How Dr Michele Owens Saved My Life
I love this lady...she is wisdom...she helped me find the answers...She's my Dr. O...the doctor part is really important to me...
There's something really great about a group of doctors willing to work in tandem with your GP and tackle the problem from all angles going back into you medical history and locating triggers as well as consistent talk therapy and someone who knows how to help a black woman navigate through the sometimes intimidating world of mental health...she dymystifies and works with a team of counsellors, psychicatrists and can look at the whole you....
She remembers behaviors and stories from 20 years ago...and grounds me in not just moving past depression, but living...and learning new coping mechanisms that have been handed down to me..
She is supportive, loving and has incredible boundaries....often with black women counselors, therapists, this projection thing happens cuz everyone is looking for a mother...but that's not what you need in a doctor...I work with a counselor who asked me to talk to her ike she was my mother and another to tell me that what I needed was to rely on my church home and my sorors to get me through...when i told her i didn't believe in church, she could no longer help me or stop judging me....
Dr. Owens taught me the power of boundaries and the present moment...that I am not what I was, but what I've chosen to become...she has been there every step of my transformation encouraging, strategizing...re-working strategies to get at a life lesson...
She is in the business of my healthy growth and she treats it that way...she is gentle, progressive, open minded and willing to take you where you need to go, not just what's comfortable for you or her...
I am ever-grateful for her...she helped me, change, become and transform into the me I wanted to become...and always putting the power in my hands...
She is a badass....
I love her with all my heart...although i'm not allowed say that cuz she's my doctor.....howlin....
Now don't all yall call her at once.....
she is going to give me that look when i tell her i posted about her on FB.....howlin
Michele L. Owens, Ph. D.Clinical Psychologist Coach/Consultant
Dr. Michele L. Owens is an acclaimed psychologist and educator known for her ability to support while challenging, inspire while facilitating and to identify opportunities to enhance growth and new perspectives. Passionate about healthy relationship development for women, couples and adolescents in low income and minority communities, she designs and conducts workshops on diversity, multiculturalism, and relationship enhancement where she facilitates challenging and impactful conversations : her mission – to release the stigma associated with mental health concerns and treatment in these communities. If you ask her what it’s all about she’s likely to tell you that what matters most is “who you love and who loves you back.”
Dr. Owens has a unique perspective on the ways in which culture and tradition can support and strengthen mental health and wellness. She is focused on issues of social justice, inclusion and attempting to “right some wrongs and help to create balance.” Combining her love of the arts and desire to help strengthen communities, she offers her clinical skills in unique, culturally relevant settings. These have included book discussions, poetry readings, photo exhibits, cooking classes and film showings. In these environments, participants can relax and experience connection, conversation, music and laughter, while fostering a greater understanding and enactment of healthy and meaningful interaction as underpinnings of overall well being.
Education and ExperienceDr. Owens earned her undergraduate degree in Sociology and Psychology at Case Western Reserve University. She is a graduate of The Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, where she earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. She also studied at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. Dr. Owens has lent her clinical expertise to several major colleges and institutions, including Columbia University, City College, Hofstra University and the Einstein College of Medicine.
Appearances and Current PathAppearing on several media outlets, with printed features in Essence and Jet, her writings can also be found in the award winning book, “Psychotherapy with African American Women” and in “The Psychology of Black Boys and Adolescents.” Today, she continues her private practice in NYC and is the Senior Psychologist at Prep for Prep, a premier NYC academic and leadership development organization for underserved adolescents.
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