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Sara Bowe

Licensed Professional Counselor-IT

Clinical Philosophy

It seems that we can find ourselves stuck in stories. These stories often come with negative thoughts about our abilities or characteristics like being a “bad mom”, “inadequate husband”, or possibly thinking that we are “not liked by others”. We can find many examples in our memory to support these stories, which strengthens their power. These stories are often weighed down with unwanted emotions. We typically try to avoid these emotions all together only to have it catch up with us, or feel the emotions so deeply that it is hard to shake them off. You may find yourself in places where you are quicker to anger, don’t want to be around others, have low energy, feel down, lack concentration, or have excessive worry.

This is where counseling can help! At Uplift Counseling Center I provide a safe and judgment free place to talk about the stories weighing you down. My goal is not to provide you with advice, but instead help you discover what parts of your story are no longer serving you. I also aim to help you see yourself in a different light as I view the problem as the problem, not you! Finally, I want to assist you in attending to your pain through building resilience. So whether you’ve told your story before, or this is the first time, I am so excited to start this journey with you!

Sara's Education

My diverse experiences allow me to provide specialized care to help heal wounds that cannot be seen.
Minnesota Air National Guard
Teacher- ECASD
Deployed Oversees
M.S. Mental Health Counseling
Opened Uplift Counseling Center
I joined the Minnesota Air National Guard out of St. Paul midway through college. After completing training for Emergency Management (CBRN) at Fort Leonard Wood, MO, I returned back to Wisconsin to complete my undergraduate degree.
I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a degree in education. My training experience was in first and seventh grade, and I was fortune to get a teaching job at Manz Elementary School. I taught third and fourth grade at Manz. This position showed me the need for more mental health support in the schools.
In 2017 I was deployed overseas for six months. At this time I was married to my wonderful husband, Ryan. It was a long six months being away from loved ones. We were able to gain perspective into adaptions and adjustments families have to make during these times.
Upon returning home I started school for my master’s degree at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. I integrated my passion for mental health and working in the schools by creating a school based mental health program in the Menomonie School District. This program was then copied in Ellsworth and Bloomer School Districts. During this time I was primarily counseling middle and high school aged students. I also collaborated with families and educators to provide additional support with behaviors they were seeing at home or at school.
I am excited to start my next journey by providing mental health support in the Eau Claire community!

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I am excited to be opening Uplift Counseling Center in January 2020! I grew up in the Chippewa Valley, so the ability to support our community through clinical counseling and consulting services is an absolute privilege.

My professional experiences allow me to deliver treatment to a variety of people. It is important to me to focus on supporting children and adolescents. I enjoy counseling children to help them find success in and out of school, and to prevent mental illness in their future. I also think it is important to support parents and teachers through counseling. Nurturing the generations that will one day make decisions for us is an important but tiring responsibility! Another group that I connect with is military and life saving personnel. Although all of our experiences are different, one commonality is the sacrifices that life saving personnel, and their families, are asked to make. I understand how stressful this can be on the individual and the family system. Both populations experience higher levels of trauma, either directly or indirectly. No story should need to be carried alone, and it would be an honor to support you through healing from yours.

On a personal level, I am not a stranger to living with higher amounts of anxiety. Through my own journey toward living more grounded, and with more joy, I have explored treatment through both medical and holistic methods. Everyone’s journey is different, but my experience allows me to support you in finding the best approach to fit your needs. I view counseling as a collaborative process with the goal of helping you walk out of treatment feeling uplifted!

Alex Anderson

Licensed Professional Counselor-IT

Counseling Philosophy

It is no secret that we all go through things in life—these experiences shape us in ways that can be difficult to understand, and sometimes we are not even aware of the impact they have left on us or have ingrained within us. These experiences can leave us interpreting our beliefs about the world, ourselves, and others differently. Our past informs our present, and when that past catches up with us, it can leave us feeling a lot of emotions—emotions we are not used to and typically do not want to feel or deal with. Sometimes, we need help navigating through in order to determine the most beneficial way forward to make changes in our lives. Nobody knows your story or your experiences better than you—you are the expert on your own life. I am simply there to assist in guiding or facilitating your journey!

The stigma that surrounds mental health is powerful—it can make the idea of counseling seem as though there is something wrong with you, when in reality, there is such power in realizing you need help and reaching out for it. Sharing your story in a confidential space may seem daunting, but ultimately, the process can lead you to greater self-awareness, self-esteem, and most importantly, a more fulfilling life. I know opening up to someone new is hard but going through life without addressing your struggles is even harder. I invite you to begin to share your story with me. The more you talk about the issues that have ahold of you, the faster you can lessen the power they have over you. 

Alex's Education

I'm here to help navigate life & address the struggles of the past.
UW-Stout
Redirection
Accepted into Program
M.S. Mental Health Counseling
Joined Uplift Counseling Center
I graduated with a B.S. degree in Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management with an Event Planning concentration from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. I have always been a social person and love making connections! I thought a job as an event planner would be perfect for me, so I started my career in the hospitality industry.
Since I graduated, I struggled with feeling like something was missing in my life and the work I was doing left me feeling empty and unfulfilled. I started looking for a way to bring my passion and fire for mental health and people together. I had been reflecting on my own life and how mental health struggles had not only impacted me but had impacted my entire family as well. I wanted to find a way to attempt to make an impact in other people’s lives. It was then that I decided to apply to the University of Wisconsin-Stout’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program and anxiously awaited to see if I got accepted.
I was thrilled when I was accepted into the program and I began my formal education in the UW-Stout Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program.
My second year of graduate school came with clinical experience in the Menomonie Middle & High School along with Bloomer Middle School. I was a school-based mental health counselor working with adolescents, where I was also in close communication with families, guardians, and school staff to help support the students in the best way possible. I also gained experience at the Chippewa Valley Free Clinic providing counseling services for adults in the Eau Claire area. I ended 2020 graduating with my master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
I joined Sara as a co-owner at Uplift Counseling Center, where I am extremely excited and grateful to start my counseling journey!

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I feel so lucky that I was able to join Sara at Uplift Counseling Center in 2021! Sara and I met in our master’s program at the University of Wisconsin-Stout and when she shared her vision with me for Uplift Counseling Center, I knew I wanted to be a part of it. I am a Minnesota native, (don’t worry, I’m a Packers fan!), but have lived in Eau Claire for four years and absolutely love this area and the people that make up this community.

During my education, I pursued the following concentrations: Children & Adolescents, Eating Disorders, and AODA (Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Programs). Working with children and adolescents is particularly special to me because I went through hardships in my own life growing up and would have highly benefited from a mental health counselor or someone to help me understand what was going on in my life at the time. I strive to be a figure for children and adolescents now that I needed back when I was younger. AODA also hits close to home for me because I have personal experience with how seriously addiction can impact a family—not only the person struggling, but everyone surrounding them as well. After beginning my work at Uplift Counseling Center, I have developed a deep passion for working with individuals who have endured trauma and helping them navigate how those experiences changed or shaped their views on the world, themselves, and others. 

I also work as a mentor at the Trinity Equestrian Center, a center that provides children and young adults support from a friendly and professional Mentor.  Trinity Mentors help individuals to thrive and be successful through building a long term, one-on-one relationship. It is incredibly fulfilling to see the impact that this program can have on youth. 

I believe that everyone is yearning to be accepted, loved, and to feel valued in their everyday lives. I also know that based on everyone’s varied experiences, these desires are not always met, and life has made them question what value they do hold. I welcome you to start your journey towards healing, acceptance, or working through whatever stands in your way at Uplift Counseling Center!

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