My Story

After a career in corporate and non-profit jobs, I changed directions to become a licensed marriage and family therapist. I find great meaning in talking with others immersed in the messiness, rawness, pain and beauty of life. I am passionate about learning and I am passionate about helping others heal and grow. 

I have experienced great joys in life, and also great challenges and tragedies. I believe I can use my familiarity with many of the difficult parts of life to better understand and empathize with my clients. My clients often say they feel I "get" them. And I do. 

I am in my 50's, with a husband and three grown children. I love humor (although my family would say I love bad humor). I have lived in Santa Cruz for over 20 years. I love living here for the people, the community, the weather and the beauty of nature, and plan to never leave.

License

California Marriage and Family Therapist, License Number 109883

Education

B.A. - Economics, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, 1984

M.B.A. - University of California at Berkeley, 1986

M.A. - Counseling Psychology, Palo Alto University, 2014

Professional Certifications
Selected Trainings

The Compassionate Brain, Rick Hanson

Radical Acceptance, Tara Brach

The Power of Awareness, Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach

Compassion Focused Therapy, Paul Gilbert

Mindful Compassionate Dialogue, LaShelle Lowe-Charde

The Body Keeps the Score (trauma), Bessel van der Kolk

Reparenting for Resiliency (developmental trauma), Robbyn Peters-Bennett

Treatment Resistant Depression, Richard Sinacola

Internal Family Systems and Complex Trauma, Stan Einhorn

Attachment, Trauma and Psychotherapy, Dan Siegel

Treating Trauma Master Series, NICABM

Psycho-neurology Study Group, Francine Lapides

Interpersonal Neurobiology and Couples, Dan Siegel, John Gottman, Julie Gottman

Focusing, Levels 1-4, Ann Weiser Cornell

Focusing Alone, Ann Weiser Cornell

Nonviolent Communication International Intensive Training, Marshall Rosenberg

When Grief is Complicated, Hospice Foundation of America

Transforming Loss: Finding Potential for Growth, Hospice Foundation of America

Helping Families Cope with Conflict at the End of Life, Hospice Foundation of America

Beyond Kubler-Ross: New Perspectives on Death and Dying, Hospice Foundation of America

Death, Dying and Mourning, The American Academy of Grief Counseling

Grief Therapy, The American Academy of Grief Counseling

Working with Grieving Children, The American Academy of Grief Counseling

Bereavement after Suicide, Dr. John Jordan, American Association of Suicidology

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Kara Bowman, LMFT, CT, C-GC, CCTP

CA MFT License Number 109883

ADEC Certified Thanatologist

AAGC Certified Grief Counselor

IATP Certified Clinical Trauma Professional

(831) 219-8522