Highland Creek, North Carolina

M. Leslie Owens, MSW, LCSW Psychotherapist

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M. Leslie Owens, MSW, LCSW Psychotherapist

7318 Ridgefield Drive
Charlotte, NC 28269
(704) 770-7743
M. Leslie Owens, MSW, LCSW Psychotherapist, Psychologists, Health and Beauty, Charlotte, North Carolina

M. Leslie Owens, MSW, LCSW, Psychotherapist is a Charlotte, North Carolina based licensed clinical social worker and long experienced psychotherapist. This compassionate, highly trained clinician has an overall 35+ years as a clinician working with individuals, couples and families in both inpatient and outpatient settings. For the past 27 years Owens has maintained a successful and busy private practice which was originally established in the Palm Beaches of South Florida.

Owens relocated to North Carolina in 2007 and opened her practice here in the beautiful and accessible University Area of North Charlotte. She specializes in Marriage and Couples Counseling, Anger Management Treatment and also provides Individual Psychotherapy for Adults. In past years she has done many public presentations on various mental health topics and currently writes articles on her areas of focus and other mental health and healthy living topics. Some of these articles are available on her website at GreatTherapy100.com where you can sign up for a free subscription by email.

Owens tailors treatment to her client's specific needs. Her work with her clients is based in her respect for their individuality and appreciation for the problems and concerns they bring to treatment. Her expertise is a result of her training, extensive experience and engagement over the years with many individuals. Though a traditionally trained and experienced clinician, Owens, as a Christian, offers a Christian focus for those who request it.

M. Leslie Owens, MSW, LCSW, Psychotherapist provides a private, comfortable office, offers daytime, evening and Saturday appointments and is available for telephone sessions when necessary. Call today - 704-770-7743 - or email - lowens19@carolina.rr.com - to find out more or to schedule an appointment.

