Verity Owers, Integrative Counsellor MBACP & Bereavement Specialist
St Johns Hill
I am a qualified Integrative Counsellor providing specialist support for those struggling with grief and loss following a bereavement. I also offer general counselling for a wide range of other issues including anxiety, depression and low self-esteem.
Whether you are struggling with a particular issue or generally feeling unhappy in your life, I can help you explore any limiting beliefs or difficult life experiences that may be holding you back.
As an Integrative practitioner, I draw on a range of different approaches in seeking the best way forward. These include Person Centred and Psychodynamic Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy techniques and body-orientated methods, and Attachment Theory as well as Humanistic and Transpersonal approaches in particular Psychosynthesis.
I offer both short and long term / open ended therapy and provide a safe, caring and confidential space through regular 50 minute sessions.
Bereavement may be one of the most difficult experiences you ever have to deal with. You may find yourself struggling with intense emotions – such as shock, anger and sadness – or more complicated thoughts to do with relief, bitterness or abandonment. You may worry about sharing your pain and feeling a burden to friends and family.
While these are very normal reactions, they can make bereavement an overwhelming and isolating experience. Being able to speak to someone who can help you make sense of what you are thinking and feeling can provide relief and reassurance.
As an experienced Bereavement Counsellor, I have been a support to many people struggling in the wake of loss. My work with clients has shown me there is no set pattern or timeline for grief and that each bereavement brings up different feelings and reactions. For this reason, the therapy I offer will be tailored to your individual needs and circumstance, and delivered at a pace that’s right for you.
My aim is to help you reach a more peaceful place with your loss, so you can start to move forward with your life.
Getting the help you need
It’s natural to feel hesitant about seeking support, especially if you have tried unsuccessfully to resolve your problems in the past. My experience has shown me that counselling can make a positive difference and lead to improvements in mental and emotional well-being.
When you first get in touch, we will discuss what is troubling you and how I can be of assistance. My initial face to face consultation session is FREE so we can talk in more depth and get a feel for how we might work together before deciding on next steps.
Contact me today by phone or email. I look forward to hearing from you and to discussing how I can help.
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 and ongoing professional development - including with Cruse and Sir Colin Murray Parkes, in areas including Complicated Grief and Traumatic Bereavement.
- Diploma in Integrative Counselling
- Registered Member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy). Registration number 213843.
- Advanced Diploma with Professional Registration in Clinical Nursing (Learning Disabilities branch)
Experience and working partnerships
I have counselled clients in both short and long term / open ended settings, at the following organisations –
2016 – Present - St Christopher’s Hospice & Bromley Bereavement Service, South London
2014 – 2016 - Wandsworth Bereavement Service, South London
2014 – 2016 - The Minster Centre Low Cost Counselling Service, North London
Before training as a Counsellor, I gained wider professional experience in the public, private and charitable sectors. I originally trained as a nurse supporting adults with learning disabilities and went on to work in fundraising 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)
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have experience of working with clients seeking support in a number of areas including:
Abuse 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 Stress
Grief - traumatic and complicated Trauma
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 at supporting clients through the pain of grief with the aim of helping them reach a more peaceful place with their loss.
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An initial consultation is FREE.
Ongoing face to face sessions are £45 (daytime up to 5pm) and £50 (evenings from 5pm).
Telephone sessions are £40 a time.
I am based in South London within easy reach of Streatham, Brixton, Tooting, Balham, Croydon, Victoria and surrounding areas. I work from quiet, comfortable therapy rooms on Streatham Hill – close to public transport.
I also offer telephone counselling following an initial face to face consultation or sessions.
I offer sessions at various times during the week. Do get in touch by phone or email to find out more and discuss how we might work together.
Talks & workshops
I have delivered events and workshops aimed at helping participants explore grief and loss in an open, accessible way and am a practiced public speaker. If you would like me to deliver a talk or workshop for your organisation, do get in touch.
As a Qualified Counsellor and Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I am in regular Supervision and uphold the values, principles and moral qualities set out by the BACP Ethical Framework (2016).
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I offer sessions at various times during the week. Please get in touch to find out current availability.
Types of client