Psychotherapist and Sunday Times best-selling author Owen O’Kane has over 25 years NHS experience.
Owen O’Kane is the former NHS Clinical Lead for a mental health service in London and author of Sunday Times best-selling book Ten To Zen which is a quick, simple mental workout that allows us to focus on what’s important – our mental wellbeing.
On release, Ten To Zen shot straight in at Number 3 on Amazon’s Bestsellers, being beaten to the top 2 spots by Michelle Obama and Joe Wicks. His book has become celebrity-approved too, with Fearne Cotton, Judge Rinder, Eamonn holmes, Ashley Banjo, Kelly Holmes, Joe Wicks, Saira Khan, Jack Monroe and many more praising the book.
Owen grew up in Northern Ireland during ‘The Troubles’ which was the perfect training ground for understanding the anxious mind due to the conflict and fear that existed in the region.
In part of the UK where gay marriage still isn’t legal, Owen found it hard accepting his own sexuality. Taking himself to Lourdes, a place of pilgrimage to be ‘cured’ of illnesses, Owen was dipped into the springs, held by two muscly French men in swimming trunks. As he was bought out of the water, he looked up at their naked torsos and thought, “Yep, I’m not cured”.
As a former palliative care nurse, Owen heard first-hand the biggest regrets people have on their death beds and as a result, learnt about the stresses and worries we shouldn’t hold onto.
His time in the NHS has seen Owen use a multitude of techniques in helping people with mental health. He has taken the best of these techniques and used them to create Ten to Zen.
Owen is smart, funny, and has all the practical tips we could ever want. We love working with Owen as we help build his profile and spread the Ten to Zen message.