Claire Owens, BACP (reg), PGDIp, BA (Hons)
I am a qualified Psychodynamic Counsellor and work with both individuals and groups.
I trained in the Psychodynamic approach at Brighton University and I have studied Group Psychotherapy with the IGA (Institute of Group Analysis).
I am also a trained practitioner of “Brainspotting”, an exciting new brain-body therapy treatment method deriving from EMDR. It aims to help focus and process, through the deep brain, sources of many emotional, somatic and performance problems. It is also very effective with people who have experienced all forms of trauma.
Before coming to work in Brighton, I lived in Paris for 8 years. I carried out individual and group training, within a number of large international companies.
If you are thinking about therapy, it could be you have recently hit a tough time in your life and need a space to make sense of it.
It might be that a relationship has become difficult; with your partner, at work with colleagues, with your children or close family members.
You may be suffering from symptoms such as anxiety and depression and you are finding it harder to function in daily life.
You could be transitioning from one stage to another in your life; leaving home, starting a family or approaching retirement and you need somewhere to work through some of the feelings of anxiety, fear and uncertainty that such a change can bring.
It could also be you are thinking about therapy, not because of any particular issue or crisis point in your life but because you simply want to understand yourself better and now seems the right time. You may want to get to the bottom of why over a number of years, you seem to keep repeating certain negative or even destructive patterns and behaviours in your life.
Whatever the reason, making the decision to see a therapist can sometimes feel like a daunting step to make, but it can be hugely empowering.
The therapy process can provide important insight into and working through of internal thoughts and feelings, some of which may be unconscious and need to be brought into full awareness in order to change.
Therapy can bring about lasting, positive change to the internal relationship we have with all the different parts of ourselves and as a result help to improve the external relationships we have with others.
My experience of both training and counselling with groups and individuals, has underlined how forming a relationship of trust and honesty can be incredibly transformative.
I believe the therapeutic relationship is essentially about engaging another suffering human in a safe and trusting relationship where they feel heard, accepted, and understood. I work with clients to enable and facilitate self awareness and where needed, lasting change.
Training, qualifications & experience
PGDip Psychodynamic Counselling
Institute of Group Analysis (IGA) Foundation Course in Group Psychotherapy
Brainspotting Phase 1 & 2
I attend CPD events regularly, and run two monthly peer groups.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
I offer an introductory session at £10 where you can ask any questions you might have about counselling and my practice to help you to in decide whether I might be the right counsellor for you at this time or whether perhaps I can recommend you to somebody else.
Sessions are for one hour on a weekly basis. We agree a session time that is convenient for you and you can have that time for as long as we have contracted. I am able to offer daytime, evening and weekend appointments.
My fee is £40 per session, payable at the end of each appointment.
I also offer low cost sessions on certain days for those out of work or on lower salaries.
I also offer low cost Group Therapy at £20 per session.
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