Hello! I’m Sheila Owen
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