Bonnie Howell Coach and Counsel, LLC

You Don’t Have to Do it Alone, Be Coached

Your Guide Towards a Successful and More Fulfilling Life

To find a coach and a counselor who will help you realize your personal vision, turn to Bonnie Howell Coach and Counsel, LLC. Based in Ithaca, NY, I am here to provide you with the professional advice you need whenever your life feels as though it’s not yours or at least not the one you had in mind.

During coaching sessions, I advise my clients to look deep into their inner selves, so they may find the energy and wisdom that lies within. Working together we’ll explore your options, find a new direction more of your own choosing and then map a way to get there.

In addition, you’ll learn effective techniques to be your own coach going forward; short-term intervention, long term results is my goal for every client. Given the variety of methods I’m trained and certified to provide,  I‘ll guide you to a specific plan that fits your needs and personality.


Meet Dr. Bonnie Howell

My name is Dr. Bonnie Howell, and with all humility, I am a highly qualified professional life coach, spiritual counselor, consultant and teacher. I have been listed in a variety of Who's Who Publications and was recently named Professional of the Year by the International Biographical Center of Cambridge, England.

I enjoy speaking to groups and would be glad to forward you a list of the topics I've presented in the past or we can talk about something created specifically for your audience.  

With my background in health care leadership at the local, state, and federal levels, I've successfully consulted with medical groups of all sizes and configurations, a list of those I've worked with is available upon request. We can negotiate an hourly rate or a retainer if that level of availability is most suitable to your situation.

To both my speaking and consulting roles I bring the expertise of my true calling, working one-on-one as a certified Integrative Life Coach, and spiritual counselor.  Someone who has chosen to be trained to deal with the many aspects of your one precious life.  Don't force yourself into the boxes we refer to as work life, home life, job title, career, parent, team-member.  You may be all of those things and more, but each title is interconnected with every other—and issues in one area impact your whole life.  I want to help you deal with that life the way you live it, as an integrated human being, not the sum of the parts.

Finally, and with authority I offer myself as your team coach—whatever that team configuration might be.  I've been trained (the only one in this upstate area) in the Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team™ the highly rated system developed by Wiley Publishing, known for their development of the DISC personality assessment and Patrick Lencioni, the best selling author of books on leadership and team building.

As a member of the International Association of Trauma Professionals, I am certified in coaching victims of compassion fatigue. I am a member of the International Coaching Federation, the Association of Counselors and Therapists and the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce to name a few.

Specifically, I hold the following Certifications:

  • Certified Integrative Life Coach
  • Certified Compassion Fatigue Counselor
  • Certified Hypnotherapist 
  • Certified Pastoral Counselor
  • Certified DISC individual and Team Coach
  • Certified Retirement Life Coach
  • Heartmath Biofeedback™ Specialist 

Educational Background

I am a Bachelor's Degree holder in Organizational Behavior and in Pastoral Counseling. I also earned a Master’s Degree and a Doctorate.  I have to say though my hardest and most relevant education came day by day, raised in a home with 16 other children placed who were placed in our home by social services, raising three children of my own, living through a divorce, living through a brain tumor, living through my own coping strategies.  Won't ever say been there done that because each of our stories is different and yet I believe we can learn from and help one another.

Professional Experiences

I have more than 20 years of experience as the CEO of a major regional medical center, chair of a bank board, and chair of various regional, state, and national organizations. Over the course of my career I have always used the leader as coach leadership philosophy.

Mission Statement

When individuals come to me and talk about themselves as the sum of the roles they play; when they believe they have a work life, a home life, a career, what have you; I gently push them back by saying we have but one precious life, and it's impossible to have a problem in one area that then doesn't impact every other one.

Equally as paralyzing, an individual may believe they are responsible for their own life direction but don't believe they have the tools or the motivation to be their own change agent.

Sound familiar? Not uncommon in today's changing, fast-paced world, with its universal economy and a technologically dependent society, all of which can be very isolating. My mission is to provide an avenue for change one conversation at a time.

My Philosophy

As Bonnie Howell Coach and Counsel, LLC, I believe that we are in control of our destinies; leaders in our lives. By training with this philosophy in mind, I have been privy to many personal breakthroughs with my clients. Just a few of those appear in the testimonials section.

Seven Leadership Truths was developed with this definition of leadership in mind: it's an inside job, and starts in your own life. I have spoken across the country and throughout the world on those leadership truths and have been well received by audiences from all walks of life, all stages of personal development, and all skill levels of leadership. My work appears in a book co-authored by Deepak Chopra, Jack Canfield, Dr. Denis Waitley entitled “Stepping Stones to Success.”

Words to Inspire You

I'm glad you were led here. Yes, I do mean led. I believe anyone who comes to this website comes for a reason. Welcome, even if you don't consciously know your reason for being here quite yet.   Remind me to tell you a story about why I don't believe in accidents or coincidences. To help find out why you came, try asking yourself these questions:

Are you satisfied with the direction, purpose, and fit of your life? Do you feel you’re where you want to be, or do you often feel as though you should be someone or somewhere else with a different life more of your choosing? 

Do you know who or where you'd like to be, but can't envision how to get there? Or can you not even feel that there’s something better for you out there, though you're not happy where you are? 

Most of us fall into one of those places from time to time. I know I sure have. But if it's more than an occasional passing thought or if the state of mind often causes you to feel unhappy or unfulfilled, I want to help.

I offer a variety of coaching, counseling, and consulting services. All are aimed at helping you overcome the obstacles in your life or between you and your goals. I specialize in focused short-term interventions and endeavor to provide you with tools you can use for a lifetime of self-coaching.

I promise to work with you to create a strong foundation — a foundation that is solid enough for you to build the future you want for you, your family, your work team, or your organization. 

They count on you; I hope you will learn to count on my skills and my intention. That's what I mean when I say you don't have to do it alone. I offer personal coaching, parenting skills, family team building, career guidance, and workplace team development advice because those are the things that make up your one precious life. 

Frankly, at the risk of repeating myself, I don’t believe that isolating artificial constructs like a personal life, a work life, a family life, or a career is a helpful coaching or counseling model The goal is to give you “take home” skills to  secure in your own personal tool box —used to be your own coach in your own integrated life. The very latest technology is used to make change easier and more interesting.


Best, Bonnie