About Bonnie

Dance until you shatter yourself. Rumi

At 4 years old I lost both parents and everything I knew. By 13, I had discovered how to escape in various unhealthy ways and at about the same time (14) I found my first yoga class. By 23 I was a mum, wife, studying to teach yoga and a mess, and by 27 a widow, business owner, student (and still a mess).

I found myself wanting some normality. I continued to study ancient scriptures and successfully completed my masters. I continued to practice and learn to teach Ashtanga yoga, studied again as a professional coach and completed my graduate diploma in psychotherapy. During this time, I began to realize that normal was the most overrated thing that ever happened to me. That normal meant following someone else’s rules and someone else’s ideas of what life should look like, and most normal people were just as unhappy as I was.


Now I coach, teach and mentor people in what I have learnt from over 30 years of experimenting on myself. I continue my research into understanding the science behind mental/emotional change and how this fits in with my understanding of psychotherapy, coaching and spiritual practices/techniques.

However, this business isn’t about me, it’s about you.

Who are you? What makes you tick? What’s holding you back?

Not sure? Contact me so we can have an honest conversation about what’s going on.

bonnie@bonnieoneill.co.nz
+64 21 02037733

Live well. Be brave. Shine.


Credentials

  • Masters in Communication (Inc a paper in Counselling and Micro-skills)
  • Graduate Diploma in Professional Coaching
  • Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy
  • 30+ years Ashtanga Yoga practice & teaching (YA200, YA500)
  • Certificates in Hatha Yoga, Pregnancy Yoga and Mindfulness
  • Volunteered for Hospice and the Anxiety Helpline
  • Mum – Business Owner – Nonconformist since 1972

Testimonials

I’ve always regarded Bonnie as an amazing empathetic person from the first time I met her. When I was becoming aware my daughter Olivia was having trouble dealing with some things, I approached Bonnie about talking to Olivia to provide some counselling and give her someone to talk to in private confidential situation. We had noticed Olivia was feeling quite low, was struggling with growing up as a young lady and knowing where her world is going, keeping on top of school work, and keeping up with general home life.

Bonnie was fantastic and helpful, arranging to meet with Olivia every 2nd week after work/school, and over the next few weeks we noticed a significant change in her general happiness and attitude. They are now catching up by video call as required, which we feel gives Olivia someone to talk to in complete professional privacy.