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. I understand that right now you may be feeling lost, frustrated, angry, depressed or anxious . I understand what you are going through. I have been there. I know what it s like to be scared, worried, alone and overwhelmed. Right now you may not even be able to identify what you are feeling. I understand you may have numerous questions and feel like you don't have any answers to what is happening in your life right now. You are in the right place this is where I come in. I am here to listen to you share your story with me and have you allow me to help you to figure out how to move forward in your life and move forward.

Let me introduce myself. I am Cheryl . I have worked in the substance abuse field for a very long time. I am a licensed alcohol and drug counselor . I received my Certified Clinical Supervisors certificate in 2005. I graduated from Springfield College with my Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling . I am a licensed mental health counselor . 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. I am here to listen to you and support you as you face your current conflict or crisis in your live. Weather it is a search for meaning, help managing your stress, depression, anxiety or difficulty in your relationships, or traumatic events that may have happened. I am here to assist you to find stability and peace of mind.
What makes me different from other counselors?
I will engage with you on a regular consistent basis. This is not just a once a week platform. I check in on you on a daily basis. I am here to support you and be an outlet and advocate for you. This is a judgment free zone. So that you have a space to be yourself and discuss what is happening in your life. my goal is to help build you into the person you want to become. To have you be more resilient so you can be your own advocate. You can leave me a message at any time. I will respond to you as quickly as I can with relevant feedback and skills that you can start to implement immediately. The process is not easy but it is absolutely doable and you will see results. I make it my business to understand your experiences and offer realistic feedback and interventions to help you. I see each of my clients as unique individuals and thus my techniques and strategies are genuine to your specific needs. I am here to assist you to become the best person you can possible be.


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 may notice that I do not have any time slots available. I put my hours up for the next week on Thursdays. If you can not find a time . I am able to do live text sessions. Before you decide to switch counselors please reach out to me and let me know what specific day and time you are looking for. I can often accommodate .Please reach out to me with a day and time that work for you. Also you can only have one session booked at a time. Also please note that I am on Eastern Standard Time.

Terms and Conditions THE PLATFORM IS NOT INTENDED FOR THE PROVISION OF CLINICAL DIAGNOSIS REQUIRING AN IN-PERSON EVALUATION AND YOU SHOULD NOT USE IT IF YOU NEED ANY OFFICIAL DOCUMENTATION OR APPROVALS FOR PURPOSES SUCH AS, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, COURT-ORDERED COUNSELING OR EMOTIONAL SERVICE DOG CERTIFICATION. IT IS ALSO NOT INTENDED FOR ANY INFORMATION REGARDING WHICH DRUGS OR MEDICAL TREATMENT MAY BE APPROPRIATE FOR YOU, AND YOU SHOULD DISREGARD ANY SUCH ADVICE IF DELIVERED THROUGH THE PLATFORM.
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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...

Clinical approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 30

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LMHC #068.0057723 (Expires: 2023-01-31)


Reviews

Written by K.A. on Jul 21, 2021 after counseling with Cheryl for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

I found Cheryl last winter when the pandemic was at it's height and I desperately needed to speak with someone. From the start she has always been so calm, kind, and thoughtful, and would reach out daily to check in and make sure that I was doing ok and offering helpful tips and readings to try. She helped me through some tough things, and if I ever were to reactivate my account she would be the person I would request to see again, hands down. If you're looking for an attentive, understanding, and dedicated counselor, Cheryl is it!

Written by M.A. on Jul 15, 2021 after counseling with Cheryl for 4 months on issues concerning relationship issues

Cheryl has been a great counsellor. I am a senior and this is the first time in my life I have sought counselling so I was nervous and had no idea what to expect. Cheryl made me feel comfortable from day 1 and continues to help me sort through my issues and identify the root of the problem. She is easy to talk to and has always made herself easily available for contact. Cheryl has personally been a big help to me and I am looking forward to continuing with her as I work through issues that have been in my life for many years.

Written by E.M. on Jul 12, 2021 after counseling with Cheryl for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, and self esteem

I love Cheryl, she's one of the few therapists that give you practical worksheets to improve yourself and I am very grateful for her.

Written by P.E. on Jul 07, 2021 after counseling with Cheryl for 6 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coaching

Cheryl makes you feel appreciated. She does not judge and is very easy to talk to. I can recommend her.

Written by J.A. on Jun 01, 2021 after counseling with Cheryl for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and sleeping disorders

Cheryl has shown patience and kindness when I’ve been negative towards ideas she has given to try and help me on my journey. Took the time to understand my thoughts however jumbled and made herself available when I’ve really struggled. Suffering from ptsd isn’t something I would wish on my worse enemy . It messes with your head and is like riding the worst roller coaster. The tsunami of emotions, triggers and flash back hits sometimes from what I thought was no where Cheryl would grab my swirling thoughts and feelings and help me lay them out in a more manageable way. Exercises/activities I have struggled to do have been respected and I’ve not been made to feel bad for not at least being willing to to try everything. Cheryl totally understands one size shoe doesn’t fit all and is adaptable to my needs. Even when I was giving up hope of ever feeling myself again Cheryl would encourage me however small any step I took was in my head . She would then make me see that any step was better than taking none at all .

Written by H.A. on Apr 13, 2021 after counseling with Cheryl for 1 week on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

Cheryl is great! She shared so many resources with me and helped me use the Betterhelp app’s features to make sure we could talk through certain issues completely. She’s easy to talk to, and offers advice and strategies for moving forward.

Written by C.H. on Mar 13, 2021 after counseling with Cheryl for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and compassion fatigue

Cheryl is the 3rd therapist i have tried speaking with and I finally feel heard, sympathized with, and not harshly judged for getting myself in a hard spot.

