Writer Bio

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Bonnie A. McKeegan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who weaves writing poetry, fiction, and memoir with themes of grief and growth into busy family life.

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Bonnie A. McKeegan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who weaves writing poetry, fiction, and memoir with themes of grief and growth into a busy family life. She was a member of Sierra Writers in Nevada City, CA. Bonnie believes creative activities such as writing, art, gardening, handwork, and crafting can greatly enhance the healing process. She earned her BA in Social Work and Master of Social Work degree from California State University, Sacramento. Her writing has varied in purpose and style from personal journaling, Grange newsletter editing, charter school parent handbook editor, to her Master’s Thesis Project which focused on special issues women face when seeking substance abuse treatment. You can find her blog musings at http://www.bonniemckeeganauthor.wordpress.com.

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Bonnie A. McKeegan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who weaves writing poetry, fiction, and memoir with themes of grief and growth into busy family life. She was a member of Sierra Writers in Nevada City, CA. Bonnie believes creative activities such as writing, art, gardening, handwork, and crafting can greatly enhance the healing process. She earned her BA in Social Work and Master of Social Work degree from California State University, Sacramento. Bonnie’s personal and professional experiences with trauma, death, loss, codependency, and chronic pain have provided her with opportunities for deeply spiritual, emotional, and mental growth. She also uses writing as a means to bring attention to social issues and memorialize family stories. You can find her blog musings at http://www.bonniemckeeganauthor.wordpress.com.

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Bonnie A. McKeegan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who weaves writing poetry, fiction, and memoir with themes of grief and growth into busy family life. She was a member of Sierra Writers in Nevada City, CA. She believes creative activities such as writing, art, gardening, handwork, and crafting can greatly enhance the healing process.

Bonnie earned her BA in Social Work and Master of Social Work degree from California State University, Sacramento. Her writing has varied in purpose and style, from personal journaling, Grange newsletter editor, and charter school parent handbook editor, to her Master’s Thesis Project which focused on special issues women face when seeking substance abuse treatment.

Bonnie’s personal and professional experiences with trauma, death, loss, codependency, and chronic pain have provided her with opportunities for spiritual, emotional, and mental growth. She also uses writing as a means to bring attention to social issues and memorialize family stories.

Bonnie lives in Grass Valley, CA. She enjoys creative writing, painting, yoga, nature walks, camping, snow skiing, reading, lake days, tending to the family pets, and spending time with family and friends. Bonnie’s favorite relaxation spot is parked in a camp chair beside a fire at the ocean.

Bonnie writes to:

  •  acknowledge and support others as they navigate life’s challenges
  •  inspire hope in the darkest of times
  • acknowledge that while certain wounds never fully heal, joy can return even after devastating loss
  •  say, “Do not give up. Get back on the horse, a pony if you need to, just keep going.”
  •  teach people to re-frame “I can’t” into what they can accomplish
  •  demonstrate that perseverance is the journey
  • encourage global compassion for self and others
  • translate life experience and clinical knowledge into fiction, non-fiction, and poetry

Bonnie’s achievements:

  • A Quick Guide to Starting Your Solo Private Practice
  • Current Volunteer & Storyteller for Compassion & Choices
  • Past Board Director Full Circle of Living and Dying
  • Past Executive Committee Board Member Sierra Writers
  • Past Board Member Director Sierra Montessori Academy A Public Charter School
  • Past Board Member Yuba River Charter School Education Foundation 501(c)3
  • Past Parent Member Yuba River Charter School Parent Council
  • Co-founding Parent American River Charter School
  • Founding Parent/President/Treasurer Friends of American River Charter School – A Fundraising Group
  • Home Schooling Teacher to her twins K –3rd and 8th Grade
  • Past Secretary / Newsletter Editor Pilot Hill Grange #1
  • Completed Master’s Research Project at California State University, Sacramento 1998 – Gender-specific Substance Abuse Treatment for Women: A Women and Children’s Residential Program in Northern California
  • State of California Licensed Clinical Social Worker 2006
  • Master of Social Work (MSW) 1998
  • Bachelor of Arts in Social Work Magna Cum Laude 1997

Connect with Bonnie:

Writer Blog http://www.bonniemckeeganauthor.wordpress.com

Private Practice http://www.bonniemckeeganlcsw.net

Twitter @Bonbonmckeegan

Bonnie McKeegan’s Private Practice Biography / Brief Introduction

Bonnie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Grass Valley where she offers end-of-life-related services.

Bonnie earned her BA in Social Work and Master of Social Work degree from California State University, Sacramento in 1997 and 1998, respectively.

Bonnie’s personal and professional experiences with trauma, death and loss, codependency, chronic illness, infertility, parenting of twins, and other life circumstances have provided her with opportunities for deep spiritual, emotional, and mental growth.

She believes activities such as art, gardening, creative writing, handwork and crafting, yoga and other forms of mind, body, and spirit practices can greatly enhance our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual healing processes. She treats individuals from a holistic perspective, seeing them as whole beings, encompassing mind, body, and spirit.

Bonnie has special interests in caregiver stress, death and dying/end of life options, issues in mature adulthood, grief, loss, and growth through creativity, as well as compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, and PTSD in first responders.

4 Replies to “Writer Bio”

  1. Thank you for following my blog and a warm welcome to mine. Your work is inspiring and the belief that writing is one of the cornerstones within the healing process, couldn’t be more accurate. Reading your bio clearly reads you have a passion for encouraging others not to give up. Looking forward to reading more. Many blessings to you and be well.

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    1. I am so glad my passion about not giving up comes through. It’s hard to know, when I write, if my message makes sense. Sometimes I don’t realize the messages in my writing until someone else reads it and tells me – love feedback. Thank you for visiting and following my blog as well!

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