Verity Owers, Integrative Counsellor MBACP (Accred)
Hello my name's Verity and I'm a qualified and experienced Integrative Counsellor and Registered Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I provide general counselling for a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, panic attacks and low self-esteem, to name a few. I also offer specialist support for those struggling with grief and loss following a bereavement.
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 the following therapies; Person-Centred, Psychodynamic, Humanistic and Transpersonal (in particular Psychosynthesis) as well as, body-oriented methods (including Focusing), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy techniques and Attachment Theory.
In a safe, caring and confidential space, I offer both short and long term / open-ended therapy through regular 50-minute sessions.
Contact me today to hear how I could help you.
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.
I would like to invite you to contact me today by phone on 07897 833207 or send an 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 Accredited 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 – 2018 - 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 was a Trustee of a local Counselling Service from 2016 to 2017.
As a Qualified Counsellor and Registered Accredited 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 (2018).
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have experience of working with clients seeking support in a number of areas including:
- Addiction - alcoholism
- Anger management
- Family issues
- Grief - traumatic and complicated
- Low self-esteem / self worth
- Panic Attacks
- Personal development
- Problems sleeping
- Relationship difficulties
- Separation and loss
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.
** To ensure you can still access the support you need during the COVID-19 outbreak, I am offering online and telephone sessions. **
Face to face, online and telephone sessions are:
£60 per 50 minute session.
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.
I work from quiet, comfortable therapy rooms in London - close to public transport including Clapham Junction station and Oxford Circus tube station.
I work in easy reach of central London, Clapham, Battersea, Earlsfield, Wimbledon, Fulham, Streatham, Brixton, Tooting, Balham, Croydon, Victoria and surrounding areas.
I also offer online and telephone counselling for those not able to meet face to face.
Talks and 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.