Last edited 02/14/2024

Vanessa Bonatto LCSW

VerifiedOffers Online Therapy
Acepting new clientsAccepts Insurance
Headshot of Vanessa Bonatto Licensed Clinical Social Worker

General Office Hours

In Eastern Time

Mondayfrom 09:00 AM to 07:00 PM
Tuesdayfrom 09:00 AM to 07:00 PM
Wednesdayfrom 09:00 AM to 07:00 PM
Thursdayfrom 09:00 AM to 07:00 PM
Fridayfrom 09:00 AM to 07:00 PM
Saturdayfrom 09:00 AM to 07:00 PM
Sundayfrom 09:00 AM to 07:00 PM

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What does a first session with you look like?

To provide the safe space needed for adolescents in therapy it is important to note that my protocol is to refrain from sharing therapy session discussions with parents. I can provide parents with treatment updates, progress made, and skills taught. I will include parents if there is a safety risk (suicidal/homicidal ideation, intent, plan) or report suspected abuse (physical, emotional, sexual). This can be frustrating for parents as they want to know, so they can help. Parents can be helpful by allowing this safe space for their teen. If it is helpful to know, I often encourage my adolescents to be more open with parents and can provide them with the language to present that information in the most effective way to be heard and understood. I encourage both parents and teens to read and understand my approach and how I may be of help. If you feel I can help please take the next step to schedule an intake appointment.

What is your style/approach to therapy?

I have been practicing since 2009 as a child and adolescent therapist. I have had the opportunity to work in both Pennsylvania and California in a variety of settings including residential, Partial Hospitalization, Intensive Outpatient, school-based and outpatient clinic. I have worked with youth who have experienced depression, anxiety, trauma, self-injurious (self-harm) behaviors and suicidal thoughts and actions. I am trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma Focused CBT, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). I find that each adolescent requires thoughtfulness in determining the approaches and skills used based on their needs and experiences.


Bipolar disorder

Family issues

Coping Skills

General Expertise



Mood disorders

Personality disorders

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Self Harm

Suicidal ideation

Peer Relationships

In-Network Insurance


UnitedHealthCare (UHC)

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield


Young Adults (18-24)

Adolescents (13-17)


  • California, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, CW022550


University of Pittsburgh (PA)

Online Therapy

Frequently Asked Questions About Vanessa Bonatto, LCSW

It’s not uncommon to have questions before starting therapy. Vanessa Bonatto, LCSW, has answered a few of the questions they receive most often from new clients.

Is Vanessa Bonatto accepting new clients?

Yes, Vanessa Bonatto is accepting new clients for online therapy in California.

Does Vanessa Bonatto accept insurance?

Yes, Vanessa Bonatto accepts insurance, including Cigna, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and UnitedHealthCare (UHC).

Does Vanessa Bonatto offer in-person appointments?

No, but people in California can book Vanessa Bonatto for virtual appointments (teletherapy).

Does Vanessa Bonatto offer online therapy?

Yes, Vanessa Bonatto offers online therapy via video sessions and phone sessions to people in California.

How quickly can I see Vanessa Bonatto?

Vanessa Bonatto typically can speak with new clients within 48 hours. You can see their current general office hours and request an appointment on their profile page.

What languages does Vanessa Bonatto speak?

Vanessa Bonatto conducts therapy sessions in English.

Can I book an appointment with Vanessa Bonatto online?

Yes, you can easily book an appointment with Vanessa Bonatto online using Choosing Therapy’s directory.