About me

Hello! I’m Sheila Owen

I am a therapist and my goal is to partner with you to enhance the quality of your life. Whether you have emotional pain or need to break free from drug dependency, I'm here for you. 28 years ago I found my calling and devoted my life to the well being of others. I am educated and experienced working directly with my clients to help them achieve their goals of mental health and wellness. I have treated individuals and groups for issues like anxiety, depression, stress, PTSD and addiction.

I used evidence-based methods like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. I am always educating myself and building my skills to help clients achieve positive results. Seeing a person turn around is the most rewarding part of the job.

Everyone is different. I listen and learn what each client needs from counseling. We then set goals together and I consult along the way.

My Experience and History

  • Regular attendee at the Alcohol and Drug Policy Meetings at the State Legislative Building in Hartford
  • Masters of Education and Recreational Therapist Degree from Springfield College, Mass.
  • Clinical Supervisor at the APT Foundation
  • Counsellor at the STAR program at Connecticut Valley Hospital
  • Early training was at the Brattleboro Retreat in Vermont working with adults and adolescents in mental health and addiction treatment
  • First job out of school was with Yale psychiatric Adolescent Partial Hospital program (1993)
  • Master of Social Work completed - specialty degree in working with co-occurring disorders from Southern CT State Univ. (2013)
  • Taught in the Master of Social Work program At Southern (2017-2018)
  • Invited to speak at the New England School of Addiction studies in Worcester, MA on Solutions to the Opioid Epidemic (2019)
  • Spoke twice at the Conn. Chapter of Nation Association of Social Workers on the Solutions to the Opioid Epidemic (2019)
  • Spoke on Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Addictions (2017)
  • Clinical Supervisor at the APT Foundation (2015-2017)
  • Service Award at Griffin Hospital - Employee of the month (2005)
  • Started a private practice (2013)
  • Member of National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
  • Participation in the Addictions Committee of the NASW - Connecticut chapter

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