Cheryl Bowen

(MA, LCMHC, LADC)

About Me

Hello and welcome to betterhelp.
I know this is a big step. Reaching out for help and support. Let me introduce myself. I am Cheryl . I have worked in the substance abuse field since 1986. I am a licensed alcohol and drug counselor and have been since 1997. I received my Certified Clinical Supervisors certificate in 2005. I graduated from Springfield College with my Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling in 2008. I am a licensed mental health counselor since 2010. I work with individuals, couples and families. I meet the client where they are at. I utilize client centered therapy to help the clients identify their strengths by utilizing motivation interview and cognitive behavioral therapy. I work effectively with clients who suffer with symptoms of depression, anxiety, mood disorders, PTSD and other mental health issues. I have experience with working with adolescence, adults and the elderly. I help clients see that change is possible. At times life can be difficult, challenging and unpredictable. These factors influence our wellbeing, as well as the way we react to our circumstances. Psychotherapy is a collaborative process between a client and his or her therapist. As your therapist I will assist you in exploring personal, relational, mental health, drug or alcohol problems or any other issues that might be impacting your life.
My counseling philosophy is that, you are the expert in your own life. You being the expert means, that we will work together to come up with the best skills for you to move from the place you are to the place you want to be. We work together to help you learn skills to navigate from your current situation , to a new place in your life. I use Person-Centered and Strength-Based styles to help each person come up with skills needed to help you in your current situations. My role is to guide and support you in learning and implementing the skills and confidence needed to help you improve your overall life. Together, working as a team, We can come up with the best skills to ensure success. I am down to earth, and I make myself available, so that I can provide a listening ear, relevant feedback and support when needed. I look forward to meeting you and working together to ensure success.
My therapeutic style involves helping you to arrive at insight, strategies, and tools that you can begin using immediately to make positive change in your life. We don’t just sit and talk. I love to provide you with concrete tools wherever possible and help you to have a plan for the following days before our next session, if that is the pace you would like to move at. Most importantly, we are going to make sure we are making progress on goals that you have for yourself. I will be there to guide you, encourage you, possibly even challenge you if I feel you are unknowingly allowing obstacles to stand in your way.
You may find it helpful to know that I have a lot of experience being the client in a counseling relationship and I was very picky about what I looked for in my therapist/counselor. I am a person who needs to know I can say absolutely anything to my counselor and they won’t think any less of me. I need to feel understood, validated, and (I’ll admit) almost admired in their presence in order to feel that I can say things that I hold back from saying in my ordinary life. If this is the kind of relationship you would like to have with your counselor, too, then I understand you and you’ve come to the right place.

Together, we will address your individual needs and establish goals that promote growth and healing. I will provide a confidential place for disclosure, diagnostic and educational material, a treatment plan, and crisis intervention or referral services as needed. The duration of psychotherapy varies, depending on the client’s history, present circumstances, issues explored during treatment, and the mutually established goals for treatment. My motto is Empowering people. Let me help empower you.
I look forward to working with you through betterhelp. You have taken the first step by reaching out. Now let your journey begin.

You may leave me a message 24-7….I check my messages through the day daily! Also, if you cannot find a time available, let me know! I am flexible and typically have select times in my schedule that aren't visible. Just talk with me and I can assure you that I will schedule a time to meet with you.
You have the ability to book a session ahead of time by going into your scheduler and selecting the date and time that works best for you
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Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Anger management
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Self esteem , Coping with life changes , Coaching , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Antisocial Personality , Blended Family Issues , Codependency , Read more...
Years of Experience: 30

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LMHC #068.0057723 (Expires: 2021-01-31)


Reviews

Written by D.A. on Aug 02, 2020 after counseling with Cheryl for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and anger management

I spoke with Cheryl three times and messaged with her frequently over the course of a couple months. This was my first experience with counseling. Cheryl gave me exactly what I needed, pointing me in the right direction and giving me piles of information to chew on and tools to put into practice. She also helped me identify areas of my life that I need to work on that I was not previously aware of, like being able to accept compliments to improve my self-esteem. She listened to my concerns about depression, anxiety, grief, work--life balance, and anger patiently and gave me respectful and thoughtful feedback. Cheryl gave me the springboard I needed when I had no idea where to start.

Written by J.E. on Jul 30, 2020 after counseling with Cheryl for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, anger management, coping with life changes, coaching, and compassion fatigue

Cheryl is amazing and I am very fortunate to be working with her.

Written by G.R. on Jul 15, 2020 after counseling with Cheryl for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, self esteem, and anger management

I feel like I can talk to her and chat

Written by S.A. on Jul 02, 2020 after counseling with Cheryl for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and adhd

She is amazing, very comfortable to talk to, understanding, and very nice, I personally feel better after everytime we talk.

Written by S.A. on Apr 30, 2020 after counseling with Cheryl for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, anger management, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Cheryl has been diligent and attentive. She is very on top of communication& responds to any of my messages promptly. We just started working together so I needs to peel back more layers of the core of what I'm working through, but so far its been great.

Written by A.L. on Apr 19, 2020 after counseling with Cheryl for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, bipolar disorder, and coping with life changes

Cheryl is fantastic. She takes the time to listen and lightly guide. She is responsive and makes great recommendations. Her follow up has been fantastic and she helps keep me on track.

Written by K.A. on Apr 03, 2020 after counseling with Cheryl for 1 month on issues concerning self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and compassion fatigue

I found Cheryl very open and easy to talk to. She is incredibly responsive to messages and had convenient times for me to schedule live appointments. Her guidance and support was helpful and very practical, which I found helpful.