Bonnie Dykstra, Ph.D.

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Bonnie

Coordinator of AOD Treatment and Recovery
Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, CAADC
Central Michigan University (B.S), Central Michigan University (M.A.), Walden University (Ph.D.)

Email: dykstrb1@gvsu.edu

StrengthsFinder Top 5: Relator, Individualization, Learner, Arranger, Connectedness

Approach to Therapy: My approach is integrative (empathy model, person-centered & behavioral), with an emphasis on systems & past experiences on current coping.  I attempt to relate and accept individuals where they are in life, but also focus on helping individuals shed baggage/unhealthy thinking patterns/unhealthy coping that may interfere with reaching goals. I attempt to use the approach that works best for the individual, ranging from reflecting feelings to giving direction and feedback in a constructive and guiding manner.  I truly enjoy interacting with people and assisting them with reaching their dreams.

Campus and Community Involvement:

  • Alcohol Advisory Committee
  • Fostering Laker Success Committee
  • Liaison for Recovery Meetings at GVSU

Areas of Clinical Interest:

  • Substance Abuse – Alcohol & Other Drug Issues
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Anxiety/Depression Management
  • Sensory Processing Disorders
  • Unique Learners and Related Adjustment Issues

Self-Care:

  • Spending time with Family/Friends
  • Sleeping/Reading/Watching TV/Fishing
  • Going to Garage Sales or Auction Sales
  • Swimming/Gardening/Walking/Bike Riding

Fun Fact/s:

  • My son says I’m not as funny or “cool” as I think I am.
  • I was a first-generation student from a very low SES.
  • Relaxing to me is being busy, but with things I enjoy.
  • It wasn’t until my senior year of college that I really learned how to study.
  • During my senior year of college I change my major from accounting to psychology.