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Bonnie Cardell


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Bonnie Cardell Marriage & Family Therapy and LENS Neurofeedback Provider

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Bonnie Cardell is a leader and LGBTQIA+ affirming therapist who works from a Jungian-based Humanistic-Existential model. She is the president of Gaylesta, the primary LGBTQIA+ psychotherapist networking organization in the San Francisco Bay Area. Bonnie loves working in the helping profession and is motivated by Neuroscience. She is trained in both Bio and Neurofeedback. She has provided Quantitative Electroencephalogram (QEEG), EEG Brain Training, neurostimulation (LENS, tACS, tDCS, and pEMF), and Heart Rate Variability (HRV) Training, among other interventions in private practice for ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, TBI, and PTSD symptom reduction.

Other modalities and styles of psychotherapy used include but are not limited to: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Creative Expression, Motivational Interviewing (MI), Psychodynamic Reflection, Psychosynthesis, Mindfulness-based interventions, Relaxation Techniques, Solutions Focused Therapy, Hypnosis, and longer-term Existential-Humanistic talk therapy based on Logo-Therapy (meaning-based therapy established by Victor Frankl).

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” ~ Victor E. Frankl
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Over the years, Bonnie has worked in Information Technology, managed processes and projects, has been a clinical supervisor, addressed large audiences, led psychoeducation workshops specializing in brain health, and has also published several scientific abstracts in the fields of Psychophysiology and Transgender Health. She is finishing her Ph.D. and doctoral studies on transgender health in conjunction with Saybrook University in Pasadena.

Bonnie received her master’s in counseling psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto in 2013 and has been licensed as an MFT in the state of California since 2017. She has worked in both private practice and not for profit clinical work, most prevalently for Dignity Health in Acute Adolescent Psychiatric over eight years. Her last position held there was Milieu Therapist: Clinical Services Program Coordinator, which was responsible for clinical supervision and training of 12 practicum MFT & LCSW interns, unlicensed staff support, oversight of group psychotherapy in the Counseling Enriched Education Department, as well as clinical groups and services in the Acute Adolescent Inpatient Department. She has also worked with adults with acute psychiatric disorders in both crisis stabilization and permanent housing.

When she is not working, Bonnie enjoys spending time with her family, beekeeping, and traveling. She has three cats and a dog. She was recently transplanted to Sacramento Valley in California from San Francisco and is very excited to start her new chapter with Sutter Health as the Supervisor for the Psychiatric Response Team at the Sutter Center for Psychiatry in conjunction with the Sutter Medical Center Sacramento. She also recently reopened her private practice in East Sacramento and offers her clients psychotherapy, hypnosis, and Biofeedback. Specialties that have emerged for her are working to improve dysregulated breathing, mindfulness instruction, and helping people who are recovering from Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI). Her professional goals are to keep learning and provide services and support to make other peoples’ jobs and lives easier.
Currently accepting new clients?

Telehealth (for Referral/Org. members only)

Telehealth: primary state

Main Office

Work phone
Office #1: Address
3120 O Street, #3
Office #1: City
Office #1: State
Office #1: Zip
Office #1: Disability access?
Office hours
By appointment

Demographic info (optional).

  • she/her/hers
  • Female
Sexual orientation
  • Queer
  • Lesbian
  • White/Euro American
  • Other

Credentials (required)

Prof. degree
  • MA
  • PhD (in prog)
Prof. degree concentration
  • Counseling Psych./Clinical Psych.
  • Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Marriage/Family Therapy
Year degree obtained
Educational institution
Institute of Transpersonal Psychology
License type
  • LMFT
Year originally licensed
License number
LMFT 102066
License expiration date
January 31, 2025

Background and practice info

Theoretical approaches to my work
  • Client Centered / Person-Centered
  • Cognitive Behavioral
  • Existential
  • Family Systems
  • Feminist
  • Humanistic
  • Jungian
  • Narrative
  • Psychodynamic
  • Transpersonal
Clinical techniques
  • CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)
  • Dream Work
  • Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Guided Imagery
  • Relaxation Training
  • Sand Play
Clinical specializations
  • ADHD
  • Adolescents
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Artists / Creativity
  • Bipolar Disorders
  • Children
  • Coming Out
  • Depression
  • Discrimination / Stigmatization
  • Families: Alternative
  • Gender Identity / Trans / GNC
  • Grief / Loss / Dying
  • Group Psychotherapy
  • Mental Health of Family Members
  • Midlife Issues
  • Parenting / Surrogacy / Adoption
  • PTSD
  • Self Esteem
  • Sexuality
  • Spirituality
  • Stress / Burnout
Specialized populations
Alternative Families
Depression, Stress, Anxiety, ADHD
Types of therapy
  • Brief (Time-Limited) Therapy
  • Consultation
  • Counseling
  • Family Therapy
  • Individual Therapy
  • Long-Term Therapy
  • Therapy Groups
  • Workshops
Languages (used in therapy)
  • English
Client ages
  • Teens / Adolescents
  • Adults
Sliding scale
Insurance info
Private Pay or PPO.
Provide Billing Services for Out of Network Insurance or PPO.
Available 24 hrs?

Additional Offices

Office #2: Address
14 Precita Avenue
Office #2: City
San Francisco
Office #2: State
Office #2: Zip
Office #2: Disability access?
Office #2: Disability details
one flight of stairs leading to the office

Group Therapy Information

Group #1: Telehealth state
Group #2: Telehealth state
Group #3: Telehealth state