Paul Lowe (Dip DTC, MBACP)
Let me introduce myself, my name is Paul and I became a counsellor because I have always had an interest in mental health issues; how as humans; we all think, feel and behave and interact with one another. My philosophical foundation is that I believe that everybody has the capacity to think and to decide their own destiny; to develop an awareness, an understanding and an empathy; they have it within themselves to change. I would like to thank you for visiting my counselling page.
I am a qualified counsellor registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), DBS cleared and fully insured.
Based in Stanhope (Weardale), Barnard Castle (Teesdale) and Sacristion (just off the A167). All places of practice offer free parking. Please request address details for Barnard Castle. I offer counselling and psychotherapy to individuals and couples, delivering both intense short term and long term therapy. Either in person or via Skype.
I appreciate that we can all experience difficulties in our lives and I believe that we can all benefit from counselling and therapy in dealing with these challenges.
Are you ready to change your life for the better?
Struggling with unhelpful behaviours or thinking patterns that are holding you back? Anxious, feeling low or like you just cant think straight?
Counselling is a chance to be heard in a confidential, safe, accepting and judgemental free environment. It really does change people's minds!
The darkest times can bring us to the brightest places.
There is hope.
Sometimes the best way to find a counsellor is through recommendations, so below are some comments from recent thank you cards that I have received, used with permission.
* Many thanks for all your help and support over the year.
* Thank you for listening, for caring, for being there.
* Thank you for your endless kindness and patience.
* My heartfelt and sincerest thanks Paul for all your helpful and professional guidance over these past months. This has been undoubtedly a very difficult and challenging time for me. I really don't think that I could have recovered so well or achieved all the progress to date without your help.
* There were days when I didn't feel like talking to anybody but went along to the session anyway and left feeling much better.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training and experience:
Over the last five years I have worked with many clients who I've had the privilege of helping. Working together to remove hurdles to make their future a brighter place. I have extensive experience of counselling and mental health services, including: GP surgeries, Crisis Team, Mind and my own private practice. I have completed training on a BACP accredited course with Newman University.
Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Certificate in Transactional Analysis
Level 1 Counselling
I offer an integrated approach using a person-centred approach and relational model as my theoretical practice and I can utilise a mixture of therapeutic approaches tailored to suit each client. These include:
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
- Psychodynamic / Psychoanalytic therapies
- Gestalt Therapy
- Humanistic therapies
- Creative / Arts therapies
Focusing on a client's thinking on the 'present' rather than the past or future; allowing the client to recognise their thoughts and feelings and to experience the joy of using their senses; sound, touch, scent, taste and vision in their lives.
Walk and Talk therapy:
I also offer a walk and talk in nature therapy; a form of counselling that takes place outside in areas of outstanding natural beauty. Research shows us that exercise and simply being in nature can promote physical, mental and emotional health.
I believe in its value (counselling) because I have seen again and again how people have benefitted from counselling and therapy, developing a therapeutic relationship based on trust, sensitivity, respect and an appreciation of all issues.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Armed Forces
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT)
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Existential therapy
- Gestalt therapy
- Humanistic therapies
- Interpersonal therapy
- Jungian therapy
- Other therapies
- Person-centred therapy
The first session is 60 minutes.
Rates thereafter for subsequent sessions 50 minutes.
Walk and talk in nature therapy 60 minutes £45
Invest in yourself. Invest in your future.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Sacriston times: Mon to Fri 9am - 7pm. Stanhope times: Mon to Sun 9am - 5pm. Barnard Castle times: Mon to Thur 9am - 5pm and Fri 9am - 4.30pm. I work flexible hours to suit your needs.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|