Owen (pronouns: he/him) is a qualified humanistic / person-centred & integrative psychotherapist and counsellor, based in Dublin, Ireland. He is also a professionally accredited social worker, who, since 2011, has been employed at an inner-city acute teaching hospital. Located at the hospital, Owen supports outpatients and inpatients within Ireland’s largest sexual health clinic - patients who are tested or treated for HIV, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and other infectious diseases. Prior to this, Owen worked as a medical social worker within inpatient psychiatry and community mental health, as well as within a hospice setting.
As a psychotherapist and counsellor, Owen passionately believes that, given the appropriate conditions, all individuals have the capacity to realise their true selves and their potential. Owen’s therapeutic approach is first and foremost person-centred, seeing the uniqueness in each individual, and looking at what best suits a client’s needs and situation. In his practice, Owen provides a confidential, non-judgemental, compassionate and safe space, where he accompanies each individual in their healing and growth journey. He places great emphasis on the establishment of the therapeutic relationship between client and therapist and he regards this as a fundamental factor in achieving effective outcomes and positive change.
Owen works from a gender affirmative approach using different models of psychotherapy, rather than assuming a “one-size-fits-all”. He supports a client to come to a comfortable, consensual and self-accepting place with their gender identity. He sees gender as diverse and works with you from the belief that no gender identity or expression is inherently more superior, valid, “natural” or “normal” than any other. In other words, that you are seen and believed for who you are, that you don't need to prove yourself - that whatever stage you are at on your journey, that you are "trans enough".
Owen is a member of WPATH (World Professional Association of Transgender Health) and EPATH (European Professional Association of Transgender Health), which enables him to stay up to date on developments in transgender healthcare. He furthermore holds both the European Certificate of Psychotherapy from the European Association of Psychotherapy (EAP), as well as the World Certificate for Psychotherapy from the World Council for Psychotherapy (WCP). Additionally he is a member of the European Association for Integrative Psychotherapists (EAIP), holding the European Certificate of Integrative Psychotherapy (ECIP).
Owen has an active interest in the areas of gender, sexuality, and relationship diversity (GSRD) and how presenting issues (e.g. stigma, internalised shame, oppression, discrimination) can impact on mental health and psychological well-being. He sees gender intersecting with other aspects of a person’s experience (e.g. race, age, sexuality, class, mental health, to name but a few) and so he explores gender identity in the context of a client’s background and wider world. Together Owen will explore with you how to navigate this wider world in ways that are safe enough, consensual and comfortable for you. He also works with a broad range of presenting issues, such as anxiety, depression, stress, bereavement, grief & loss, loneliness, bullying, confidence & self-esteem, and with relationship or work-related issues.
- BA (hons)
- Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy
- M.Soc.Sc.; Post Graduate Diploma in Social Policy
- WPATH / EPATH
Types of Sessions:
Sessions: Individual counselling, Psychotherapy, Support Sessions
Areas of counselling: Gender, Sexuality and Relationship Diversity (GSRD) as well as presenting issues, such as anxiety, depression, stress, bereavement, grief & loss, loneliness, bullying, confidence & self-esteem, and with relationship or work-related issues.
Online - Video: Yes
In Person: Yes in Dublin by arrangement
Phone: Yes by arrangement
Types of clients: Adults only
Therapies offered: Long Term Counselling, Single Session Counselling, Person-centred Counselling, Humanistic approach
Sign Language: No