Claire Owens PGDip, BA (Hons), MBACP (Reg)
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 also studied Group Psychotherapy with the IGA (Institute of Group Analysis). I am a registered member of the BACP and a member of the IGA.
I am a trained practitioner of “Brainspotting”, a 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 been shown to be very effective with people who have experienced all forms of trauma.
Before coming to work in Brighton, I lived in Paris for 8 years working for a training organisation, carrying out individual and group work, within a number of large international companies. During this time I also studied and experienced first hand, a number of therapy models and techniques including EMDR, MBCT, Time-Line Therapy, Sophrology and Psychoanalysis.
My experience of both training and counselling with groups and individuals, has particularly 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.
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 symptoms of anxiety and depression and you are finding it harder to function in daily life. It may be that you are 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 embark on a therapeutic process can sometimes feel like a daunting step to make. It can however be hugely empowering. It can provide valuable insight into and working through of internal unconscious thoughts and feelings. It can bring about lasting, positive change to the internal relationship we have with ourselves and the external relationships we have with others.
Training, qualifications & experience
PGDip Psychodynamic Counselling
Institute of Group Analysis (IGA) Foundation Course in Group Psychotherapy
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- 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)
I offer a free half hour introductory session 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 will 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.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Wednesday, Thursday, Friday evenings and Saturdays
Types of client