Genevieve Lowes, Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist
Northumberland Place Therapy
1 Northumberland Place
Tyne And Wear
Azure Therapy Centre
Tyne And Wear
Are you concerned about the emotional or psychological well-being of an infant, child, teenager or young person? Are you looking for help with a child or young person who seems anxious or depressed, is struggling with relationships, or behaving in ways which are becoming increasingly hard to cope with?
I am a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, (full member of the Association of Child Psychotherapists) working in independent practice and NHS CAMHS. I have gained extensive experience in providing a wide range of counselling and psychotherapy services for infants, children, young people and families (including foster-families) depending upon individual needs.
I know how troubling emotional and psychological difficulties can be for children and their families, and how important it is for the right help to be found at the earliest possible stage.
What can I help with?
Child and adolescent psychotherapists are skilled in assessing complex difficulties and providing therapeutic help children and their families.
I can help children with difficulties such as:
anxiety, depression, behaviour problems, developmental issues, eating disorders, self-harming actions, learning difficulties and disabilities, complex personality traits, bereavement, trauma and the consequences of abuse and maltreatment.
Today’s teenagers and young people increasingly struggle with social anxieties, feelings of panic and mood swings which cause immense distress.
What are the worrying signs in very young children?
Parents of very young children can worry when their child becomes withdrawn, or exhibits behaviour which is challenging. Your child may have difficulties with sleeping, eating, crying and sometimes toileting. They may be struggling with learning, with friendships, with bullying, excessive worrying or obsessive behaviours. Children can have fears, nightmares, psychosomatic symptoms and may not be able to explain, or even know, what is really troubling them.
What are the worrying signs in older children?
Teenagers and young people are deeply affected, and severely challenged, by high states of anxiety and depression. Many teenagers experience severe mood swings and feel unable to cope with friendships and educational pressures. This can contribute to social anxiety and panic attacks. They become withdrawn, exhausted and some may develop psychosomatic disorders. Some young people communicate their emotional distress with self-harming behaviours and some have suicidal thoughts which are very worrying to parents and carers.
Today, many ordinary developmental challenges and anxieties are increased manifold through pressures created through social media and online activities. Cyber bullying and risks posed by online activities are increasingly recognised to impact upon psychological well-being.
What about children and young people with Additional Needs?
I welcome enquiries about helping children and young people who struggle additionally because of challenges with Autism, Learning Difficulties and early childhood trauma, including children who become looked-after in care.
Often very young children, or those with additional needs, miss out on specialist help at a time when they really need it, because they can't talk about their worries in the way that older children and adults usually do. Using creative approaches and play has proved effective in helping very young children, and children with additional needs. We work together to enable individual means of communication to develop.
If my child is struggling in education can you help?
Having worked within mainstream education for ten years (as an English and drama teacher) I have a strong interest in the relationship between children’s learning and their emotional experiences. I have a special interest in helping children and young people who struggle with learning and with social relationships.
As a therapist I have worked extensively with educational organisations across developmental stages including: nursery schools; primary schools; mainstream secondary schools; further education colleges and special educational needs provisions. I have a lot of experience and ongoing professional interest in autism.
I aim to help children and young people to understand and better cope with emotional difficulties which prevent their learning and development, and hamper their flourishing in educational environments.
What is it like to see a child psychotherapist?
Every child is unique and relationships are ever changing. When we work together, I will be flexible, responding to the requirements at the time and the age and developmental needs of your child, teenager or you as a young person.
Child Psychotherapy is (most usually) a non-directive form of therapy. The immediate needs of the child or young person are of paramount importance. I aim to provide a safe space where I can help your child, teenager or young person to make sense of their confusions, fears and upsets and turmoil in order to reduce anxiety and distress.
Working within a therapeutic relationship supports children in developing confidence in other relationships in their day-to-day lives. I promote the importance of creativity and play in development and in the recovery of health and well-being.
For a young child, simple creative equipment and toys are provided to enable exploration, expression and shared understanding through play. Often younger children are given a therapy box which is private to them. Children may use a dolls’ house, a sand tray, art materials or musical instruments. Children often share their worries and fears through expressive drawings and enacting stories through play.
Older children and teenagers may prefer to talk, and equally many find talking very difficult. Some enjoy the opportunity to express themselves through other media.
For children and teenagers, I provide a safe space where we can work together with a range of communication modes including: verbal, non-verbal, sensory and symbolic communication. Each individual will have their own natural methods of communication and I will adapt to these. I have a personal and professional interest in mindfulness and meditation, and in the importance of the mind & body relationship.
Do I work with children in foster-care?
I am committed to the provision of specialist mental health services to support the mental health and emotional well-being of children who have suffered extreme adversity and are looked-after in foster-care or residential homes. I offer clinical consultation to professionals who work with children when there are concerns around mental health.
When am I available?
Appointments are currently available:-
Friday by arrangement
Training, qualifications & experience
Training, qualifications & experience
Professional Masters in Child Psych Psych (2013)
University of East London & Tavistock&Portman Clinic London
Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist Professional Qualification (2011)
Tavistock&Portman Clinic/Northern School of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy
Dip Phil in Infant Observation Studies (2007) Northumbria University
Master of Arts Creative Studies (2004) Northumbria University
PGCE:- English and Drama (1998) Durham University
BA (Hons) English and Related Arts (1994) Leeds University
I have worked professionally with children and families for twenty years.
Since 2007, training through NSCAP (Northern School of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy in Leeds) I’ve practiced in NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) as a child and adolescent psychotherapist. I provide counselling and psychotherapy for infants, children and young people, and their families, when there are emotional or psychological difficulties. I am registered with the Association of Child Psychotherapists and work within their professional and ethical guidelines. I have an account with the DBS update service.
I am very experienced in working with other professionals who work in children’s services within health & social care and education. I’ve worked extensively with the complex networks around children in care. I have worked in community outreach: for example nurseries, schools and children’s centres. I have provided CPD for professionals working with children, teaching Infant Observation Skills and Infant Mental Health.
Until 2007, I worked as an English and Drama teacher in secondary education. I enjoyed teaching children of all abilities, particularly those who struggled with special educational needs such as autism, learning difficulties, challenging behaviours. Also highly academic teenagers who were suffering with anxiety and depression, sometimes showing as eating disorders or obsessional behaviours and social anxiety.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Bipolar disorder
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Psychotherapy for infants & nursery age children, older children, teenagers and young people who are looked-after in foster-care or residential settings. Specialist in working with autism and additional needs.
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Costs of Appointments:-
Initial Consultations cost £45/50
Follow up appointments for individual clients cost £40/45
Family or Professional Consultation fees to be agreed
I welcome enquiries about reduced fees
How can you contact me?
Mobile: 07885 475619
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Mondays, Thursdays & Fridays
Types of client