Owen O’Kane stands out as a beacon of guidance in the realm of mental health and wellbeing, revered for his profound insights and relatable approach to what could often be considered a complex subject. As a seasoned psychotherapist and best-selling author, he brings a wealth of expertise from his acclaimed book, ‘Ten to Zen’, among other publications. His journey hasn’t been without its challenges, growing up amidst the turmoil of Belfast and facing relentless bullying. These adversities, however, only served to fortify his resolve and shape his empathetic approach to therapy and mental health advocacy. His early career in palliative care further rooted his understanding of human psychology, teaching him the value of each moment and the profound impact of mental resilience and peace in our final days.
Drawing from a rich professional background, including his role as an NHS Mental Health Clinical Lead, Owen doesn’t just theorise about mental health – he humanises it. His keynote speeches resonate because they are grounded in his own experiences, combined with practical, scientifically proven techniques. What sets him apart is his ability to weave fascinating anecdotes from his life with his professional insights, offering not just sympathy, but also structured guidance to his audience. His strategies are not mere conjectures but are forged from over two decades of hands-on experience helping individuals surmount their mental health challenges. This authenticity is likely why he has found success in his transition from a clinical setting to the speaker’s podium, touching lives beyond one-on-one therapy sessions.
Owen’s approach to mental wellness is both holistic and pragmatic, recognising the need for flexible thinking over the oft-touted ‘positive thinking’. His sessions are not just lectures but engaging narratives interspersed with mindfulness, cognitive behavioural therapy, psychotherapy, and more, empowering attendees to cultivate a positive mindset. His extensive work with over 30 global corporates to curb workplace stress and burnout showcases his adaptability to various subjects and challenges. Moreover, his dedication to making mental health accessible is evident through his collaborations with charities like Hospice UK, and The Princess Trust, and his active advocacy for LGBTQ+ rights, reflecting his commitment to inclusivity and support for all societal sectors.
In the media landscape, Owen’s influence is undeniable. His selection by Jake Humphrey to accompany him on stage for the High Performance Podcast Tour in 2023 underscores his esteem in the field. As the resident Sunday night expert on BBC Radio 5Live, he assuages the common ‘Sunday Night Fear’, bringing professional insight to the public’s living room. His forthcoming project with Fearne Cotton for her Happy Place YouTube Channel is yet another testament to his growing media presence. Whether through TV, radio, print, or live conferences, Owen’s ability to demystify complex psychological concepts, while also normalising the human struggle, cements his status as one of the nation’s most trusted mental health experts.
“A highly competent, knowledgeable mental health professional with a substantial range of expertise that sets him apart in his field. He delivers with passion, enthusiasm and energy.”
“Owen ran a series of interactive mental wellbeing sessions for Vodafone staff. The feedback from these sessions was incredible. I still regularly get colleagues talking about them today.”
“Owen spoke to an audience of 1K + people at our business event in Birmingham. His content and engagement were fantastic. His session was by far the standout session of the day, and we wouldn’t hesitate to book him again.”
“The audience’s responses to Owen’s UK wide theatre talks on the High- Performance live shows was incredible. He delivered relevant and insightful content in an engaging way which had the audience both laughing and deep in thought. We hope to work with Owen again on future projects.”