Sean Lowden - Psychological Therapist – Reg. MBACP Accred – BA (Hons).
'It's all been figured out, except how to live?' Jean-Paul Sartre.
I find that effective psychological therapy can involve 3 key steps to recovery:
Step 1: releasing EMOTIONS connected to a past or present event or situation.
Step 2: PROCESSING these emotions and reconnecting with our affected sense of self to move forward with our lives.
Step 3: to challenge any residual or adopted negative THINKING formed by our life experience and conditioning.
So what are Counselling and Psychotherapy and which is right for you?
Counselling is best suited to exploring our emotions connected to a situation or event. It can help to alleviate anxiety and low mood related to bereavement, a relationship breakdown, or a traumatic experience. Counselling can also provide a platform to explore and challenge our thoughts, feelings and behaviour that may have become negatively affected by our experiences. Metaphoric tools and realistic strategies can be introduced to assist in challenging negativity and 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 the personality or idea of self and sometimes our lives. This approach usually focuses on exploring our childhood experiences, upbringing, and our relationship history to determine and analyse how experiences of life have formed us as adults today. Healing begins once the underlying issues behind how we present today are identified and processed.
I work across multiple sectors throughout the northeast as a contracted and employed therapist in the Criminal Justice Sector, IAPT Services, GP Surgeries, Mental Health Charities, local Councils and also as a Workplace Mental Health Adviser in the public sector, assessing staff mental wellbeing and signposting therapy and recovery.
I work with adults and couples from multiple cultures and social backgrounds, including non-English speakers, using interpreters.
As part of my career development I am presently studying for a MSc in Occupational and Organisational Psychology.
I offer private clinics in Roker, Sunderland, Newcastle City Centre and in Sacriston, County Durham. Let’s know which geographical area, day and time suits you best and I will accommodate. Saturdays are an option and latest week evening appointment would start 6pm and end 7pm.
Sessions are 1 hour for £50.00, and I generally recommend 6 sessions for low mood and anxiety involving 3 weekly sessions, and then a further 3 sessions fortnightly to allow time for processing and self-formulation. Depression, bereavement and trauma will generally require 12 sessions. I rent professional practice rooms for £12.00 per hour which is included in the £50.00 session charge. No commitment to a set amount of sessions required and payment by cash or bank transfer on day.
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|