Bonnie Harrison, MSHS, LMHC
Psychotherapist, Transformational Coach, Author
Bonnie Harrison is a well-known licensed New York City-based psychotherapist, administrator, educator, transformational seminar leader, and writer. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from The City College of New York, with a concentration in Africana Studies and Communications. During that time, she assisted in the coordination of the Alex Haley-led, Kente Project which resulted in the world renowned book and mini series, ROOTS.
Her graduate and postgraduate studies in Human Services, Counseling and Community Psychology, helped prepare her for the challenges inherent in working with people of African descent using non-traditional models of service delivery in a dominant-culture systems, medical model construct. Bonnie is among “the firsts” in the Human Services Field. She holds distinction as being the first Co-chair of the NYC LGBT Mental Health Concerns Committee; the first to develop and facilitate HIV support groups and services for gay men and women of African descent, and the first to form a national family and community education/ advocacy group, The Loving Hilda Project, to address the needs of people of African descent with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Her Whole Health Counseling Model for Personal and Social Change is an ethno- culturally- based, transformational counseling model. It has been supported by the NYC Dept. of Health through the funding of groups using this model when developing and facilitating support groups for HIV+ gay men of color. She has lectured and taught at various universities and colleges throughout the Northeast. Bonnie has published articles, and run seminars and workshops on a wide range of subjects including, relationships, seniors and sexuality, recovery, and counseling Black gay men, lesbian women, and seniors.
Professor Harrison became highly recognized for her pioneering work during the early ‘80s and ‘90s that focused on culturally competent programmatic and clinical interventions for people of African descent who had HIV/AIDS diagnoses
Bonnie joined the staff of GRIOT Circle, Inc. as Director. Program Services and Evaluation in 2010. She functions as a workshop/seminar leader, trainer, and consultant as well.