Molly Bowman, MS, LPC

Molly Bowman, MS, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

You have more strength and power than you know. I can help you find it.

Client Status

waitlist

Contact

503-766-5282

827 NE Alberta Street

Portland, 97211

At a Glance

Me

Rate: $75-$125

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2012

Languages: English

Faith: Agnosticism, Atheism

Services

  • Individual
  • Family
  • Group
  • Relationship

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Out of Network

My Ideal Client

Feeling stuck? Overwhelmed? Hopeless? It can often feel impossible to conquer these challenges by yourself, and too scary to ask for help. You are not alone in this. Together, we can build a clear new path for moving forward and finding relief.

My Background

Originally born and raised in Vermont, I attended Middlebury College and lived in New York City before moving to Portland in 2009 and receiving a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Portland State University in 2014. I opened a private practice in Northeast Portland in 2014 and am deeply honored to encounter people authentically every day. Prior to my private practice, I worked in neuroscience and mental health fields, including time working in residential facilities with children and adults with chronic mental illness and as a research coordinator in neurology, looking at the effects of combat trauma on the brain and how cognitive deficits evolve in seniors. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Oregon, a National Certified Counselor (NCC), and a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA).

My Values as a Therapist

Feeling truly seen and understood in a safe space can provide the opportunity to feel curious about yourself and your potential again, allowing you to gain clarity and uncover skills, strengths and options you may not even know you have. Our work is to cultivate a real relationship where you can feel safe even when vulnerable, comforted in your struggles, and encouraged as you are guided toward the real resources you need to feel more secure in the world. In our sessions, we will use the client-therapist relationship, your story, and my genuine trust in your own pull toward health to help you find pathways out of difficult patterns and situations. You know yourself better than anyone else, and my job is to help you generate curiosity and clarity about your own personal processes so that you can make conscious choices about your next steps in life.

Techniques I Use

Specialties

  • Relational  External link

    The relationship between a client and therapist can be an amazing place to experiment with new ways of being and feeling connected. Together, we can unpack challenges that have gotten in the way of finding safe, meaningful and rewarding connections in your life.

  • Humanistic  External link

    At the core of my approach is a belief that every person has an incredible natural pull toward healing, but society, family, trauma, and life experience can block that awareness. You deserve to have a safe space to show up completely authentically, with support for your genuine self and all your lived experience, exactly as you are, without any judgment at all.

  • Existential External link

    The most powerful component of engaging in counseling is feeling that someone else is present, understanding and connecting with you about the difficulties you face. Often, anxiety stems from giant, human questions about meaning, isolation, love, death, and responsibility. By incorporating existential theory and practice into my work, we can tackle these universal human fears together.

Issues I Treat

Specialties

  • Self-Esteem External link

    Difficulty building and maintaining self-esteem is at the root of so many symptoms and diagnoses. Caring deeply about ourselves is not a skill that is valued in our culture. I focus on identifying and removing blockages to self-esteem, while providing the space, empathy, and empowerment that you might need to experiment with building self-compassion and understanding.

  • Relationship / Marriage Issues External link

    So much of our lived experience affects the way we can relate to each other, and how safe we feel being connected to others. If you are feeling lonely, disconnected, resentful, or frustrated in your interpersonal connections, this work can be an amazing space to uncover what you might need to feel safe and connected again.

  • Depression External link

    Depression creates a sense of hopelessness and feelings that things might never change. It can take up all the space in the room. Creating a safe counseling relationship can be an incredibly effective way to explore how and why your system is so resistant to forward momentum, and to introduce a new sense of clarity, hope, and connection to self and others.

  • Anxiety External link

    Anxiety is a chaotic and overwhelming experience of feeling lost and out of control. It is our body's way of letting us know that safety is nowhere to be found. By cultivating a safe and trusting client-therapist relationship, we can explore what your system might need to feel more settled, trusting, and connected to yourself.

  • PTSD External link

    Life can be overwhelming and scary, and there is so much pressure to 'get better' and 'move on.' I can work with you to notice how previous experiences might still be affecting you, ranging from noticing that your needs as a child went unmet in subtle, chronic ways, to processing acute fear from distinct events in your life.

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