Hello, My name is Melissa Bowen and I am a licensed clinical social worker. I take a more integrative approach to therapy as I find every one is different and unique and need techniques. My focus is trauma, severe mental illness in adults and children.
My approach to therapy is more integrative since we all have different needs and learn differently. I assess the client in the initial meeting to see what approach would be the best fit for them and to make sure I am the right fit also.
I have worked mostly with children, teens, and adults who have experienced trauma. I have worked with people diagnosed with ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Substance Abuse, Schizophrenia, Bipolar, and ASD. I have worked with domestic violence survivors, child abuse victims, veterans, relationship issues, grief, and sexual issues.
My communication style
I ususually start by building rapport with the client and build a great trusting and therpeutic relationship where the client feels comfortable sharing.
My journey to mental healthcare
I love helping others and I realized years ago I really enjoyed listening to people and helping them with whatever problem they may be having.
My goals for you
I discuss setting goals with the client and either set them right away with them or wait until they are more comfortable. Everyone is different and sometimes people are unsure of what goals they would like to set, so we work on those in the sessions together.
My first session with you
The initial intake is usually me asking about their history and trying to identify what brought them to seek therapy. We spend the first session trying to get to know each other.