Claire Owens

Claire Owens

East Sussex

East Sussex


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About me

Qualifications, Training & Experience

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.

I have experience of working with clients with a range of issues ranging from anxiety, panic attacks, depression, OCD, eating disorders, relationship difficulties, addictions, trauma and abuse, problems with self confidence and self esteem and grief and loss.

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and am fully insured.

I work at The Rock Clinic and The Hove Therapy Rooms and have also been doing project work at the Mind Charity in Brighton.

Therapeutic Approach

I believe in the transformative power of the therapeutic relationship to improve relationships, change unwanted thoughts and patterns of behaviour, heal past wounds, and promote personal awareness, growth and well-being. I aim to offer a safe, respectful and non-judgmental space, where clients can expect to be treated with compassion and empathy. Having established a trusting relationship, I work collaboratively with clients to help them identify and work towards reaching their goals.

I tailor the way I work to fit each individual client, and utilise various theoretical approaches depending on the client’s unique issues and needs. The basis of my work, from my core training, is psychodynamic and relational. I have however trained in and studied a number of techniques and approaches, which I discuss with clients before using.

A deep respect for the human drive towards health and wholeness, which I have the privilege to witness and experience with clients, continues to underpin and inspire my work.

Therapeutic Process

Each individual session is 50 minutes long.

The length of the process is dependent on the goals of the client, and can be agreed at the first few sessions and discussed throughout. For therapy to be effective, a commitment of either weekly or fortnightly sessions is recommended.

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.

Training, qualifications & experience

My core university training is in the psychodynamic therapeutic approach. I have also had further training in Group therapy at the Institute of Group Analysis.

I continue to develop my knowledge in a range of psychotherapy approaches (CBT, IFS, CAT) and with a wide variety of issues (Trauma, Anxiety, Shame, ADHD) client groups (men, adolescents, couples).

The trainings I have carried out are listed below:


PGDip Psychodynamic Therapeutic Counselling, Brighton University

Foundation Certificate in Group Psychotherapy, Group Analysis South East, IGA

Further Training & Professional Development

Psychotherapeutic Approaches

Brainspotting (an approach developed from EMDR)

Brainspotting Phase 1 & 2 BSPUK – BSP UK, Dr Mark Grixti

Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)

Diversity in CAT (Cognitive Analytic Therapy) – Sussex Partnership NHS Trust

Cognitve Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Advanced Cognitive Behavior Therapy: CBT for Your Most Challenging Clients - PESI/Psychotherapy Excellence

Internal Family Systems (IFS)

Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS): A Revolutionary & Transformative Treatment for Permanent Healing of PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, Substance Abuse and more  Frank Anderson- PESI/Psychotherapy Excellence 2


Mindfulness, Healing and Transformation: The Pain and the Promise of Befriending the Full Catastrophe, Bessel Van der Kolk & Jon Kabat-Zinn, PESI/Psychotherapy Excellence

When Words are not Enough: The Role of Yoga Therapy and Mindfulness in Treating Anxiety & Depression, The Rock Clinic

Client Groups


Love & Hate in Couples: The Dynamics of Violence & Reconciliation, Brighton Therapy Partnership


Sturm und Drang - The Dilemmas of Working Therapeutically with Adolescents in Private Practice - Rebecca Kirkbride, Brighton Therapy Partnership


Men and Therapy - Key Approaches to Working with Men  - Psychotherapy Excellence


Confluence and Collaboration: Group Analysis in the 21st Century, Morris Nitsun, Gwen Adshead, Earl Hopper, Sue Einhorn – Psychotherapy Excellence

Specific Mental Health Issues

Complex Mental Health Needs

PECAN Research Event: Where the need is great – approaches to supporting people through crisis and complexity Sussex Partnership NHS Trust, Sussex Education Centre

Trauma, Attachment, Shame

EMDR In Action: A Step-By-Step Master Class  PESI/Psychotherapy Excellence - Deany Laliotis Nov 2018

In Conversation with Babette Rothschild : An evening discussion  - The Body Remembers, NScience

Addiction, Trauma, & Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): The Neuroscience behind Developmental/Attachment Trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences   - PESI/Psychotherapy Excellence

The Latest in Trauma Treatments: Diagnosis, Neuroscience & Best Practices PESI/Psychotherapy Excellence

Trauma Healing: Transforming Developmental Trauma into Integration and Resiliency – Dan Siegel, PESI/Psychotherapy Excellence

Trauma, Memory and the Restoration of One's Self - Bessel van der Kolk, PESI/Psychotherapy Excellence

Traumatic Attachment and Co-Regulation: The Neurobiology of Relationship – Janina Fisher - PESI/Psychotherapy Excellence

Overcoming Trauma-Related Shame and Self-Loathing – Janina Fisher, PESI/Psychotherapy Excellence

Complex Trauma and Shame: Somatic Interventions with Janina Fisher, PESI/Psychotherapy Excellence

Narcissistic & Borderline Personality Disorders (NPD/BPD)

Fragile Selves: Working with Narcissistic and Borderline States of Mind – Jeremy Holmes, Phil Mollen, Neville Symington, Susanna Abse and Jenny Riddell Dr Susan Mizen, Allan Schore, Clara Muci, Diana Diamond, David Celani, Jay Greenberg, Frank Lachmann, Ruthie Smith, Jack Nathan, Elizabeth Wilde McCormick, Dr Anne Alvarez and Marcus West, CONFER


Certified ADHD Professional (ADHD-CCSP) Intensive Training Course: Evidence-Based Strategies for Managing ADHD Across the Lifespan, David Nowell, Russell A. Barkley, Cindy Goldrich, Jennifer Wilke-Deaton, Peg Dawson

The Disintegrating Self - Understanding and working with adults with ADHD and/or autistic spectrum traits - Phil Mollon, Brighton Therapy Partnership

General Psychotherapy

Mistakes of the Heart: The Healing Power of Therapeutic Repair - PESI/Psychotherapy Excellence  Janina Fisher

Attachment, Neuroscience & 21st Century Psychotherapy by Professor Jeremy Holmes – The Centre for Emotional Development

Member organisations


Accredited register membership


Individual Therapy: £50 per session, payable at the end of each appointment.
Group Therapy at £20 per session.

Maps & Directions

Hove, BN3
Brighton, BN1

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: No


Please contact for current availability

Types of client

Young people
Older adults