About the Counselor
Degrees and Certifications:
Moody Junior High School is proud to have Jared W Bowman as our school counselor. Mr. Bowman believes that every person has value and worth and should be treated as such, and he works each day to meet the emotional, mental, and academic needs of our students. A graduate of Pell City High School, Mr. Bowman has a Masters in Counseling from Jacksonville State University. He came to MJHS in 2017 after a decade with JBS Mental Health as an out-patient therapist. In his free time, Mr. Bowman likes getting in his wife’s way and being his 4 year old daughter’s dedicated hype man. He loves watches, raising his blood pressure by reading the comments section, and watching True Crime documentaries.
He re-watches LOST in its entirety at least once a year.
Over the years my philosophy and approach to counseling has evolved, just as I have evolved as a counselor. I believe that each person holds within themselves an idea of whom and what they want to be or become. Some people have more difficulty reaching that ideal self. As a counselor, I am entrusted by others to help guide people and reach these ideals. Changing requires growing and growing is sometimes a painful process. As we help people confront who they are and examine who that want to become we are able to guide them in achieving lasting change. In my experience working with children, adolescents, and their families, I have discovered that each student and each family requires an individualized approach. When dealing with families, I implement a behavioral approach that seeks to address issues within the family system. I use talk therapy and role play to help families address problems, talk them through, and begin implementing changes. While working as a school counselor, I often rely on solution-focused brief therapy along with a cognitive behavioral approach to assist students in thinking about their behavior and their lives in different ways. Solution-focused brief therapy is helpful in addressing student’s problems and helping them develop a plan to make changes quickly. A Cognitive Behavioral approach is useful in getting students to look beyond their present circumstances and focusing on how their choices affect them down the road. All of this combined with an existential focus of keeping in mind our purpose and why we do the things we do has informed my approach to working with these populations.