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Lee A. Bowers (LP,PhD)
I'm Dr. Lee Bowers, a psychologist and relationship coach in the Philadelphia area. I love what I do. Each person I talk with is so unique and interesting, and yet there are some common threads that run through all of us - those things that make us human. We all want to be loved, respected, and understood. Most of us are looking for success, in whatever way we define it. Unfortunately, all too often, people are not sure how to achieve those things, or worse yet, they feel they are unworthy of them, or impossible to achieve. I can assure you, it is all possible.
I'm grateful that my life has been rich with experience. I grew up in a little town of 3000, and started working on farms, babysitting, and so forth at age 12, with the dream of being the first in my family to go to college. I knew if I were to get there, I would have to do it my own way, so I had to learn to plan from an early age. From that small town, I moved to the big city and the University of Pittsburgh. Talk about culture shock! But I loved it, and still love city life.
My early adult work experience was also diverse - as a clerical person while in college, then as a manager in a hospital, an Air Force Officer specializing in race relations, and in Human Resources in the Corporate World. The diversity of my background has helped me be able to relate well with a variety of people from different cultures and walks of life.
But for the last 25 years, I've been a therapist, and it suits me. I was married for 20 years and am happy to report that my ex-husband and I remain friends. My passions in life include gardening, music, and my beloved dogs and cats (two of each). I also love to travel and have been fortunate to have seen many corners of the world.
My current project is finishing up a book (due out in Spring, 2011), called "Divorce Proof Your Marriage Before You Say 'I Do' - Seven Essential Conversations."
The Reason I Became A Helping Professional
Early in my working years, I knew there was more to me than what I was doing. In my early 30's, I complete a workshop that included an exercise that required writing my own obituary. I realized that I wanted to be remembered for making a significant, positive difference in peoples' lives. I was a frustrated therapist! So I went back to graduate school and the rest is history. I've never regretted it for a minute, and I believe I'm at a point now where that goal I had when I wrote my obituary so many years ago has been achieved - people would say, "she really helped me. She made a difference in my life."
Lee A. Bowers
Lee A. Bowers
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