What does Wollemi mean?
In 2016 my partner, son, and I relocated for 10 months to Melbourne, Australia. I was recovering from postpartum depression and trying to find myself again. I was so very inspired by the natural environment of the country and learned about the Wollemi Pine Tree. This tree was thought to be extinct, the only remnants of it were fossils. But in 1994 a bush-walker exploring a remote part of a national park found a tree he had never seen before. And it was with this discovery that scientists were astonished that something thought to be extinct had been hidden and surviving for thousands of years. The name Wollemi comes from the language of the Aboriginal people of Australia meaning, "keep your eyes open and look around you."
This was the inspiration for my practice. Australia became my launching pad for self-discovery and finding myself again after motherhood. I became passionate about maternal mental health. I did things that year that I would have been afraid to do so before. The Wollemi is a reminder for all of us that when we think we've lost ourselves, we are still there, maybe hidden and dormant, but ultimately we are there and can be uncovered, ready to to thrive again.
Rachel Bowers LISW-S
I am the owner and therapist at Wollemi Counseling. Holding space for others and helping them on their healing journey is my passion! I am currently specializing in maternal mental health and have completed the Postpartum Support International Maternal Mental Health Certificate course. I offer diverse therapeutic approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness based techniques. I also am passionate about interpersonal therapy - helping clients build interpersonal connections with their support systems - and healing from the natural world through nature connected therapy.
I obtained my Masters of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University in 2008. I have experience as a behavioral health therapist in residential, school, and home settings. I have worked with children, families, and adults as a therapist and have extensive training in group work, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, trauma, and maternal mental health.
What makes me different?
As a therapist I value our connection and relationship. This means I understand that building a working relationship and building trust takes providing a safe, nonjudgmental space. I also understand the healing power of community. I am passionate about helping clients tap into their support systems, find their villages, and connect with activities in the community that will help bring symptom relief, confidence, and empowerment. While I work alongside you in sessions, I also work outside of our sessions to find resources specific to your unique needs. I offer a deep understanding of the challenges that face mothers, and I believe that helping mothers release unfair expectations, find their identities again - inside and outside of motherhood-, and build their village is vital to thriving through the transitions to motherhood.