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Elsie Owen


Having always had an interest in people & a real curiosity about why we do what we do, Elsie was drawn to study psychology at A-Level. The theories that this exposed her to, prompted some deep self-reflection.

This in turn encouraged Elsie to access counselling for herself to combat symptoms of anxiety. Despite this specific initial focus, Elsie found that therapy could offer her so much more & to her surprise, it evolved into a process of immense self discovery, acceptance & change.

Elsie was overwhelmed by the benefits of this process & found that it had such a huge impact on her quality of life that she wanted to share it with others by training to be a psychotherapist herself.

After her A-Levels, Elsie attended the University of Brighton to study education. She had wanted to study psychology but felt the courses on offer were too research & science based & therefore would not fit with her more humanistic & experiential way of working.

Not long into her first year, Elsie began to feel discontented & realised that a career in education was not the right path for her. After much thought, she made the difficult decision, with the support of her therapist, to leave university.

Elsie threw herself into work. She spent time as a graphic design intern & a marketing assistant before finding her way back to her original passion, when she completed a short counselling course at The Minster Centre in London. This course ignited her interest once again & reaffirmed her wish to become a therapist.

In September 2016, Elsie commenced her training by enrolling on the diploma in psychotherapeutic counselling course at the Northern Guild. She began working with clients as soon as was possible & has now been in practice for two years.

Elsie has worked as a counsellor at the Toby Henderson Trust, where she has specialised in supporting parents whose children have been, or are in the process of being, diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Here she has been able to offer open ended, depth therapy & has successfully helped clients who were experiencing  a wide range of issues such as anxiety, depression, stress, grief, loss, relationship issues & trauma.

Elsie has gained further experience in a general mental health charity, where she has offered brief psychotherapy to people who have been referred by the NHS.

Alongside her counselling experience, Elsie is part of a coaching company that works with parents to support them through the challenges of bringing up children. Here she is involved in all levels of the company from marketing & communications, to client contact & mentoring.

Elsie qualified as a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor in May 2019.

She is concurrently completing the Diploma in Psychotherapy, which she is due to finish in May 2020, when she will become a qualified Psychotherapist.

More about Elsie

Elsie is a qualified psychotherapeutic counsellor, trained at the Northern Guild for psychotherapy, which is one of the leading training institutes in the region.

She is a relational therapist who will tune in to you & your story to determine what it is you need from therapy in order to achieve your goals.

Elsie’s core training is in Transactional Analysis & this forms the theoretical framework for the therapy that she offers. Elsie integrates this theory with ideas & tools from the person-centred, creative & attachment based approaches.

Although she is relatively new to the work, she is a highly skilled counsellor who has a depth of understanding & a natural ability far beyond her training level.

Elsie favours longer term therapy & most of her experience has been in working with people over a number of months or years to really understand the root of their problems, so as to create lasting, positive transformation.

She enjoys allowing for the process to develop naturally & in a way that reflects the individual. With Elsie you will be allowed the freedom to truly follow your own process; discovering your authentic self & implementing the changes that you seek at your own pace & in your own way, which really is the key to true, long lasting healing.

Elsie says…

“Meeting a therapist for the first time can be daunting & I will do all I can to help you to feel comfortable when we meet. It’s really important to me that you feel safe & in control throughout the entire counselling process.

Initially, we will take some time to get to know one another to identify what approach is right for you. Think of my role as being to support you, as we both start learning more about you, your story & the challenges you are facing.

From here, we will continue to work together to explore the roots of your difficulties.

I will highlight the patterns of behaviour that I notice, feelings I sense you might be experiencing & anything that I feel may have relevance in helping you to overcome the problems at hand & to find your best way forward”

Elsie & the rest of the team look forward to welcoming you to The Clearing.

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The key to successful therapy is a good relationship between you & your counsellor. If Elsie sounds like the right therapist for you, you can book in your half price, initial consultation with her today.

We offer appointments Monday to Friday between 7am & 9pm & on Saturdays between 9am & 8pm. Arranging your first session with us is quick & easy.

Click on the Book Now button to view the sessions we have available across the next week. Search for a convenient appointment with the therapist of your choice & book in within minutes. You’ll then be sent a confirmation email with all of the information that you’ll need.

We look forward to seeing you soon.