Sean Lowden - Counsellor/Psychotherapist. Reg. MBACP (Accred). BA (Hons).
So what are Counselling and Psychotherapy? And which is best suited for you?
Counselling is useful to explore our emotions connected to a condition, situation or an event. It can help to alleviate anxiety and low mood/depression and also provide a platform to explore and challenge negative thoughts and behaviours developed from our experience of life. Tools and strategies can be introduced to confront external sources of anxiety, and to challenge adopted negative thinking. Counselling can help us to respond, think and behave in a different way - the end goal being to help us to take back control of our lives and move forward.
Psychotherapy focuses more on restructuring our personality and our sense of self. This approach usually involves exploring our childhood experiences, upbringing, and our relationship history to determine and analyse how experiences of life have formed us as adults today. Adopted coping strategies are explored and emotional repair begins once the underlying issues behind how we present today are identified and processed.
I offer both Counselling and Psychotherapy, and very often find that by integrating the two can provide a more comprehensive program of therapy. If relevant to your needs, I use elements from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT). I also use Mindfulness, in the form of guided imagery, breathing and grounding exercises to assist anxiety and body process.
I am experienced in working with complex issues and working with a mental diagnosis and addictions. And work with adults and couples from multiple cultures and social backgrounds, including non-English speakers, using interpreters.
‘Everything has been figured out, except how to live.’ Jean-Paul Sartre.
I work in various sectors across the northeast as a therapist: GP Surgeries and Hospitals, the Criminal Justice Sector, Mental Health Charities, Local Councils and also as a Workplace Mental Health Advisor in the public sector where I assess staff mental health and advise on therapy and recovery.
I can offer clinics in Newcastle City Centre, County Durham (Sacriston) and Sunderland (Roker). Let me know an area, day and time that suits you best and I will endeavour to accommodate.
My hourly rate is £50.00 and £70.00 for couples work.
Feel free to text, call or email me. No charge for initial confidential telephone assessment. I look forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
BA (Hons) Degree in Counselling
Foundation Degree in Counselling
Level 3 Diploma in Counselling
CELTA English Teaching Certificate
Third level Marketing Diploma
NHS Employers Equality and Diversity workshops for Bullying and Harassment Skills and Progressive Muscle Relaxation.
Narrative Therapy Training
Level 2 Safeguarding Adults Policies and Procedures (Gateshead Council)
Trans Awareness Training Be Trans Support and Development North
Mental Health First Aid (Durham Council)
Solution Focused Approach
Outcomes and Management Information
Working Creatively with Children and Young People
Working with Sexualised Behaviour
Meditation and Relaxation Techniques (including Mindfulness)
Counselling Young People on the Autistic Spectrum & their Families
Working with Conflict
Self-discovery through Creative Writing
Personal Safety and Handling Abusive Behaviour
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Sessions last for 1 hour and charged at £50.00 - couples £70.00.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|