Full name: David Allen Owen.
Born: Blackpool 1949
Practising Counselling, Coaching, Psychotherapy,
Hypnotherapy, NLP and the Alexander Technique since 1990.
(Not to be confused with David Owen, the NHS counsellor working in the South Hams - and no relation to Lord David Owen)
In my childhood I was always fascinated by how people behaved and what made us tick. Unfortunately these interests got sidetracked during my education. So prior to my training in the Alexander Technique, NLP and Hypnosis, I had a 20 year career in business, the health service and engineering.
It culminated in working for 8 years as an engineer (equivalent to degree level) with the BBC in Cardiff. This included work on TV outside broadcasts, TV studio electronics and Special Electronic Video Effects (making people disappear etc) for which I received national credits. I also trained in producing and directing TV programmes.
My interest in self development restarted in 1984 when I took the infamous ’est’ training
(a bit like two weekends with the personal development Gestapo) It gave me a whole new sense of possibility, but I seemed unable to put much of it into practice until I started having lessons in the Alexander Technique. This truly revolutionised my life.
At that time I also got involved with the Hunger Project: an educational charity that preceded Live Aid and for two years I was the South Wales regional organiser.
In 1987 I was so impressed with the Alexander Technique, that despite my superb and very well paid job in the BBC, I left and went to train as an Alexander Technique Teacher to share its benefits. It was during this training that I became even more fascinated by Psychology and Psychotherapy and in the course of this I came across NLP and through that, Hypnosis and EFT.
I am passionate about my work. It is one of the world’s greatest privileges to be able to genuinely help people, especially when they achieve such great victories and breakthroughs in their lives.
My training has included
- 3 years training as an Alexander Teacher, Dartington, 1987 to 1990
Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT) qualified
- Transpersonal Psychotherapy: TP. Psychotherapy Centre. Culmstock. 1988 to 1989
- Person Centred Counselling: Exeter College 1990
- NLP Diploma with John Seymour Associates 1990
- Hypnosis and NLP, Harrisonian Institute 1992
- NLP Practitioner and
- NLP Skills for Trainers with John Seymour Associates in 1994
- Hypnotherapy and NLP Diploma with British Hypnosis Research 1995 to 1996
- NLP Master Practitioner with Sensory Systems Training in 1996
I then took courses with Paul McKenna, Michael Breen and Dr Richard Bandler, the creator of NLP as follows
- NLP Licensed Practitioner 1997
- NLP Licensed Master Practitioner 1997
- DHE Licensed Practitioner 1997
- Personal Coaching Course, Michael Breen 1997
- NLP Licensed Trainer 1999
- Personal Enhancement Workshop, Richard Bandler 2000
- DHE Level II 2001
- Learning Hypnosis In Depth, Michael Breen 2001
- Training Design and Facilitation, Michael Breen 2001
- Licensed NLP Business Practitioner Course, Michael Breen 2001
I have since assisted extensively on their courses (15 since 2000) to the point where I am on first name terms with them.
I have also trained as a Licensed ’Phoenix/Courtville System’ Smoking Cessation Specialist, trained in the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and taken over 40 other relevant courses, bringing my total Alexander Technique, Counselling, Psychotherapy, Hypnosis and NLP related training to well over 4600 hours.
One particular advantage of all this training and especially the amount of exposure I have had to Paul and Richard is that I am one of the very few practitioners who has significant proficiency in two vital areas at the core of NLP known as Strategy Elicitation and the Meta Model. So although there are many hypnotherapists, NLP practitioners, even NLP master practitioners around who would claim to be able to use these, in my experience, most actually use a series of potted techniques and very few of them, even NLP master practitioners have much of a grasp of how to work from these core principles. These core principles are essential for anything even slightly out of the ordinary.
This is also one of the things I share in common with the other practitioners in the highly exclusive Just Be Well network at www.justbewell.com headed up by Steve Tromans who works from Harley Street and who was also one of Paul and Richard’s chief assistants for many years. What this means is that if anyone can help you, I almost certainly can.
I have presented many public NLP trainings, including four full NLP Practitioner courses.
I have also done business coaching, NLP training and facilitation in IT recruitment, telephone sales, schools, the health service & the construction industry.
- The Society of Neuro-Linguistic Programming Licensed Trainer and Licensed Master Practitioner
- Licensed 'Phoenix/Courtville System' Smoking Cessation Specialist
- Accredited Member of the National Council for Hypnotherapy
- Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique qualified Alexander Teacher
I have two (I believe) wonderful children and seven marvellous energetic grand children. My daughter runs a community project producing organic food while doing a degree in horticulture and with her husband, a teacher bringing up four children. My son, who is a minister and his wife have three young children and also spent two years studying and learning to fly in Canada.
As well as my continued study in, and enthusiasm for my work:
I love travel, experiencing different cultures, seeing magnificent scenery, exploring ancient ruins, admiring splendid or unusual architecture, savouring exotic foods, swimming in clear warm waters and meeting interesting people.
- The picture shows me at Apollo’s temple at Side (Pronounced See-day) in Turkey for the total eclipse of the sun of the 29th of March 2006; which was spectacular.
I have done sailing, canoeing and like to wander the Tamar and the nearby coast in a small boat.
I am also keen on flying and have done hang-gliding, a bit of gliding, and flying in light aeroplanes. I am now especially interested in gyrocopters.
I like a wide range of music from serious classical, through to Latin and up to date popular, with diversions into ethnic on the way.
I also like to dance, including Salsa, Merengue and especially the Tango.
To contact me or book an appointment
If you have any enquiries or you want to book an appointment,
Then telephone me on 01752 361576 (+44 1752 361 576 from abroad.)
Please, if possible, call during normal working hours or early evening.
Be prepared to leave a message if I cannot answer in person.
How to find me
My Weston Mill Practice & Mailing Address is at
64 Bridwell Road, Plymouth PL5 1AB.
For maps and directions, please go to my Contact & Find Me page.
My Practice is within easy reach of all parts of Plymouth (England UK), Plympton, Plymstock, Devon and Cornwall, including Carradon, Torpoint, Looe, Liskeard, Calstock, Callington, Saltash, Tavistock, South Hams, Ivybridge, South Brent, Buckfastleigh, Ashburton, Totnes, Salcombe and Kingsbridge.
Home visits and some evening and weekend appointments are sometimes available.
My Other Sites
www.excel-yourself.com My Main Counselling Coaching, Psychotherapy, Hypnotherapy and Training site
www.stay-slim-for-good.com Natural easy weightloss without dieting or denying yourself
www.loosen-up.org My Alexander Technique site
David Owen - Telephone 01752 361576