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Bonnie A. McKeegan, LCSW is a private practice psychotherapist providing mental health treatment to adults, who also weaves writing poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and memoir, with themes of grief and growth, into a busy family life. She is a member of Sierra Writers in Grass Valley, CA. She believes creative activities such as writing, art, gardening, handwork, photography, and crafting can greatly enhance the healing process.

Bonnie has a BA in Social Work and a Master of Social Work degree from California State University, Sacramento. Her writing has varied in purpose and style, from embellished personal journaling, editing a grange newsletter and charter school parent handbook to her Master’s Thesis Project, which focused on special issues women face when seeking substance abuse treatment.

Bonnie’s personal and professional experiences with trauma, death, loss, codependency, and chronic illness have provided her with opportunities for deep spiritual, emotional, and mental growth. She also uses writing as a means to bring attention to social issues and memorialize family stories.
Bonnie lives and works in Grass Valley, CA. She enjoys yoga, nature walks, traveling, camping, snow skiing, reading, lake days, tending to the family pets, and spending time with family and friends. Bonnie’s favorite relaxation spot is parked in a camp chair beside a fire at the ocean.

Bonnie writes to:
• acknowledge and support others as they navigate challenges and grief
• inspire hope in the darkest of times
• acknowledge that certain wounds never fully heal but joy can return even after devastating loss
• say, “Do not give up. Get back on the horse, a pony if you need to, just keep going.”
• teach people to reframe, “I can’t,” into what they can, in fact, accomplish
• demonstrate that perseverance is the journey
• encourage global compassion for self and others
• translate life experience and clinical knowledge into fiction, non-fiction, and poetry

Bonnie’s achievements:
• Past Board Member / Secretary Sierra Montessori Academy A Public Charter School
• Past Board Member Yuba River Charter School Education Foundation 501(c)3
• Past Parent Member Yuba River Charter School Parent Council
• A Founding Parent American River Charter School
• A Founding Parent Friends of American River Charter School – A Non-profit Fundraising Group
• Home Schooling Teacher to her twins K –3rd & 8th Grade
• Past Secretary / Newsletter Editor Pilot Hill Grange #1
• Completed Master’s Research Project at California State University, Sacramento 1998 – Gender-specific Substance Abuse Treatment for Women: A Women and Children’s Residential Program in Northern California
• State of California Licensed Clinical Social Worker 2006
• Master of Social Work (MSW) 1998 CSUS
• Bachelor of Arts in Social Work Magna Cum Laude 1997 CSUS

Connect with Bonnie:
Instagram: @bonniemckeeganwriter