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.

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.

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 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
Diploma in Trauma Therapy
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
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.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

BACP

Photos & videos

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Fees

Individuals
£60 per session (50 minutes)

Couples
£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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