Antoinette Bonafede, LMSW, DBT, REBT

Antoinette understands that when life becomes stressful or overwhelming, it can be easy to lose sight of the qualities that make us unique and extraordinary.  She uses a humanistic approach to build trusting and therapeutic relationships that allow clients to feel at ease and ready to understand themselves better.

Antoinette specializes in effective communication to support the wants, needs, and desires of the individual. She believes that when a person can express themselves in a way that is both clear and appropriate, it opens the door for a more significant conversation and allows clients to see their strength even in moments of weakness.

Antoinette is honest, sincere, and direct. She works in tandem with clients to define current issues and understand the connections between past trauma, life experience, and strengths that can significantly impact how a person moves forward in their life.

Antoinette is malleable to the client’s needs and recognizes that no two individuals are the same. She integrates many modalities into her work to ensure person-centered and individualized care and identifies growth areas to find the best version of themselves. Modalities include the use of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Therapy, and Rational Emotional Behavioral Therapy (REBT). Antoinette has completed many pieces of training to strengthen her clinical skill set, including:

  • Albert Ellis Institute’s Primary Certificate Practicum in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy
  • Columbia University School of Social Work- Adult Psychopharmacology for Non-prescribing Clinicians
  • Clearly Clinical- Providing inclusive, Respectful Care to your Gender Questioning, Transgender & Non-Binary Clients
  • Clearly Clinical- Narcissist: The Skilled Abuser Part II: How Narcissistic Personalities Effect Family Dynamics
  • Make an Impact-The Good Enough Therapist: Futility, Failure, and Forgiveness in Treatment
  • Clearly Clinical- Lifting Black Voices: Therapy, Trust and Racial Trauma


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