Bonnie Culpepper, MFTC
A little bit about Bonnie
Born and raised in Southwest Virginia, I spent the first part of my life nestled amongst the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Upon graduating from college, I moved to Washington, DC to pursue my career as a relationship counselor. Following my love for the mountains and appreciation of the outdoors, I relocated to Colorado a few years later and quickly made Denver my home. I have enjoyed it here ever since!
When I’m not working, I am active outside or tapping in to my creative interests. I love combining my passion for photography with a great hike or a fun day on the slopes. When I have time, I enjoy painting and diving into DIY projects too. I can often be found listening to a variety of music and appreciate opportunities to discover new, local bands. Of course, Red Rocks is officially my favorite venue. By nature, I have an upbeat personality, a big smile, and love to laugh. When life gets hard, which it does at times for all of us, I utilize mindfulness practices and positivity to get me through the day.
Why I decided to pursue a career in Marriage and Family Therapy
I have known I would be in the mental health field for most of my life. However, a significant event that occurred while I was entering adulthood profoundly influenced my desire to be a therapist. At the age of 17, my family experienced a traumatic house fire where we lost our home, sentimental family possessions, and our beloved pets. I experienced fear and loneliness at a whole new level, and even lost my sense of self. Grieving my painful losses and redefining myself was a long, difficult journey. I felt desolate and vulnerable. Through this process, I realized the importance of healing and the challenges of discovering resilience in the toughest of times. Through the support of others, I found a way to move forward and become a stronger individual. I learned it is possible to heal, grow and actually thrive in the face of negative life events. This experience reinforced my desire to help others heal past wounds or overcome current challenges in order to move forward in a positive and fulfilling way. It is my passion to provide a safe place for individuals, couples or families to explore their lives and rediscover happiness.
Marriage and Family Therapist Candidate, MFTC#13554
Advanced Training with ICEEFT - Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
Master of Science, Marriage and Family Therapy - Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Bachelor of Science, Psychology - Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Inova Kellar Center - Kellar Center is a non-profit agency for children, teens and families where individual and family therapy services were provided to clients in their homes.
Family Life Center - I provided individual, couple, and family therapy services to active duty and retired military personnel while also facilitating a psycho-educational pre-marital couples course.
Center for Family Services Virginia - I specialized in couples counseling in addition to providing individual and family therapy services for adolescents and adults.
Professional Research and Publications
Culpepper, B. C. (2013) Relations Between Depression and Relationship Quality Among Couples with a Depressed Male. (Unpublished Manuscript). A study designed to gain an in-depth understanding of spouses’ experience of male depression within their relationships, and examine the relationship between marital discord and depression.
Wittenborn, A., Culpepper, B., & Liu, T. (2012). Treating depression in men: The role of emotionally focused couple therapy. Contemporary Family Therapy, 34, 89-103.
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Pre-Clinical Fellow
Colorado Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Member
International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy, Member
Random ‘Fun’ Facts About Me
Best Goal: To live in the present moment with self-compassion (which isn’t always easy!).
Best Habit: My willingness to be open minded when trying new things! I love meeting new people and traveling to places I’ve never been before.
Best Reason to be Happy: To enjoy life with the people you love!
Best Legal Route to Joy: Being spontaneous, even if it’s just taking a different route to work or going to a new restaurant for the first time.
Best Flaw: I always strive to be the best at what I do and give everything my all, both professionally and in my personal relationships. It has helped me achieve a lot of goals, but I have noticed I can be a little too hard on myself from time to time.
Best Accomplishment: Creating my bucket list! It has challenged me to try new things and has enhanced my life. I’ve done some pretty amazing things that I would never have done otherwise.
Best Motto: “As long as you are breathing, there is more right with you than there is wrong, no matter how ill or how hopeless you may feel.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn
Best Under-Appreciated Skill: Probably my ability to remember random movie quotes! Jim Carrey is my favorite.
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