at kbonsierolcsw-c@gmail.com.