Bonnie Dykstra, Ph.D.
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.)
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
- Spending time with Family/Friends
- Sleeping/Reading/Watching TV/Fishing
- Going to Garage Sales or Auction Sales
- Swimming/Gardening/Walking/Bike Riding
- 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.