Hi, my name is Robert Bowman,
I have been a psychotherapist for 23 years. I know what it is like to face life issues and be scared that I wasn't up to the task of managing and living with them.
Over the years I have learned that life issues are inevitable because we must pass through life stages in our development as human beings, We are not given a map as to how to get from one end to the other.
Years ago I also came to learn and realize that we all have inner resources (see below for more detailed description) that we can utilize to find solutions and navigate through our life issues.
I have also learned that taking a look at our lifestyle and engaging with healthy choices is a huge benefit to our physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual health. They all work together and can't be separated.
I love to hike, swim, snorkel and scuba dive. I eat a well balanced diet. I practice meditation and yoga. I connect to my spiritual self through my interactions with nature and my inner experiences.
I want to share my broad life experience in assisting you in discovering your way of living. It is our life and we have the privilege of discovering and developing our best selves.
I'm informal and open in my manner. I practice collaborative psychotherapy. We are a team, but you are the one who makes final decisions: it is after all your life!
I don't tell others what to do, but I sometimes make suggestions, which you will determine if they are useful for you.
I have a Master's in Counseling Psychology. I'm licensed in the state of California as a Marriage and Family Therapist. My license number is LMFT 39132.
If you go to the California consumer affairs site and go to the Board of Behavioral Sciences, you can look me up there.
Specialties & Issues
I have a wide client experience from children to seniors. I have had years working with children with emotional and behavioral disturbance, often because of dysfunctional home situations. I have worked extensively with those with serious mental illness and those with relationship issues.
We are all human beings and face life issues.
I really enjoy working with others and assisting them in becoming who they are.
First of all, you should be proud of yourself for taking the brave step in seeking out assistance to help yourself get back on track in your life.
One way of doing this is to have them connect with their own inner resources; i.e., their talents and abilities; their skills and experience; and their personal characteristics and inner wisdom. These are part of who we are and the things that can help us find solutions to life issues that inevitably come up for each one of us.
There are several major life areas: social relationship, including extended family and friends; career and work; school; intimate relationships, partners, spouses, and children.
We also go through major life stages, each with their own set of issues.
Our inner resources continue to develop and build on past experiences and learning. Nothing is wasted.
Sometimes we are doing wonderfully in one life area, but are struggling in another. Sometimes we can take what is working, through the use of our inner resources, in one area and apply it to another. However, there are times when we need to learn some new skills to help us navigate through a stage in life or find success in an area of life.
My job is to assist you in utilizing your inner resources, learning new skills and applying them to your life issues. We both have things we do to make it happen.
Services & Rates
50-minute session - $100.00
30-minute session - $50.00
The shorter sessions are possible once we have had a couple of longer sessions to get to know each other and to see if we are a good match.
I will consider sliding scale for special cases.
I don't accept insurance at this time, but can give you a invoice that you can send to your insurance company.
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