Announcements & Events from M. Leslie Owens, MSW, LCSW Psychotherapist
Giving Thanks, 1, Charlotte, North Carolina
Thanksgiving is almost here! In just a few days we will be enjoying the special day. So I decided I would share my thoughts – about Thanksgiving, about giving thanks and gratitude.We...read more
You Can Renew Your Relationship Grown Cold, 1, Charlotte, North Carolina
I often hear couples after years of marriage, lament that they no longer seem to have much in common. In their early days together, they had shared appreciation for movies, music, an...read more
Remembering the Past Can Help Us Move Forward, 1, Charlotte, North Carolina
Our memories are our own private box of treasures that we can take out and sift through any time we choose. For the most part, we can have them alone or in a crowd, start or stop the...read more
Are You Satisfied With "How It Is"?, 1, Charlotte, North Carolina
Being happy and satisfied is a great state of being. However, most of us find that being at peace with the 'now' is not an easy spot to hang out in, in this stressed out world of 'mo...read more
The Difficult Life of a Perfectionist, 1, Charlotte, North Carolina
Perfectionism can consume you. Those of you that struggle with it know what I mean. Not only does it like to dictate what you do and how and when you do it, but it also likes to take...read more
Over the years I have seen clients who are dissatisfied with aspects of their life...their job is no longer satisfying, their relationships have become troubled, their social life ha...read more
Sometimes, as we are on the 'ride' of life it helps for each of us to pay attention to what is the right 'gear' and speed as we move forward. We often find it is so easy to be infl...read more
Many of us feel good when we help someone. It brings out the best in us and gives us a connection with others. It can make us feel purposeful and appreciated. It allows some of u...read more
Have You Found Your Courage? Courage is something that everybody wants - It implies good character and makes us worthy of respect. Kids grow up with inspirational tales of cou...read more
Communication is a vital element in healthy relationships. We all have our own style and our own difficulties in communicating with our partners. Of course it is necessary, in orde...read more
You know the pain of resentment.  It burns inside you.  It steals your peace of mind, robs you of your sleep and can make you single minded about having your say and setti...read more
Many clients come to therapy to heal the aftermath of experiencing infidelity in their relationships. Of course infidelity comes in different forms. When people hear the terms 'infid...read more
We live so much of our life from fear and anxiety...fear of making a mistake, looking foolish, not being enough, letting someone down, being a disappointment, losing something, even ...read more
Just get over it? Yes, I know this doesn't sound like something a therapist would say. But in fact it is my job to help folks find a way to 'get over it'...whatever 'it' may be. A...read more
In relationships we have many good times. They tend to bring us closer and deepen the bonds we share. We see the best in each other at those times and feel our appreciation for what ...read more
I don't know about you but I have had times in my life where I have missed the true essence of an acquaintance, only to later realize they would have been a great friend to have. And...read more
Most of us want to be treated with respect, particularly by those we have personal relationships with...and especially in our primary and intimate relationship. Unfortunately that is...read more
Wikipedia says coping is "expending conscious effort to solve personal and interpersonal problems, and seeking to master, minimize or tolerate stress or conflict". That sounds easy ...read more
We have all had a secret or two at one time or another...and told lies to keep them. We kept them because of what we thought were good reasons: we wanted our privacy, didn't want to ...read more
Let's talk self esteem. A healthy sense of self requires a clear and accurate view of yourself, not an inflated, vain or arrogant picture, or for that matter, not a deflated, self ef...read more
Lots of people worry. Some people worry a lot. Many of them think that that is a normal part of being alive and engaged in life. They don't realize that there is often a connection ...read more
Being happy and satisfied is a great state of being. However, most of us find that being at peace with the 'now' is not an easy spot to hang out in in this stressed out world of 'mor...read more
I often hear couples lament that they no longer seem to have much in common. In their early days together, they had shared appreciation for movies, music, and restaurants. They had m...read more
Resentment is unhealthy for both you and those around you. When you hold a grudge against someone, it’s easy to let that feeling completely overtake you, which ultimately leads to di...read more
If you do not ask the answer will always be "NO".If you do not go after what you want, you will never have it.If you do not step forward, you will always be in the same place.These a...read more
“Laughter is the best medicine” is a phrase that is heard over and over when you’re going through a rough spot in life, but that’s because laughter is truly a great way to lift your ...read more
Many couples have great difficulty having respectful, solution focused conversations about problems in their relationship. Most are pretty good at saying what they think about an iss...read more
Did you know that negative thoughts tend to be self fulfilling? We can talk ourselves into believing we aren't good enough, can't do to right, aren't worthy, are unattractive, failed...read more
Remember the 1993 Bill Murray movie Groundhog Day? Murray's character is sent to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to cover the annual Groundhog Day festivities. Things go wrong and each m...read more
