Hello to all! My name is Sharon Bowen. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) primarily working with older teens and adults via virtual/telehealth means. I completed my Masters in Social Work at UNC Chapel Hill in 2010. Since that time, I have been in a number of roles such as a case manager, an advocate, and a mental health therapist for folks of all ages. I have worked in private practice realms, a hospital, and community settings. I know that therapy can be a scary step to take but my goal is to help you along this journey. Whether it is your first time or you have seen others in the past, I want to meet you where you are in the therapeutic process so we can move forward together. I know that therapy can bring out all sorts of feelings so I strive to provide a safe and open environment built on mutual respect. I have experience working with a variety of mental health and life concerns but some of my primary areas of focus are around depression, anxiety, life transitions, sexuality, and trauma. I look forward to getting to know you soon!
What can clients expect to take away from sessions with you?
In our first session, we will get to know one another. I firmly believe in knowing a client beyond their "problems" so I want to talk about who you are and not just what concerns you right now. As we have additional sessions, we will dig into the various topics of concern as they arise. The plan will be to start with your goals and where you are in your therapeutic process and move forward at the pace that best fits your needs.
What treatment methods and tools do you utilize?
I used a number of modalities and tools with clients and often mix methods. Everyone has different needs so I believe that I need a variety of approaches. Some of my experience includes the use of CBT, reality therapy, holistic means, trauma-focused, communication and interpersonal skills.
Explain to clients what areas you feel are your biggest strengths.
I feel like my biggest strength is my openness. I can work with anyone, no matter their demographic.