Michael Owens

I encourage clients to explore their difficulties in therapy with a particular focus on the clients’ relationships. The aim is to help clients develop a deeper understanding of their thoughts, feelings and behaviour and define what they want for themselves. Understanding our needs and accepting ourselves can be the first step in making significant changes to our lives. During this process, I assist clients by asking questions, making observations and offering alternative perspectives on their problems. What I won’t do is offer advice because this can get in the way of clients making decisions which are tailored to their needs.
Since qualifying as an integrative counsellor, I trained in CBT, Counselling Supervision and Trauma Therapy, and gained profession accreditation with BACP. Working with both short and long term counselling models, I have a wide range of practical experience in corporate and voluntary settings. I train and supervise counselling practitioners and I have published articles on therapy. I have a special interest in working with people who have experienced psychological traumas, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and the influence of childhood attachments.

Professional Status & Qualifications
Diploma in Trauma Therapy 2017
BACP Accredited Counsellor & Psychotherapist 2011
Post Graduate Diploma (CBT & Counselling Supervision) 2009
Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling 2003
Post Graduate Certificate in Education 1997

Academic Qualifications
MA Narrative Writing 2001
BA (Hons) English & Drama 1993

Journal Articles
BACP Healthcare, April 2014: CBT – More familiar than you think? (reprint: Therapy Today, May 2014)
BACP Universities & Colleges, May 2013: Supervisor Self-Disclosure
AUCC, March 2012: Introduction to CBT