Dr. Marianne Bowden, PhD, opened her private practice in 2000. She was inspired by Psalm 84 in which the writer speaks of the sparrow building her nest near the altar of God. Pondering this further, Dr. Bowden felt a bird would only build a nest where it is safe, sheltered, nurtured, and respected. Dr. Bowden’s desire was to create a mental health practice that provided those elements and environment to allow for personal growth. Thus, her practice soon became Bowden & Associates as she added more therapists and services. And in 2016, Bowden & Associates Psychological and Counseling Services LLC was created and continues to be that safe place for nurturance and healing.