Sarah Bowie

Who am I as a therapist? I believe that we all have deep inner-knowing and wisdom that can guide us towards wellness and wholeness. I enjoy providing the space and time for people to feel heard, understood, and, when they are ready, supported to create new patterns that will allow for lasting growth and change. As humans, we are incredibly resilient beings and have an immense capacity to survive, overcome, and thrive even through the most challenging of circumstances. I am inspired by the natural world and the lessons it can teach us about the cycles of life and the beauty and worth of all living beings. I feel privileged to be able to collaborate and be present with people along their journey towards transformational healing.

Who do I work with? I work with children, youth and adults on issues related to trauma, grief, loss, identity, life transitions, relationships, and work-life balance. As someone who has worked in the non-profit social service sector for over a decade, I am also very invested in working with individuals in the helping field who may be experiencing burn-out, compassion fatigue or vicarious trauma, and who are looking to explore different forms of self-care practices.

My areas of interest. Childhood trauma can have lasting impacts on one’s sense of self, body, brain, and ability to have healthy relationships with others. I am passionate about helping individuals and families find ways to decrease stress and risk factors while increasing their inherent resilience and ability to overcome adversity. I also am interested in understanding the effects of transgenerational trauma and resilience that shape us. I specialize in working with youth who have experienced trauma, and am experienced in providing adult caregivers and family members with the tools and support they need to be healthy buffers for children throughout the therapeutic process and beyond.

How I practice. My goal is to co-create a safe space where clients can deepen their self-awareness and self-compassion in order to explore what may be getting in the way of living a fuller, more balanced and fulfilling life. As a former dancer and lover of the arts, I value the power of creative self-expression as a way to explore and re-imagine who we are, why we are here, and where we are going. I incorporate relational, trauma-informed, mind-body approaches to help support resilience-building and growth. My practice includes the NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM), which is a mindfulness-based intervention for healing trauma. All of my work is rooted in anti-oppression, LGBTQ-affirmative, client-centered, and strengths-based frameworks.

My background. I received my graduate degree in social work in 2009 from Columbia University and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. The majority of my career has been in education, specifically mental health in the high school setting, both in Chicago and New York City. I am bilingual in Spanish and have lived and worked for extended periods of time with youth, families, and communities in Latin America. I am dedicated to continuing to grow as a clinician and learn evidence-based clinical approaches that support the emotional development of individuals, families, and communities.

If you are interested in scheduling an appointment with Sarah, please contact Centered Therapy Chicago at:    (773) 569-1468 or