Karen Bonnell

ZOOM video platform
Kirkland, Washington 98033
United States
Office Phone: 4254544510
Member since 2007
Membership Type: IACP


Mental Health Professional, Mediator, Other

Karen will help you answer the question, “What’s best for kids?” …and build a firm foundation as you restructure your family. Parents receive guidance for how to keep kids central and parenting strong – even under difficult circumstances. Karen has culled her knowledge and skills from 40 years as a psychotherapist / psychiatric nurse practitioner (retired) to inform today’s coaching: Her ability to provide you not only a safe harbor to explore concerns, but also to gain insight into best practices as you plan for two-home family life and beyond … even as you begin dating again or creating a stepfamily.

For professionals, Karen is available for consultation anytime you hope that two heads will be better than one. There may be information, resources, referrals you need – don’t hesitate to ask. If you’re a representative of a group, organization or law firm seeking advanced training – forward-thinking methodologies and skills – Karen’s nationally sought-after programs are described under Mentoring Services. Please reach out with questions and for additional information.

Author with Kristin Little: "The Co-Parents' Handbook: Raising Well-Adjusted, Resilient, and Resourceful Kids in a Two-Home Family from Little Ones to Young Adults" (published July 2014, CMC Publishers and June of 2017 Random House).

Author of "The Parenting Plan Handbook: A Four-Part Video Guide to Skillfully Building a Strong, Child-Centered Parenting Plan" with Felicia Malsby Soleil, JD published 2017 Random House with companion video series on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/user/karenbonnell).

"The Stepfamily Handbook: From Dating to Getting Serious and Forming a 'Blended Family'" with Patricia Papernow, EdD, CMC publishing 2018.

Area(s) of Practice: Divorce Coach, Co-Parent Coach, Mediator, Consultant, and Mentor for Professionals
License(s): Washington State ARNP retired 2/2021 ~Board Certified in Adult Psych-Mental Health Nursing since 1982; retired 2/2021

Professional Activities

King County Collaborative Law Board member (past) Collaborative Professionals of Washington Board member (past)

Undergraduate Education

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, BSN, 1977

Postgraduate Education

Univeristy of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MS in Psychiatric Nursing, 1980

Professional Education

Please access my CV/Education and Experience: https://karensbonnell.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Karen-Bonnell-CV-2022.pdf


I'm also available to serve as a 'young adult' specialist for a family of children ages 16 and above.