Written by C.U. on Mar 08, 2021 after counseling with Cheryl for 1 month

This was my first time going to therapy. Cheryl was great at listening, asking the questions that allowed us to dig deeper. She assigns worksheets that complemented with my self awareness. I would seek her for therapy again. Her schedule does tend to book up quickly.

Written by R.A. on Feb 13, 2021 after counseling with Cheryl for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Chery was responsive and provided support quickly and made herself available when I needed her support for a relationship issue related to substance abuse.

Written by J.A. on Feb 10, 2021 after counseling with Cheryl for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coaching, and adhd

She has given me amazing articles to read that has really helped me in my thinking. ( self esteem )

Written by A.L. on Feb 03, 2021 after counseling with Cheryl for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, and adhd

I’ve texted with Cheryl, and even through text she’s made me feel like I was in the room with her. It’s lovely to finally be able to talk to someone I enjoy.

Written by S.I. on Jan 14, 2021 after counseling with Cheryl for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

My first appointment with Cheryl was awesome - I have never gone to therapy before, but I really really enjoyed it! To me it was fun/nice to talk about everything that has been bothering me or stressing me out. I will be making more appointments for sure.

Written by V.I. on Jan 02, 2021 after counseling with Cheryl for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, eating disorders, self esteem, and anger management

Cheryl is great. She gives helpful advice about my issues and ways to cope with them in between sessions. She also sends helpful articles and checks in in between sessions. She always makes herself available on the chat section when needed and is quick to respond. Highly recommend Cheryl!

Written by K.I. on Dec 28, 2020 after counseling with Cheryl for 4 weeks on issues concerning grief, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, and self esteem

Lots of helpful resources. Great communicator.

Written by M.E. on Dec 26, 2020 after counseling with Cheryl for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Cheryl is a great help! Very positive, very progress oriented with to-do lists, positive encouragement and self surveys. I really like how she gives me "homework" in between sessions, it helps me make progress and be accountable to myself.

Written by C.O. on Dec 26, 2020 after counseling with Cheryl for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, and adhd

Kind, empathetic, knowledgeable, great listener and excellent at what she does. Thankyou so much for you support

Written by C.H. on Dec 15, 2020 after counseling with Cheryl for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and adhd

I’m extremely happy with Cheryl thus far. I feel better about some things and look forward to digging deeper into my issues. For the first time in a while I feel a bit of a weight coming off of my shoulders. It feels great to express and release all of these feelings and issues I’ve bottled inside for literally decades.

Written by P.H. on Dec 04, 2020 after counseling with Cheryl for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, and compassion fatigue

I am very pleased with this experience and Cheryl has been very helpful in this difficult time. Thank you.

Written by Y.A. on Nov 26, 2020 after counseling with Cheryl for 4 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, coaching, and adhd

I really enjoy my counselling sessions with Cheryl. I find Cheryl highly empathetic, patient and respectful. I don't feel judged when I talk to her. She is a great listener and asks good questions that make me reflect and analize my actions and views. I appreciate Cheryl sharing additional information with me between our sessions and checking in with me. She is a great councillor. I wish I could see Cheryl more than once a week and have longer sessions with her.

Written by K.A. on Nov 25, 2020 after counseling with Cheryl for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and coping with life changes

Cheryl has a warm, energetic presence and asks all the good questions, even though tough ones!

Written by J.A. on Nov 10, 2020 after counseling with Cheryl for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, compassion fatigue, and adhd

I felt very supported with Cheryl. Even though I did not share much as I was busy, I still felt like I had someone to listen to me. I recieved helpful tips and advice along the way, it was exactly what I needed. Thank you!

Written by L.I. on Nov 06, 2020 after counseling with Cheryl for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, and sleeping disorders

Cheryl listen and help me with my issues. She offers a variety of solutions.

Written by J.O. on Oct 27, 2020 after counseling with Cheryl for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and compassion fatigue

With two sessions completed I can already tell Cheryl is incredibly experienced. Cheryl is great at letting me vent and lends me honest and constructive advice while keeping my spirits high. Would recommend to anyone. Thanks, Cheryl!

Written by C.H. on Oct 07, 2020 after counseling with Cheryl for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety

I have loved my experience with Cheryl so far, she always responds to messages any time of the day, makes herself available and not only offers personal support and guidance but signposts to other relevant materials that could be helpful. I think that Cheryl is a wonderful counsellor and I would highly recommend.

Written by J.A. on Oct 06, 2020 after counseling with Cheryl for 2 weeks on issues concerning intimacy-related issues, and sleeping disorders

It is still early days with my counselling sessions with Cheryl, but I find I am very comfortable talking to her about any problems and don't feel judged. I have confidence in her ability to suggest different strategies to support these issues. Cheryl always responds to messages in a timely manner and makes you feel supported.

Written by M.A. on Oct 05, 2020 after counseling with Cheryl for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coaching

Cheryl was very patient, approachable, and consistently shared helpful resources. I would recommend her to anyone.

Written by A.L. on Sep 18, 2020 after counseling with Cheryl for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

I have had a great experience with better help. Lots of homework and reading if you want it. Always available or responding in a timely manner.

Written by E.M. on Aug 31, 2020 after counseling with Cheryl for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Cheryl has been great so far. It’s still early days but I have found her kind and very realistic. I like her straightforward approach and her positivity.
Looking forward to continuing this journey with her.

Written by M.I. on Aug 10, 2020 after counseling with Cheryl for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and self esteem

she’s a very understand person. sees both sides of things. one thing i ask from a person is to listen and she does that very well.

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.