W e l c o m e
Jen Owen is a qualified and accredited psychotherapist
offering relational psychotherapy to individuals
from her wood cabin situated in the heart of Stroud, Gloucestershire
and also at The Practice Rooms in Bristol.
She has been working in private practice since 2009.
Her approach focuses on understanding relational patterns
alongside building mind and body awareness
to help bring more balance to your emotional life.
After meeting for an initial session,
the practical details of each client’s therapy
are worked out together on an individual basis.
If you would like to make an appointment
you can contact Jen below.
“What lies at the heart of psychotherapy is the centrality of exploring and illuminating personal meanings, or making sense together.” Peter Buirski and Pamela Haglund
About JenBackground, training and experience
Training and Experience
My training was at the Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling, (BCPC) www.bcpc.org.uk, which has been a leading trainer for psychotherapists and counsellors for over 30 years.
The training is accredited by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) www.ukcp.org.uk and affiliated to Middlesex University who award MA’s to BCPC’s Psychotherapy graduates.
Since 2009 I have been an active member of BCPC Glos, a gloucestershire based network of BCPC trained counsellors and psychotherapists. Currently I co-ordinate the website for the group, www.bcpcglos.co.uk.
Alongside my private practice, in 2016 I began working as part of the therapy team for the Gloucester Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers project (Garas), www.garas.org.uk.
My original background was in Fine Art which has informed my view of therapy as both a creative and relational process.
As well as working in a therapeutic context, I love to create abstract and gestural paintings as a way of expressing elements of my emotional life.
Over the last year have been working on a series of imaginal works exploring the experience of life in the womb.
There are many reasons for people to seek therapeutic help. There may be a sense of being overwhelmed by feelings such as loss, anger or anxiety, or feeling trapped in an unhealthy relationship, cycles of depression, or a pattern of compulsive behaviour.
Whatever the circumstances, I believe that therapy can help people find new ways to be with their emotions and as a result, break free of unhelpful patterns and realise their individual potential.
This core belief forms the foundation for my work and my commitment to each person is to bring my wholehearted intention to listen and respond to you authentically, with kindness and without judgement.
“You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.” Mary Oliver
Relational PsychotherapyAbout relational psychotherapy, my approach and orientation
Relational psychotherapy promotes collaboration and engagement between therapist and client.
A collaborative therapeutic relationship is founded through the therapists capacity for empathic and non-judgmental awareness together with the clients willingness to enter a process of self inquiry.
This collaboration focuses on the moment-by-moment experience between client and therapist as well as how the past may have shaped our experience of the present.
“The present moment and the past are each parent and child
of one another.”
I view human functioning from a holistic perspective rather than working diagnostically. This means that I am interested in how our physical, emotional and mental health are all inter-related, rather that looking at symptoms in an isolated way.
I draw on a broad mixture of resources to support my work and further my professional development, including poetry, philosophy, eco psychology and bodywork.
I am also interested in how some contemporary psychology echoes teachings from the ancient spiritual traditions. For example, current neuroscience research that looks at how training the mind through mindfulness practice can stimulate and strengthen positive brain states.
My MA research focused on pre and perinatal psychology, which looks at the how our experience in utero and of birth can impact both our psychological and physical health.
Essentially my approach to psychotherapy, is that each piece of work is unique. There is no blueprint.
My aim is that together we find a way to understand how your experiences, both historically and currently shape the way that you are in the world. Through this understanding old constricting patterns can be released, enabling greater freedom and discernment in your emotional life.
In this process we will focus on different levels of awareness. This may include elements such as your narrative story, memories or dreams as well as focusing on your body’s responses.
Building embodied awareness is another key aspect of my approach and is particularly important when working with trauma.
In this way I see a vital aspect of my work as facilitating a persons ability to find both resource and refuge in their body’s wisdom.
“The mind is an embodied and relational process that regulates the flow of energy and information.”
“Embodiment is more than just brain function, but rather the experience of the total situated living system.
Embodiment is lived and living experience.” Donna Orange
Practice DetailsMy consulting rooms and what to expect
My consulting room in Stroud
The cabin is well insulated
and has full length south-facing windows,
so it’s light and warm inside.
What to Expect
if you wish to make an appointment, please leave a message either on my phone or by email. I will reply as soon as I can and we will set up a mutually suitable time to meet for an initial session. In this time you will have a chance to say something about what you are seeking from therapy, to ask me any questions you have and to give us both an opportunity to get a flavour of what it might be like to work together.
Sometimes it may feel like we need more than one initial session before making a commitment to ongoing work. Once we decide to make a commitment to working together, we will draw up an individual agreement, including elements such as the time, frequency and fees of our sessions and whether the work will be open-ended or have a fixed duration.
- I work with individuals from 17 years of age
- Day time and evening appointments are available
- Initial sessions have a set fee of £35
- Sessions are 50 minutes long
- Fees: my standard fee is £45 in Stroud
and £50 in Bristol.
- The Stroud practice is located on Chapel Street, GL5 1DU.
Access is two steps from the street into the cabin and there
is free street parking outside.
- The Bristol practice is located on Cotham Hill, BS6 6JY.
please visit The Practice Rooms for more information on access and parking.
“Personal, political and planetary peace are to be pursued together. One includes and reinforces the others.” Satish Kumar
ContactLocation and contact details
“This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all!… Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.” Rumi