Dr Samantha Lowry
I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Psychological Society (BPS). Over the last eleven years, I have worked in many different psychological teams, both within the NHS and in charitable organisations.
Therapy can offer a safe place to think about yourself and your difficulties and explore the way in which these difficulties may be impacting on your life as facilitated by a supportive, authentic and collaborative relationship.
Sometimes people are clear about the nature or origin of their difficulties whilst others are less sure and may instead feel ‘stuck’ or are overwhelmed by difficult feelings or notice familiar but unhelpful patterns in relationships and circumstance.
People can develop coping strategies to manage difficulties and these may work for some time but are then found to be unhelpful or no longer effective. As problems build, thoughts and feelings can feel increasingly worse and can result in a greater impact on quality of life.
Therapy offers a place to explore important feelings and experiences with someone who is trained neither to judge nor advise you, but to think about, acknowledge and make sense of difficult emotions and experiences. My approach is not prescriptive. I will work alongside you in the way that suits you and your needs.
Often people find that significant life events and transitions such as birth, loss, marriage, pregnancy, parenthood and divorce can generate a wealth of difficult feelings and experiences that can feel unexpected and overwhelming. Some of the difficulties that people find bring them into therapy and that I would work with include:
- Feelings of emptiness, sadness or depression
- Feelings of anxiety, panic attacks or problems with concentration
- Low self esteem, lack of self belief or low confidence
- Difficulties in making, sustaining or enjoying satisfying relationships
- Issues arising from conception, pregnancy, birth or parenthood
- Difficulties within the parent-infant relationship such as bonding difficulties, feeding problems and sleep problems
- Long term difficulties following losses such as bereavement, divorce or job loss
- Sleep problems, eating disorders, struggles with physical health difficulties
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Work related issues
- Identity issues
I offer therapy in a number of flexible ways to best meet your needs including: individually, as a couple, as a family or as a parent-infant dyad.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have extensive experience working in NHS mental health services with a wide range of difficulties and presentations.
- 2014 - Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy), Coventry and Warwick Universities.
- 2007 - Psychology BSc (Hons) first class, Coventry University.
- Full member of the Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP), British Psychological Society.
- Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS).
- Chartered Psychologist Status Achieved (CPsychol), British Psychological Society.
- Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC: Accredited Practitioner Psychologist).
Registered / Accredited
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Health and Care Professions Council
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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.