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Owen O’Kane

International best selling author, psychotherapist and outstanding inspirational speaker

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Motivational speaker Owen O’Kane is a psychotherapist and author of the globally acclaimed book, ‘Ten To Zen’.


He has over 25 years experience in the mental health sector and is a former NHS Mental Health Clinical lead.  Owen now runs a successful private practice in London. He once spent three years in a monastery and has worked as a palliative nurse caring for the dying.  Owen is a mental health script advisor for BBC Drama.


Owen’s book, Ten To Zen provides a mapped out plan to help quieten, calm and control the mind. It shot to no.3 on Amazon’s best seller’s list, was a Sunday Times Best seller and was published in 13 countries.  He has been featured on BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 5 Live, Daily Telegraph, The Times, BBC News, ITV News. His latest book Ten Times Happier was published by Harper Collins in 2020


His experiences have provided him with the necessary skills to analyse a wide range of mental, emotional or stress related issues with the utmost efficiency.  Listening to him speak will undoubtedly provide his audience with the tools to a happier, healthier mind.  Therefore, he can help support both leaders and employees through times of crisis.

The benefits of a speech focused on mental health include:

  • Increased productivity – Centre for Mental Health estimate that stress cost businesses at least £35 billion in 2018.
  • Cost savings – Forbes study found 50% sick days linked to stress.
  • Increased creativity and a happier motivated work force.

Owen is in much demand as an inspirational speaker – his speaking style is warm, engaging and informative; he manages to capture the attention of everyone in the room. His talks are highly engaging, and relatable. Owen avoids jargon and academia, instead his presentations draw upon his own experiences, to highlight the importance of prioritising a happy, healthy mind. There is always a long line of people waiting to talk to Owen after one of his talks, eager to gain an even more detailed insight into how a healthy mind can improve your daily life. Clients include Not on the High Street, Endemol Shine, GSK, Universal and BBC.

Owen’s speaking topics include:

  • Managing uncertainty.
  • Coping with change.
  • Bouncing back.
  • Adjusting in times of crisis.
  • Hope in challenging times.

Feedback includes:

“The feedback we have gotten from the team is fantastic and I think it will have long reaching benefits. Owen’s message has really resonated with everyone.” Helen Parker, MD & EVP Universal Pictures.

“He delivers with passion, enthusiasm and energy.” – Linda Hurst, NHS.

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