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MindWise Institute - Mary Bowles, LMFT, RRT, MIACN
386 W. Main St. #105 & 106
The brain develops from the bottom-up, so interventions for behavioral, emotional, and cognitive change are not going to be effective if we start with top-down approach (what's that?).
Clients come into my office with complaints about poor communication (not feeling heard, frequent arguing, parenting differences), of not connecting enough (emotionally, sexually, etc.), financial struggles, extended family issues, and infidelity (physical or emotional). I see clients who are trying to learn whether it's time to divorce or if there's hope for a better relationship together. I see families that are trying to get along better and manage life transitions. I also work with parents whose children are struggling with behavior, mood, or anxiety issues for any number of reasons. Overall, I work with any relationship that is struggling, from intimate partners, parent-child relationships, families, to friends, and even work relationships. Mental and physical health is determined by connection at every level, from connections at the neural level to the family connections between individuals, so I work with all levels of connection.
All my clients easily learn about the neuroscience of the brain, mind, and body so all family members are clear about how to work WITH, not AGAINST, each family member's brain!
Therapy is not about finding out if you're crazy, it's about learning how normal you already are and for discovering options for improving your life.
Working with me you will get a trustworthy, confidential, compassionate, experienced, unbiased, educated, and science-minded Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and Certified Clinical Neuropsychotherapist (MIACN(cert)) who uses a direct, but considerate approach. I'm also certified in Rapid Resolution Therapy (RRT). I offer a form of rapid memory reconsolidation that erases the emotion attached to a memory, allowing clients to quickly process trauma and stress without reliving the past.
I specialize in couples issues, parenting, divorce issues (including prevention, recovery, & preparation), blending healthy families, trauma, and many other issues. Whether you have issues with your current or former spouse/partner, child, parent(s), or siblings, I can help you find some peace (and usually even quiet) in the relationship. I'm a specialist in Parent Training and Relationship Education. I draw on my personal and professional experiences to help you learn how to draw on yours and to help you find the happiness and success you're seeking in life. I use humor, lightheartedness, calm, and methodically challenging approaches to educate you about your options, but you always decide how far you're willing to go to improve your life and your relationships.
I don't write prescriptions for medication, perfection, or moon chanting (haha, I just googled that and it's a real thing!). However, I do encourage, respectfully challenge, and teach (if necessary) accountability, listening, acceptance, self-challenge, and even mind and brain development (neuropsychotherapy, interpersonal neurobiology). I may suggest that you golf, spa, hunt, or club with each other as a couple if those are things you would or used to like doing together (please note: the last sentence said "club WITH each other"--NOT "club each other."). I always include parents in child therapy and I advocate for both parents and children. I am unbiased, woman-friendly, man-friendly, and child-friendly so do not worry about me judging you. We are all human and I help all people learn to accept humanness in themselves and others.
I jest throughout this page, but I am very dedicated to effective care! So, on a serious note, the first step to success in therapy comes in understanding that asking for help shows strength, not weakness. REMEMBER, going to therapy does not mean you have a mental disorder and I don't view my clients that way.
To achieve effective change, we must work with the brain, not against it.
I approach all my clients from an interpersonal neurobiological perspective and a neuropsychotherapeutic approach, not a pathological approach. This means I rarely give a "diagnosis" because rarely is it ever needed or accurate according to what we now know about the neuroscience of safety, connection, control, motivation, and self actualization.
Mary Bowles will be presenting at the 2nd International Neuropsychotherapy Conference in Melbourne in 2018:
Presentation 1: 30 Minute Presentation
The Space Between Us: Forging Neuropsychotherapeutic Relationships
Each of us is normal within the context of our own lives, so why does our world push for normalcy? This presentation will argue that moving away from normalcy and toward effective responding, offers considerations for the human mind and the people connected through them. In this presentation you will learn the role of oxytocin, dopamine, adrenaline, and other chemically relational responses. You will learn how we behaviorally, cognitively, emotionally, chemically, and culturally affect one another. You will leave knowing, from neuroscience, that we are all just doing the best we can do with the skills and tools we have available to us in any moment and how we are all the same because we are all different. Human beings are bundles of cells. We know through neuroscience that environment determines the health of the cell. You will leave this presentation knowing we cannot improve mental health without improving the human environment; the space between us.
Presentation 2: 90 Minute Workshop
Clinical Applications Toward Rapid Memory Reconsolidation
Clients enter therapy in hopes of feeling better as quickly as possible. As any Neuropsychotherapist knows, therapists must offer bottom up approaches in order for each client to improve. This workshop offers just that. “Clinical Applications Toward Rapid Memory Reconsolidation” is born from interdisciplinary content to encourage rapid change, by removing the emotional memory, or somatic sensations, that underlie trauma and other stresses. These approaches are derived from a neuroscientific understanding of memory reconsolidation and blended with interdisciplinary content, including subject matter from Neuropsychotherapy, Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB), and Rapid Resolution Therapy (RRT). By blending these concepts, clients undergo more rapid change. Attendees will gather techniques for increasing the likelihood of Rapid Memory Reconsolidation, which decreases stress, removes the emotional memory attached to a prior experience, and rewires the brain to a more thriving state when stressful memories are activated. Attendees will walk through rapid memory reconsolidation scenarios and apply rapid change concepts.
Check out the conference! Visit neuroconference.net to register!
Mary is listed in Colorado Mesa University's "Meet the Graduate" for Psychology! Read what she had to say!
- Relationships- personal, professional, & academic
- Couples - Gottman Method Couples Therapy (Level 3) - communication, infidelity, sexual & financial problems, parenting, in-laws, divorce recovery & prevention, divorce planning & questioning, conscious uncoupling
- Children- trauma, behavior (including ADHD), stress
- Parent Training & Consultation- couples, teen, step-parenting, single, & co-parenting
- Co-Parenting Through Divorce Classes (Colorado State Mandated approval)
- Blended-family issues- step, half, preparation and repairing, co-parenting
- LGBTQ - couples & family
- Anxiety - (PTSD, Panic, etc.)
- Suicide Prevention Training
- Child-Centered Divorce Mediation & Consultation- co-parenting & parenting plan decision making
- Parenting Plan Consultations
- Trauma (PTSD)- Rapid Resolution Therapy (RRT), Rapid Memory Reconsolidation (accelerated treatment)
Here's a great article about the success rates of Marriage & Family Therapy...
Does Marriage Counseling Work? 8 Surprising Statistics & Facts - By: Racheal Tasker
Does Marriage Counseling Work? 8 Surprising Statistics & Facts - By: Racheal Tasker
Learn more about the BRAIN here!
Do not hesitate to contact me to ask questions! I'm a real person and I'll be happy to answer! Just give me a call.
Some lighthearted (or potentially obnoxious) therapy humor...
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