Carol Owens

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  • BA (Joint Honours) Psychology & Sociology (University of Reading, UK)
  • PhD Psychology (University of Reading, UK)
  • MPhil Psychoanalytic Studies (Trinity College Dublin)
  • MSc Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (UCD/St Vincent's Hospital)
  • Certificate in Therapeutic Use of Mindfulness (Irish Mindfulness Institute)

Professional Memberships:

  • Member of Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI)
  • Member of Association for Psychoanalysis & Psychotherapy in Ireland (APPI)
  • Member of Irish Council for Psychotherapy (ICP)


Carol began her studies in Psychology and Sociology following a fascination about interpersonal relationships.  Her doctoral research was concerned with studying couple sexual relationships and how the experience of being in a couple affects the individual.


She started her training in psychotherapy in 1999 in Dublin and has been working as a psychoanalytic therapist with individual adults and adolescents in private practice for the past 17 years.  She has also supervised trainee and student therapists for the past 12 years.  During this time she has lectured on many of the training courses in psychoanalytic psychotherapy in Dublin, presented papers at national and international  conferences and published articles and book chapters.She has recently finished a book on working with children and adolescents and is currently working on another book about ambivalence.


Carol works with a full range of difficulties of experience including: addiction, abuse, anxiety, bereavement, depression, eating related problems, phobias, obsessive ideas, loneliness, sadness, as well as work school, friendship, relationship, sexuality, identity and parenting issues.


“The work a person takes on when they decide to speak to a psychotherapist is always diffiicult, but potentially life-changing; through speaking to a therapist about our innermost thoughts, memories, fears and hopes we gradually come to make sense of our lives and of our world and we can understand ourselves better and make better choices for ourselves.”