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About me

Sometimes, for some people and some problems, an accepting listening ear with skilled questioning can sort a problem. At other times what’s needed is the kind of new way that actually shifts how a client reacts to a situation and behaves within it. This is hard work. But you’re not on your own - I’m well prepared to roll up my sleeves and work very hard too in the partnership! My client has all the knowledge about the problem and its complications and I have a tool-bag full of psychology, psychotherapy and coaching applications. The bag also contains a solid lump of common-sense and a generous number of kindness items.

I am able to offer a variety of approaches and techniques to suit both the person and the problem. Starting with the solid foundation of my psychology knowledge and skills, I work hard at listening to my client, and attending to what’s said and how, so I can get into my client's shoes and understand how things are for them. Then we begin the process of getting to know each other and somewhere along the way this ‘process’ develops into a safe therapeutic liaison where the client and I can begin our work.

The work can be transactional analysis, person centred, behavioural, with and without elements of coaching but it is always psycho-dynamically informed, that is, it's based on the premise that we become “…who we are because of our experiences”. Therapy changes the effects of those experiences making us happier and better adjusted.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have had over 3 decades’ experience of the psychological management of people and their emotional and practical problems. I’m an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, registered with the Health Professions Council, a member of the UKRCP and I’m an Associate Fellow and Chartered Psychologist of the British Psychological Society and a Founder Member of its Coaching Group.

My training includes BSc and MSc (both in Psychology) and several diploma level courses in various different psychotherapeutic approaches. I’m a trained coach and mediator. I’ve worked in the NHS, with Social Services, in Health Education, have been a University Lecturer and a University Research Fellow.

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Health and Care Professions Council

The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.

They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.

Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Re-building shattered lives. Building good lives. Assertion. Groupwork.

As well as the therapies listed elsewhere on this website I offer Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)

Therapies offered

  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Couples counselling
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Psychosexual therapy
  • Transactional analysis


Additional information

Payment arrangement are flexible, for instance fees and session intervals are by negotiation. Fees range from £40.00 to £70.00 with the first session being at £40.00.

Sturminster Newton

Type of session

In person
Leah Lowinger C.Psychol., AFBPsS

Leah Lowinger C.Psychol., AFBPsS