Claire Owens

Psychodynamic Counsellor & DBT Therapist (Individuals & Groups)

PGDip Psychodynamic Counselling (Brighton University), Certificate in Group Psychotherapy (IGA), Foundation Certificate in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (BIDBT), Brainspotting (Level II) (BSPUK)

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About Me

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.

To Help You With...
AbuseAdoption IssuesAlcohol Abuse and Alcohol DependenceAlzheimersAnxietyAspergersAttachment TheoryAutismBipolarBody Image IssuesCancerCareer CounselingChronic Pain or IllnessCodependencyContemplativeDepressionDivorceDomestic AbuseDrug Dependence / Abuse / AddictionEating DisorderFeministGender IdentityHistorical TraumaImmigration/AcculturationInfertilityInsomniaIntellectual DisabilityInternet AddictionInterpersonalKleptomaniaLGBTQ IssuesLoss or GriefMen’s IssuesMindfulness-basedOCDODDPanicPanic AttacksPersonal GrowthPersonality DisordersPolyamorous and Open RelationshipsPostpartumPregnancy (Prenatal Mental Health)Premarital CounselingPsychodynamicPTSDRelationalRelationship / Marriage IssuesSelf-EsteemSelf-HarmingSensorimotorSexual AbuseSexual AddictionSexual ProblemsSocial PhobiaSpiritualitySuicidal IdeationTraumaWomen’s Issues
Therapeutic Approach

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. I have also trained in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy with the Linehan Institute approved training organisation, The British Isles DBT Training. 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.


Starting my private practice 7 years ago at The Rock Clinic in Brighton, I have gained 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 continue to work independently in Private Practice and also am a member of DBT Sussex at The Phoenix Therapy Practice. I have also done project work at the Mind Charity in Brighton, and am a part of a local charity which offers mentorships to young women.

Type of Therapy
Behavioural TherapyBrainspottingDialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)IntegrativeMindfulnessPsychoanalysisPsychoanalyticPsychodynamic Therapy
Client Type
Type of Session
Fixed TermLong Term (Face to Face)Online TherapyShort Term (Face to Face)Skype