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Dori Samadzai Bonner, LPCC

As a person-centered therapist, Dori (she/her) prides herself with always leading with compassion. Dori wholeheartedly believes in the power of empathy and kindness whilst empowering her clients to reach their full potential through the self-actualization process aka living their best life! Dori believes that because individual experiences vary, she takes an eclectic approach to counseling. With a focus in mindfulness, when necessary Dori incorporates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Brief Solution Focused Therapy (BSFT), and or Motivational Interviewing (MI) in order to help her clients achieve their optimal mental health goals or any other aspirations. Dori is a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate and an MSC Level II Psychotherapist.

Dori (she/her) has experienced her own suffering and challenges which lead her to the counseling profession. Experiencing the power of counseling herself as a client, Dori was inspired to return to school at Lindsey Wilson College and obtained a graduate degree in Master of Education in Counseling. Dori knows first hand just how difficult it can be not only to first admit that a problem exists AND to take the steps necessary in seeking help. Dori is a strong believer in that our thoughts, feelings, and actions are intertwined and thereby how we think affects how we feel which in turn has an impact on how we act. 

Perhaps it is through her experience as a first generation immigrant, Dori takes pride in being a thoughtful multicultural counselor who wishes to help the immigrant population with the many challenges that the families experience while settling in and learning a new culture. In addition, Dori is impassioned with motivating the youth to appreciate the many opportunities and freedoms unique to those blessed enough to call the United States of America home. Further, Dori considers it an honor to help fellow mothers not only to find balance, but to re-discover themselves. Lastly, growing up in a war-torn-country, Dori understands issues that arise from deployments such as PTSD, separation, adjustment, anxiety etc and would consider it a privilege to work with veterans, active duty military officers, and their families. 

Dori’s approach to counseling is to first take the time not only to build a therapeutic alliance with each client by learning their story, but also to understand their approach to challenges, tap into their strengths, challenge them to address their limitations and customize therapeutic interventions. Dori has been known to hold the client’s hand, cry with them, and have meaningful connections with each client with a deep desire to help each client experience hope and happiness.

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