Caroline Owens

Consultant Psychotherapist with Children, Adolescents, Families, Parents and Adults

Caroline Owens

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0330 050 1620

The search for meaning and understanding of who and how we are in the world and how our lives are impacted by adversity, trauma and loss, has accompanied me from childhood and grown into a lifelong pursuit.

In recent years, our lives have been powerfully impacted by rapid and exponential growth in technology and social media. Inevitably we are subject to the pressures of a fast changing world where, social and economic demands have a profound impact on how we live: our relationships and our family, spiritual and professional lives. For many, the pace and rate of change and the demands of new ways of living and working has caused crisis in family and working life and has contributed to considerable stress and personal suffering.

My work and my own life experience have increasingly provoked questions about the link between the mind and body and how feelings, personal challenges and significant life events are processed through a ‘mindbody’ where emotionality and physicality are entwined. We are all subject to psychic pain and emotional suffering. Many of us will find a strength and resilience through the strain and stress yet at other times we may feel defeated and some will feel unable to see a way through without the help of a therapist. I am privileged to work in a profession where personal suffering can be transformed and where resilience can shine through in the face of adversity.

I have worked as a therapist, consultant, supervisor and trainer for over 30 years in the field of mental health in both the NHS and voluntary sector, and more recently in private practice. Having qualified as a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist (CAPT), I was a founding member of the Northern School of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy (NSCAP) where I was appointed as a Clinical Director. I trained at Manchester University School of Medicine and at The Tavistock Clinic in London.

I have recently resigned from my academic post at NSCAP where I had worked for over 15 years as a founder and senior lecturer/tutor on the Doctoral training in CAPT. I have presented my published papers at various professional conferences and have also spoken at non-academic conferences on aspects of mothering, parenting, emotional growth and wellbeing, and autobiography.

My training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy is the foundation of my clinical practice; nevertheless, I adapt a range of therapeutic modalities and techniques when required. Experience has taught me that given the complexity of the human psyche and the vast differences in individual personalities, often an integrated approach is indicated and I am therefore able to provide a bespoke therapeutic treatment for the client.

Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy (CAPT) is recognised by the government as a core NHS profession and is recommended in NICE guidance on depression in Children and young people. Research shows that CAPT is effective in treating a wide range of difficulties including;

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Behaviour problems
  • Eating disorders
  • Learning difficulties and disabilities
  • Developmental issues
  • Personality disorders
  • Trauma and the consequences of abuse and maltreatment.

I am a member of the Association of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy - ACP and I am UKCP Registered.

Therapies offered

I offer assessments and short, medium or long term work depending on clients’ needs. This work may be either intensive, up to three times a weekly therapy, or less intensive, weekly or fortnightly therapy.

Specialist areas

My work with children, Young people and families also includes;

  • Parent/infant relationships
  • Parent/child relationships
  • Family relationships
  • School refusal
  • Adolescent breakdown
  • Adolescent turmoil
  • Gender dysphoria
  • Sexual identity
  • OCD
  • Attachment and attention difficulties
  • Hysterical conversion
  • Emotional problems linked to physical disability
  • Confidence and self esteem

Work with Adults includes;

  • Confidence and self-esteem at work
  • Family relationships
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Loss
  • Trauma
  • Long standing relationship problems
  • Sexual identity
  • Emotional difficulties


  • BA(Hons) (Social Policy and Admin)
  • CQSW (Certificate of Qualification in Social Work)
  • Dip PSW (Diploma in Psychiatric Social Work)
  • M Psych, Psych (Masters in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy)