Verity Owers, Integrative Counsellor MBACP
I wonder what has drawn you here seeking support? What is troubling you or causing you to feel stuck in your life right now? Whatever the reason, I invite you to share your challenges with me. Together we can explore any limiting beliefs or difficult life experiences that may be holding you back and seek a new way forward that helps you embrace your full potential.
As an Integrative Counsellor, I believe in ‘tailoring the therapy to the client, not the client to the therapy’ and seek to honour your individual character and personal circumstance.
In practice, I draw on a range of different approaches in seeking the best way forward. This includes drawing on the values of non-judgement, congruence and empathy as a framework for the therapeutic relationship (as advocated by Person Centred Therapy). I use body-orientated methods including grounding and breathing exercises and an awareness of the embodied self, in order to gain invaluable insights which cannot be accessed by talking alone. I combine this with an understanding of the way in which early relationships can shape later patterns of relating (as seen through the lens of Attachment Theory). I draw on the dynamics between therapist and client in attempting to make sense of unhelpful patterns of relating, with a view to creating patterns that are more constructive (Relational Therapy). The growth orientated model advocated by the Humanistic and Transpersonal approaches (especially Psychosynthesis) offer further inspiration in working to help clients find a more enriched way of being.
I provide a safe, caring and confidential space through regular, weekly sessions and offer both short and long term counselling – up to 12 sessions for short term therapy or in blocks of 6 sessions for longer term work.
As a Qualified Counsellor and Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP), I am in regular Supervision and uphold the values, principles and moral qualities set out by the Ethical Framework (2016).
Training, qualifications & experience
- 5 year training in Integrative Counselling at the Minster Centre - a leading provider of Counselling and Psychotherapy training affiliated to Middlesex University.
- Additional specialist training that has deepened my knowledge and practice in various areas including Complicated Grief and Traumatic Bereavement.
- Diploma in Integrative Counselling
- Registered Member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy). My registration number is 213843.
- Advanced Diploma with Professional Registration in Clinical Nursing (Learning Disabilities branch)
Experience and working partnerships
I have counselled clients in both long and short term settings, with issues ranging from anxiety, depression and trauma to bereavement and anger management, at the following organisations:
2016–Present - St Christopher’s Hospice, South London
2014–2016 - Wandsworth Bereavement Service, South London
2014–2016 - The Minster Centre Low Cost Counselling Service, North London
I also have wider professional experience in the public, private and charitable sectors having trained as a nurse supporting adults with learning disabilities and after working for organisations including Macmillan Cancer Support and Rainbow Trust (for children with a terminal illness and their families). I am a Trustee of a local Counselling Service.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have experience of working with clients seeking support in a number of areas including:
Abuse - sexual, domestic Low self-esteem / self worth
Addiction - alcoholism Panic Attacks
Agoraphobia Personal development
Ageing Problems sleeping
Anger management Relationship difficulties
Anxiety Self expression
Bereavement Separation and loss
Family issues Spirituality
Grief - traumatic and complicated Stress
Bereavement and loss
I specialise in working with individuals that have been bereaved following the death of a friend or loved one. I am experienced in guiding clients through the pain of loss, and where appropriate, helping them to recognise and nurture the sense of purpose a bereavement can bring.
My fee for an initial consultation is £40.
Following an initial consultation, ongoing face to face sessions are £55 a time.
Telephone sessions are £45 a time.
Each session lasts for 50 minutes.
I don’t currently offer any lower cost sessions.
I am based in South London within easy access of Streatham, Brixton, Tooting, Balham, Croydon, Victoria and around. I also offer telephone counselling following an initial face to face consultation or sessions.
I offer face to face and telephone sessions at various times during the week, including daytimes and evenings. Feel free to call to set up an initial consultation or to discuss how we might work together on 07971 56 10 82.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Various times during the week, including daytimes and evenings.
Types of client