Sheila Owen LCSW, LADC

Sheila Owen LCSW, LADC is excited to join SMPsychotherapy and brings with her decades of experience. She believes the most important aspect of counseling is the relationship between the client and the therapist. Sheila will build the relationship and gradually earn your trust. Talking about the challenges in your life is not easy. 

Sheila is respectful of your needs and will not push you past your limits. Counseling is a very personal process and when you are ready, Sheila helps you address your issues and possible barriers preventing you from reaching your goals. Treatment is a collaborative process. In other words, Sheila works with you and cannot force you. Warmth, acceptance and gentle feedback are Sheila’s approaches. 

Sheila has a Masters Degree in Education and a Master of Social Work. She practices with two licenses: Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Her past places of employment include the Yale Adolescent Partial Hospital Program, Griffin Hospital and Connecticut Valley Hospital. She used Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing all of which are evidenced based practices. This means that the intervention has been researched and proven to be effective. 

Her Masters Thesis in Social Work was on Seeking Safety, a manual focused on addressing people with addiction, mental health and trauma issues. Sheila has also achieved the following milestones: 

  • Previous Adjunct Professor at SCSU in New Haven in Social Work Program
  • Addiction Specialist with specific training in co-occurring disorders
  • Various conference presentations for the National Association of Social Workers and the New England School of Addiction Studies
  • Clinical Supervisor at the APT Foundation 2016 – 2017
  • Employee of the month at Griffin Hospital 2005


If you would like to schedule your personalized evaluation, please give us a call 203.800.9778 or send us a message here!