While they may be the direct cause of your anger and frustration during childhood, your siblings are the ones who will ultimately stand by you through thick and thin. Most people beg...read more
"Keep your chin up. No one expects you to save the world. Otherwise you would have been born wearing a cape and tights. Just do the best you can!" While I don't think many of us be...read more
Next Fall, when you see geese heading south for the winter, flying in a "V" formation, consider what science has discovered about why they fly that way. As each bird flaps its wings...read more
The most important thing any of us will ever learn is to love someone. When you give your love to someone, know that you have stepped into their life in a profound way. Love you...read more
As kids we thought we were happy when we got a present, or some candy, or a new puppy, or to stay up late...something! We learned to feel good - happy - in that dynamic of receiving ...read more
Emotional intimacy is the glue that holds a relationship together. It is described as feeling secure, having trust, comfort, support and safety with another. It includes feeling ful...read more
Sometimes, as we are on the 'ride' of life it helps for each of us to pay attention to what is the right 'gear' as we move forward. It is so easy to be influenced by those riding al...read more
Your career is one of the most important things in your life. It’s something to strive to both achieve and maintain, which can occasionally lead to stress. Occasional stress is fairl...read more
A relationship with abuse is a toxic environment. The dynamics of abuser/victim, of manipulation and control, of dominance and submission, as well as enabling codependencynegates the...read more
"Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me". We learned this phrase as a way to stand up to verbal bullies in our childhood. They were 'in our face', throwin...read more
Many couples find that a reoccurring trouble spot in their relationship is based in their difficulty managing how they react toward each other emotionally. These reactions may crea...read more
A strong and healthy relationship is not just about finding the right person and falling in love. A lasting relationship has many elements and requires working together to develop a ...read more
Most of the couples I see for counseling have difficulty with conflict primarily because, as they tell me, it generally doesn't end well. However, as we all know, conflict does arise...read more
Over the years I have seen clients who are dissatisfied with aspects of their life...their job is no longer satisfying, their relationships have become troubled, their social life is...read more
It is a beautiful thing to enter into a marriage with the person you love and long to spend the rest of your life with. Naturally, every couple will face a series of challenges durin...read more
Our memories are our own private box of treasures that we can take out and sift through any time we choose. For the most part, we can have them alone or in a crowd, start or stop the...read more
The new year is a time that many view as an opportunity to start fresh, and thus make resolutions to do certain things differently, ie, to eat healthy, exercise more, get organized, ...read more
Christmas is a special time that, for many of us, is filled with warm connections with the people we love and care about. But it is amazing how difficult it can be to 'see' what is i...read more
As a therapist I see folks in my Charlotte practice who struggle with forgiveness, particularly of themselves. Some feel guilt or shame related to things they have done or not done i...read more
Sleep deprivation is a hot topic in psychology today. While there is still a tenuous understanding of the relationship between sleep and clinical depression, it is widely agreed upon...read more
It is that time of the year when we search for the perfect gift for those we care about. We want our gift to tell them they are special and to make them happy. TV, newspaper and mag...read more
A few days before Thanksgiving my younger son, Miles Michael Owens, passed away unexpectedly. He was 35, husband to Trelle, father of 6 beautiful children, brother to Scott, and a lo...read more
Thanksgiving is almost here! In just a few days we will be enjoying the special day. So I decided I would share my thoughts – about Thanksgiving, about giving thanks and gratitude.We...read more
In my Charlotte University area therapy practice I work with couples who are struggling with concerns about how to manage their relationships with their in-laws. As you would imagine...read more
Seeking out a psychotherapist can feel like a big step for many individuals. Any decision about treating anger, depression, or a damaged relationship is a positive step towards healt...read more
Communication is a vital element in healthy relationships. We all have our own style and our own difficulties in communicating with our partners. Of course it is necessary, in order ...read more
The holidays are upon us! This is the season we get even busier than usual, people to see and places to go, stuff to buy and prepare, lots of fun to have, all added to our regular sc...read more
Laughing is infectious. Hearing a child giggle brings a smile to our face and we may start laughing just listening to the little one's delight. Someone's roaring laughter is equally ...read more
We all have such busy lives! So many responsibilities, obligations and details to take care of. The day flies by and then we start over again. By week's end we are tired and overstre...read more
We all know loss is painful. It doesn't matter what the loss is about, it hurts. We have loss when a pet dies, we move to a new area, a friendship breaks down, a job is lost, or even...read more
