Michael Owens

Michael Owens

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Richmond
Surrey
TW9

07806 873273

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Richmond
Surrey
TW9

07806 873273

About me

Sometimes it’s difficult to make sense of what is happening in our lives. We might experience events that are beyond our control. We might feel very low or uncertain without knowing why. Talking to family and friends about these difficulties can be awkward because they might be directly involved, they may have their own problems or they may be too distant to offer support. Counselling creates a safe, confidential space for you to discuss your issues with an impartial professional. This is the time when you can express complex thoughts and powerful feelings, reflect upon your circumstances and work on your options.

When we meet for an assessment, it is an opportunity for each of us to decide if we can work together. We will need to talk about the counselling contract - how much time we have for sessions and the nature of a confidential, therapeutic relationship. I will ask you to explain what you would like to explore in counselling and what you hope to get from our sessions. If we decide that we cannot work together, we can work on an appropriate referral.

After the initial assessment, the sessions will focus on what you want to discuss. It is important to state that counselling is not an advisory process. Instead, it encourages you to develop a deeper understanding of what is important to you, how you respond to different situations and what holds you back. With this knowledge, you will be able to make choices about your life that are better suited to your needs. The likely consequences of your decisions can be explored in counselling before you act on them and our sessions can offer support afterwards.

I offer short term counselling when clients want to focus on specific issues and I provide open-ended therapy for deeper, recurring difficulties. Short term counselling usually suits clients who are generally happy with their lives, but a recent problem has affected them adversely. Longer term work provides the opportunity to examine fundamental beliefs, values and patterns that influence our relationships with ourselves and others. We can decide whether we work for shorter or longer periods during the initial assessment.

You can make the decision to end counselling when it suits you. It is usually best to plan this as the end of the counselling relationship can be a powerful reminder of other endings and losses you might have experienced. A planned ending gives us the opportunity to make sure that you have discussed all you need to at this time. There is no restriction on you returning to counselling for another course of therapy or one-off top up sessions if you feel you need them.

I am an accredited member of the BACP and I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for Counselling & Psychotherapy in my practice. I trained in integrative counselling and short term therapy before studying for a Post Graduate Diploma in counselling supervision and cognitive behaviour therapy. My most recent training is in trauma therapy, dealing with clients experiencing isolated traumatic events and long term developmental traumas.

I offer online counselling via Skype and telephone sessions. The sessions follow the same format as face to face counselling.

Training, qualifications & experience

Professional Accreditation
Accredited Member of BACP

Counselling Qualifications
Post Graduate Diploma in Professional Studies (CBT/Counselling Supervision)
Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Integrative)

Other Qualifications
MA (Narrative Writing)
Post Graduate Certificate in Education
BA (Hons) English with Drama

Experience
I studied creative writing, drama and teaching before beginning a career in counselling. While I was teaching at a further education college, a student discussed a problem with me that was required specialist help and I referred her to the college counselling service. I realised I knew very little about counselling and decided to attend an introduction course to find out more. This led to further training and I achieved an Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling in 2003, a Post Graduate Diploma in CBT and Counselling Supervision in 2009 and Accredited Membership with BACP in 2011. During my career, I have gained a wide range of experience in therapeutic work, teaching, training and management.

I offered counselling in higher and further education establishments, prisons, bereavement and substance misuse charities, employee assistance programmes and private practice. My supervision experience includes working with trainee and professional counsellors from a range of therapeutic disciplines. I taught counselling in further and higher education and delivered training programmes for professionals and organisations. My training and experience in counselling has assisted me in managing several staff teams in higher education, for teaching, student support and specific projects. I have also written several articles for BACP journals on short term counselling, CBT and supervision.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

BACP

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Fees

Individuals
£50 per session (50 minutes)

Couples & Families
£90 per session (50 minutes)

Further information

Travelling to Counselling Sessions
40 Lambert Avenue, Richmond TW9 4QR

Buses
190, 419, R68, N22
Mortlake Road/Lower Richmond Road Stop G

Car Parking
There is free parking on Lambert Avenue

South West Trains
North Sheen Station is 10 minutes walk from Lambert Avenue
Mortlake Station is 15 minutes walk from Lambert Avenue

Maps & Directions

Richmond, TW9

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Availability

Mondays

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

Supervision provides a space for supervisees to discuss their concerns about their work, reflect on their practice and develop professionally and personally.

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