Hannah Bonaparte, LCSW
Feel better about yourself.
Feel better about your relationships.
Therapy for the Westside of Los Angeles
About Me (she/her)
Relationships are challenging. But what many of us don’t realize is that relationships are a skill that can be learned and practiced. If you want to feel happier with yourself and in your relationships- regardless of if those around you want the same thing- making a change is possible.
How do I know? Because I’ve done it. Growing up in a home with alcoholism and codependency didn’t prepare me to be in healthy relationships. I didn't like myself very much. I struggled in my interactions with my parents, my romantic partners, and- most painful of all- my child. Today, I feel pretty good about the person I've become. I have a loving and supportive spouse, a deep bond with my daughter, and have found peace in my relationships with my parents. I feel more joy and less anxiety than I ever thought was possible.
I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (CA LCSW97977) with a Masters degree from the University of California Los Angeles. My professional experience includes work in the performing arts and entertainment industry before becoming a therapist and working in treatment centers for drug and alcohol addiction. Through this
work helping others, and through my own lived experiences, I've come to see relationships- both with ourselves and with other people- as at the center of both suffering and healing.
My work as a therapist is educational, first and foremost. My aim is to help you understand how your brain and body work. I think that when we understand ourselves like that, what we need to do to feel better gets much clearer. To help you in this journey, I'll help you: learn to identify your emotions before they turn into destructive patterns; develop mental and body-based coping skills for emotional regulation; learn new tools for effective communication and boundary-setting; build a robust support-network; and replace negative self-talk and shame with logic and understanding.
Building trust between us will always come first. As with any trauma-informed therapy, we'll work at your speed. We'll explore your life through your attachment relationships. I'll help you uncover where the pain you're feeling now comes from. And no matter what we find, we'll make a plan to teach you the skills you need to gain control of your emotions and feel better in your life and your relationships.
Research shows that the greatest predictor of success in therapy is how confident you are in your relationship with your therapist. However, finding a therapist with knowledge of and experience in treating your particular areas of concern should also be a consideration.
I specialize in working with individuals who have the following concerns:
Relationship challenges- past and present
Love addiction & Codependency
Drug and alcohol addiction & Dependence
Families of those with drug and alcohol addiction/dependence
Life transitions & Adjustment difficulty, esp. young adults
Performing artists and Entertainment professionals
Group therapy is about taking sources of struggle and turning them into vehicles for meaningful connection. It's really not like it looks in the movies. In a group, you'll feel grounded knowing your problem is not yours alone. You'll learn from others' failures and successes.
I offer different groups throughout the year, including:
Groups for adults who want to learn how to parent after their own dysfunctional childhoods
Addiction support groups for self-identified addicts and their loved ones
Do you wonder if moving your body could positively affect your mind? Maybe you struggle to calm down or gear up. Whatever your reason for wanting to walk, and whatever your reason for coming to therapy, we can always walk and talk.
50-minute Individual Therapy $175
I do not currently accept insurance. A Superbill for you to submit directly to your insurance provider is available upon request. A limited number of reduced fee or "sliding scale" appointments are sometimes available. Please mention your interest when we speak.
You have the right to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” explaining how much your mental health care will cost. Under the law, health care providers need to give clients who don’t have insurance or who are not using insurance an estimate of the expected charges for services, including psychotherapy services. You have the right to receive a Good Faith Estimate for the total expected cost of any non-emergency services, including psychotherapy services. You can ask me, and any other provider you choose, for a Good Faith Estimate before you schedule a service. If you receive a bill that is at least $400 more than your Good Faith Estimate, you can dispute the bill. Make sure to save a copy or picture of your Good Faith Estimate. For questions or more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate, visit www.cms.gov/nosurprises.
Session Locations: Indoor, Outdoor, and Telehealth
I see clients face-to-face in a traditional office on the Westside, face-to-face outdoors at the park, and online via Google Meet.
I started meeting clients outdoors during COVID. It was a way for everyone to get much-needed human contact while managing risk. It turns out, most of my clients love meeting outdoors. There's sunshine, fresh air, and the option to walk-and-talk. I do offer sessions in a traditional office one day a week now. Telehealth and outdoor appointments are always available.
If you're new to outdoor therapy or walk and talk therapy, you're not alone! These terms simply mean therapy that takes place outdoors, in a public location, and sometimes while walking. Clients who choose outdoor therapy always have the opportunity to switch to an indoor session or telehealth and vice versa. Many of my clients choose the outdoor option and switch to telehealth if they have a schedule change. Indoor sessions are a great option if the weather is bad.
If you'd like to try outdoor or walk-and-talk therapy, rest assured that the public park where we'll meet on the Westside is a far more private setting than many people imagine. There are picnic tables in the sun and shade, bathrooms, plenty of parking, and a water fountain. If you have concerns about being spotted by someone you know, we can work together to come up with a script that we'll use to help maintain your privacy. If you have additional questions or concerns about outdoor therapy, please don't hesitate to contact me.