I am a licensed clinical social worker in Vermont with 20 years of years of experience. Both in my role as a therapist and in my other professional roles as a social worker, I have made a commitment to improve the lives of those with whom I have worked. As a therapist, I have worked with people facing a variety of life challenges including depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, trauma, and addiction.
The greatest inspiration I find doing this work is that I am always surprised by the latent possibilities that are not clear at first but, with exploration, turn out to be paths towards growth. I am always surprised by what is unexpected that you find on the way. The greatest catalyst to this change is careful, engaged listening.
Although our goal is to work together to resolve the problems that bring you to therapy, I have learned over the years that this only happens fostering a trusting relationship and creating a place that you can feel comfortable opening up for the exploration.
I approach therapy drawing from cognitive-behavioral and humanistic traditions. By using cognitive-behavioral tools, I will help you explore how changing how you thoughts and actions you take can help you to move in the direction that you would like your life to go. A humanistic orientation helps me to focus attention on who you are on an authentic level, what is important and meaningful to you and what strengths you bring to your challenges that will help you to get to where you want to go.
It takes courage to wager on finding your way to a more fulfilling and happier life. You are ready to take that step and I am here to help you on that path.
Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Military and Veterans Issues, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Post-traumatic Stress, Social Anxiety and Phobia
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Existential Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy
VT LICSW 089.0109128
My time working with Michael Owens has been amazing and life changing. He helped me love my job again!
Written on Jun 26, 2022 after therapy with Michael for 1 year and 2 months on issues concerning self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching
Great dude, positive attitude and asks questions that produce answers that lead to real growth.
Written on Feb 18, 2022 after therapy with Michael for 3 months on issues concerning addictions, and relationship issues
Michael is wonderful. He listened to the way I wanted to work together and asks thoughtful and meaningful questions while providing actionable ways to help.
Written on Oct 12, 2021 after therapy with Michael for 1 year on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, sleeping disorders, and coping with life changes
Michael supported and encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone and do the uncomfortable things. he helped me find my confidence and power. he actively listened to everything I had to say and always found the right words to respond with. for a long time he was my only real emotional support vessel, until I’ve recently felt like all of the work we’ve done has brought me to this new feeling of empowerment and confidence to be my own emotional support vessel. thank you Michael for supporting me when I felt like I had none!
Written on Sep 18, 2021 after therapy with Michael for 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd
Michael is very attentive and you can tell he really cares about you and meets you at your comfort level. He dives right into giving you tools that can help you along your journey. Highly recommend.
Written on Jun 23, 2021 after therapy with Michael for 1 month on issues concerning trauma and abuse, and intimacy-related issues
BetterHelp did a great job matching me with Michael. This is my first therapy experience and I could not ask for a better counselor. He always makes me feel comfortable and I have only grown to appreciate him and BetterHelp more with each session. I would recommend him to anyone!
Written on Apr 05, 2021 after therapy with Michael for 4 weeks on issues concerning grief