Venessa Bowers

LCSW-C, CCTP, MA, TCTSY-F, 500 ERYT, RPYT, RCYT, YACEP - Director of Child and Adolescent Programming
Venessa Bowers

Venessa is the Director of Child and Adolescent Programming at The Personal Wellness Center. She created the Blooming Lotus Project in 2020 which is the only expressive therapy program for children and adolescents on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Delaware.

She specializes in working with children, adolescents, and adults who have been affected by traumatic experiences. She has extensive training in Exposure & Response Prevention (ERP): The Gold Standard in Anxiety & OCD Treatment, Trauma-Focused, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectic Behavior Therapy, EMDR, and Motivational Interviewing.

She is a licensed certified social worker – clinical in Maryland, a licensed clinical social worker in Delaware, a certified clinical trauma professional, TCTSY-F, E-RYT 500  YACEP, RCYT, RPYT, certified mindfulness and meditation teacher, Usui/Holy Fire Reiki Master Teacher, Kundalini Reiki Master, and Karuna  Reiki Master. She holds a level 2 certification in Expressive Arts Therapies, is a Certified Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical Specialist, is trained in EMDR, and is a Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Certified Facilitator.

Venessa earned her Master of Arts degree in Communication with an emphasis in Organizational Communication from Purdue University’s West Lafayette, Indiana, campus in 2003 and began teaching classes in public speaking, mass media, graphic design, media messaging, and interpersonal communication at the university level directly after graduation.  Venessa was a college professor for 20 years and has taught communication courses at Indiana University, Purdue University, Colorado State University, Front Range Community College, and Ivy Tech Community College. Venessa completed a second master’s degree in Social Work at Indiana University in 2010 and taught social work courses at Indiana University. She relocated to Maryland in 2015 and taught classes in social work at Salisbury University, across the social work curriculum. Venessa is a Maryland Board of Social Workers approved supervisor.

In 2016, Venessa launched the new Book Worms children’s series with, Violet van Bumble’s Big Secret and Billy Ponder’s Wild Imagination; two of the five books in the series. She also released A Magical Duet, a two-story book that is part of the three-part Magical Hearts series. The Adventures of the Berry Thieves, the second book in the Magical Hearts series was released in 2019. DayDreaming: Naturally Creative Meditations for Children will be released in 2023, along with the third book in the Book Worms series: Sara Jane Siggle’s Smarty Pants. 

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