Bonnie Miriani, CAADC, LMSW

(she/her/hers)

Education & credentials

LMSW
Masters Social Work – Michigan State University

BSW
Bachelors Social Work – University of Texas at El Paso

CAADC
Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor

Board Member
Lansing Area AIDS Network

Bilingual English / Spanish

Philosophy

I believe in meeting individuals where they are at; being present, respectful, warm and authentic. Being non-
judgmental, inclusive, friendly, encouraging, compassionate, empathetic and motivating while using Strength
Based Perspectives, CBT, System’s Theory, Solution Focused, Trauma Informed, and Mindfulness tools and
techniques to guide the therapeutic process.

Personal Statement

Congratulations on taking the first of many steps towards your journey of self-discovery, self-reflection, self-
care and healing. And for those of you who have been in therapy before, it’s an opportunity to re-assess life
goals, direction and seek additional insight and purpose. A non-judgmental, inclusive, friendly, encouraging,
compassionate, empathetic and motivating relationship will guide our therapeutic practice towards personal
healing.

Special Interests

LGBTQ, Transitions in life, Relationship concerns, Trauma, Substance Use Disorder education, prevention
and treatment, Women’s Issue, Depression and Anxiety, Stress management, Grief and Loss.

About me

What do you love doing more than anything in the world? 
With the busy-ness of life, it’s always nice to spend quality time with my wife and son, whether it’s relaxing
by a fire, grabbing frozen yogurt, cooking, taking drives or simply sitting in the same room texting one
another!

What is the self-care strategy you use most often? 
Enjoying moments cooking, putting together photo books, polishing Petoskey stones, reading, relaxing at a
baseball game or watching a movie.

What was your dream job when you were in elementary school? 
I didn’t really have one. But, 25 years later I am proud I became a social worker. As a family of social
workers and other helping professions, our motto was “cherish the privilege of helping those along their
journey through life.”

What is your favorite movie of all time? 
Too many to list, but my all-time favorites would be League of their Own, Mamma Mia (Part 1), any of the
Rocky movies, Pretty Woman, Moonstruck, Birdcage, ET, and Dance with Me.

Describe your ideal vacation? Has it happened yet? 
A couple of years ago, my family and I took a week-long trip to Cozumel to celebrate my father-in-law’s 85 th
birthday. It was definitely a trip of a lifetime for all of us. We snorkeled, listened to live Mexican/Caribbean
music by the sea, ate local food and spent hours at the MEGA, a supermarket city where one can buy just about
anything to make a Cozumel trip memorable and authentic, visited hard working local vendors, and spent a day
at the historic pyramids of Chichen Itza. My next dream vacation would be Hong Kong, for many reasons.
The rich culture, scenery, endless Street Food Vendors and because one of my best friends was born and raised
there. When she travels, I love to live vicariously through her posts.

What is the most delicious meal you can imagine? 
Authentic Mexican food (green/red chili, beans, fresh tortillas) from Hatch, New Mexico, preferably prepared
by my mother or late grandmother. It was through both of these incredibly strong women that I learned
invaluable life lessons on family, love, compassion, work ethic, doing your best in all situations, family,
forgiveness, loyalty and most importantly sharing the most intimate parts of yourself with those you deeply
care about. Now, it brings me infinite warmth and joy to hear my son and his friends say, “you make the best
rice ever!”

Schedule & Appointments

If you're interested in scheduling a new client appointment with Bonnie Miriani, call 810-494-7180

If you are an existing client of Bonnie Miriani's and need to reach her directly, call her 517-225-6713