Michael Owens

Counselling
I provide integrative therapy which is based around the humanistic models and transference issues. This means I pay particular attention to our relationship and its development as well as the content of our discussions. If you’re not familiar with these terms, it won’t be a problem. I share as much of the process as I can when it is appropriate during the sessions.

How does talking help?
This is usually the first question I’m asked when I tell people what I do for a living. First and foremost, we are a social species. It is comforting to have another person listen to what we say and find out what we mean. The impact of this activity is easily overlooked. Often the problems described in counselling are complex and emotionally draining, which makes them difficult to deal with alone, or with family and friends. Talking helps us to discover what we really think and feel about these problems, which challenges the ideas we have about who we are. And this brings us to one of the major benefits of the talking therapies. Being heard and understood by another person is a form of acceptance. To have someone accept who we are, with all of our quirks and contradictions, helps us to accept ourselves and recognise the resources we have at our disposal.

I offer open-ended counselling. There is no set number of sessions. We continue to work as long as you need the support.

Supervision
I provide supervision for counsellors and therapy training providers.

Credit for my work
In 2017, I got a mention in the Evening Standard for my work with a student experiencing PTSD. A copy of the article is held at https://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/counsellor_21047.html

Professional Status
BACP Accredited Counsellor & Psychotherapist 2011

Qualifications
2017 Diploma in Trauma Therapy 2017
2009 Post Graduate Diploma (CBT & Counselling Supervision) 2009
2003 Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling 2003