Hi! My name is Owen and I’ve been the pastor of Carmel Church in the Rhondda Valley in South Wales since 2002. I have also been a psychotherapist since 2009. My aim is to help people discover for themselves a faith that promotes personal growth.
I’m reluctant to add an identifying tag to my theology – such as Reformed or Evangelical – as these words mean different things to different people. I also think that faith is such an integral part of the constitution of any human that to apply a label to a persons’s belief system would be to reduce them to something less than the image of God. So let me just say that I recognise the risen Jesus as Lord.
As a psychotherapist I have trained in Transactional Analysis and Integrative Psychotherapy, but I also have more than a passing interest in Existential Psychotherapy. All of which informs my understanding of what it means to be a human being, which in turn interacts with my understanding of Scripture.
I write a regular column in a psychotherapy magazine about the interaction between philosophy and psychotherapy, but this blog is a chance for me to make theology the central focus of my writing.