Much of the stress we experience as we try to keep our lives on track comes from what we perceive as adversity – difficult circumstances, large and small - that present obstacles to ...read more
Most people live very busy lives, often filled with too much stress and frustration. On an almost daily basis things don't go as expected, plans fall through and scrambling to rearra...read more
Do you sometimes feel that you are on an emotional rollercoaster?Anger, frustration, resentment, irritation, grief, sadness, disappointment, excitement, anticipation, hurt, rejection...read more
Marriage is a beautiful commitment to make to the person you love, but everyone has a different vision of what life with their significant other will look like. This vision is based ...read more
I frequently see clients in my Charlotte University area therapy practice who are devastated because of relationship or social rejection. Many people also seek help for chronic socia...read more
Many people struggle with anxiety and worry that can be debilitating and effect everyday life. They may not realize that worry and tension, feeling overwhelmed, anxiety and panic att...read more
I sometimes see clients in my Charlotte based therapy practice who are in abusive relationships and are struggling to determine what to do...to leave or to stay and how to make sense...read more
Many couples come to my office in the University area in Charlotte for relationship counseling and find they need to address problems in their communication. Frequently there is a la...read more
As we experience difficulties in our lives it is important to remember that we are mind, body, and spirit. In attempting to heal from deep emotional wounds many tend to overlook the...read more
People in relationships often have strong expectations that their partner will be just like they are, having similar thinking, attitudes, values, perceptions and behaviors. But that...read more
Many clients come to therapy after there has been infidelity in their relationship. Of course infidelity comes in different forms. When people hear the terms 'infidelity' or 'affair'...read more
Relationship problems can have a powerful, lingering negative impact on everyday life. Fortunately, no one has to suffer through distant partners, painful events, and residual anger ...read more
Charlotte Therapist Helps Clients Explore Their ValuesMany people seek individual therapy to find answers for themselves. They question why they do some of the things they do or make...read more
As I have worked with individuals in therapy over the years in my Charlotte area practice I have seen many who believe that relationship is about finding someone to complete them, to...read more
We often hear people casually say, "I'm so burned out”. Usually they are referring to having had a bad day or a bad week. But there truly is 'burn out' and it is much more than a bad...read more
Many struggle with anxiety and worry on a daily basis. As a therapist in practice in the Charlotte area I offer help to those clients in a variety of ways depending on each individua...read more
A committment is a pledge or a promise. In a marriage it is also an expression of love and devotion. Working with couples in marriage counseling in my Charlotte therapy practice I ...read more
Abuse is any behavior that is designed to control someone through the use of fear, humiliation, and verbal or physical assaults. Emotional abuse (any abuse that is not physical in na...read more
A philosophy professor stood before his class with several items on the table in front of him. When the class began, he picked up a very large and empty jar and proceeded to fill it ...read more
We live so much of our life from fear...fear of making a mistake, looking foolish, not being enough, letting someone down, being a disappointment, losing something, losing someone. I...read more
It seems that we often learn great lessons in life from experiences and people we dislike, from those who "push our buttons", even from those we just don't like to be around. These e...read more
It takes two people to make a great marriage. It's a partnership. One cannot do it alone. If you were to examine marriages filled with love and respect, I think you would hear both h...read more
Charlotte's marriage, couples, and anger management counselor M. Leslie Owens MSW, LCSW, Psychotherapist knows how important it is that people understand and accept forgiveness in th...read more
We often make jokes and complain about the various characteristics and differences between men and women. In fact, the sexes do have different perspectives about many things, have di...read more
Listening...really listening...to another person is a gift. A gift to your intimate partner, your children, your friends... Listening without a rebuttal playing in your head, no snea...read more
Many of us have a habit of taking ourselves to task on a regular basis. We tell ourselves we should have done it better or different, said it more boldly or eloquently, dressed diffe...read more
Effective psychotherapy brings positive change to people’s lives. Many people struggle with painful emotions and reactive behaviors. Even if you can recognize the potential conseque...read more
Is your anger automatic, like a button gets pushed and you have no control over what you say or do?If you have problems managing your anger you may 'automatically' act out by lecturi...read more
Many would agree that most of us have trouble keeping our priorities straight. We have so many things to keep up with in our lives...family and home life responsibilities, church inv...read more
When I see couples for premarital counseling I find that many couples have never discussed the topics and issues that prepare them for life as a couple and a family. Premarital couns...read more
Many of the couples I see for counseling have forgotten how deeply they felt for one another in the early years of their relationship. Often those couples, unable to work through dif...read more