Welcome - Lynsey Lowe Individual Counselling & Couples Therapy Nottingham City Centre
Hello & thanks for visiting my website. I am an experienced counsellor & psychotherapist working in Nottingham. I’ve experience of working in a specialist sexual violence service, for an IAPT service in the NHS, and years of life experience in jobs as varied as law, the NHS & the BBC! I bring all that experience into my work with my clients. I began my therapy career working with individuals but have now added couple’s therapy and clinical Supervision to what I can offer. I have worked with individuals or groups experiencing difficulties for over 13 years. I'm experienced in working with anxiety, depression, trauma & abuse, and relationship problems. Please do contact me, by phone or email, or see below, to find out if I can help with your particular problem or difficulty. I began providing couple's therapy last year and have now completed a COSRT accredited Advanced Certificate in Couple's Relationship Therapy.
I offer therapy in a compassionate, caring and client-focused way. I work with people to help them gain understanding and to find more helpful and considered ways to manage their difficulties. There is no magic wand in therapy – it does take hard work but I will be that compassionate ally as you work through things. I can work with all kinds of difficulties that we as human beings can experience: depression, anxiety, relationship or work difficulties, stress, or just that sense that nothing feels right.
It can feel daunting to find a therapist. Firstly you’ve made the decision to try counselling and then you begin the journey of finding the right counsellor for you. Research indicates that a good relationship with your therapist is the most important aspect of therapy. So it’s important you look for someone you think you can work with and feel comfortable with. I trained in the person-centred approach which means my focus is on the relationship between us and utilising that to help you in whatever way is appropriate.
Reasons for seeking therapy
People consider therapy for all sorts of reasons.
You might be in crisis and feel you've got to "do something".
You may have been aware for a long time that there's something you need to look at.
You may have experienced sexual abuse or have been in a destructive relationship and want to explore the impact.
Perhaps you're depressed, lacking energy or just feeling that life just feels as if there’s something missing, that there's not much pleasure or joy?
Going to therapy is not a sign of failure or weakness! It's actually a very positive thing to do and shows strength.
I work with individuals or couples to explore ways to improve their lives and relationships. I trained in person-centred and humanistic therapy as well as solution focused therapy. I have since studied trauma and abuse as well as working extensively with anger and shame.
I have worked in a local voluntary sector organisation supporting survivors of abuse and within the NHS in Nottingham counselling individuals suffering from anxiety and depression. I am an accredited member of BACP and a trained counselling & psychotherapy clinical supervisor. I previously worked in careers work and have extensive experience in designing and delivering training, CPD and personal development workshops in both careers and psychotherapy. I am fascinated by how trauma impacts the brain and affects our psychological well-being but also by the changes that therapy and mindfulness can bring about.
Specialist Trauma Therapist
I am a specialist in working with trauma & specifically childhood abuse – whether that be of a sexual nature, or physical, emotional abuse or neglect. I have both experience & training in working with trauma and understand the complexity of the impact and the nature of recovery. I can and do work both short and long term but if there is significant trauma then it is likely that the therapy will need to be a minimum of 20 sessions. However, this is something we can discuss when we meet. No-one need attend for any more sessions than they feel is appropriate.
Counselling/Psychotherapy in Nottingham city centre
I provide counselling in Nottingham with an emphasis on supporting you to a greater understanding of yourself and your problems and enabling you to find solutions and ways to cope. As a counsellor I have worked with all kinds of difficulties from work-related stress and anxiety to serious childhood trauma & abuse. My counselling & psychotherapy practice is based in Nottingham city centre - in the Lace Market. My colleague Sally French works in Edwinstowe if that location is more convenient for you. click here to see her details.
Short-term or longer psychotherapy
I have experience of counselling individuals for time limited therapy of 6 or 8 sessions, and of working over longer periods of six months or with some individuals for several years. It all depends on you as an individual and what you are looking to achieve, on what you need to work on and how much you want to invest. I will happily discuss this with you and we can work together to see what is going to help you. I will never tell you how many sessions you should have or that you need to continue if you don't wish to. The decision always rests with you.
Couples Counselling Nottingham
Many relationships can face difficulties and for a variety of reasons. For many years I've worked with one half of a couple when a relationship is struggling, and often thought "if only the other person was here to discuss this together". I now offer couple counselling in Nottingham city centre for those who want to explore together ways to rebuild a relationship that's broken down, to explore what's going wrong in their relationship, or simply to work through a difficult period or specific problem. One of the great benefits of therapy is that the therapist is neutral but offers a safe space to talk. It can feel scary or just plain strange to go and see someone to talk about your relationship! I know that and will aim to make it as easy as possible to work through whatever your difficulties are and I know from experience that most people don't regret it.
I can offer a free telephone call prior to arranging an appointment if that would suit you, where we can discuss what your difficulties are and what you are hoping for from therapy. I am also happy to take email contacts if that feels better for you. We can discuss what your hopes are and what difficulties you are facing. If you've any questions I'll be happy to answer them. If you want to proceed we can then make an initial appointment where we can explore things in more detail. Contact details are either to the right or top of the page depending on whether you're on a phone, laptop or PC.
Helping you move forward
As a counsellor and psychotherapist, the best part of my job is helping people who are unhappy or struggling with something and by working with them helping them to find a way forward. I have experience with...
Supervision in Nottingham
I have more than 6 years experience of providing clinical supervision to qualified and volunteer counsellors, either privately or within organisations. I hold a Certificate in Person-Centred supervision. I work to the BACP Ethical Framework and require all qualified supervisees to be members of BACP, UKCP or equivalent. I enjoy building a supportive supervisory relationship in which the counsellor can reflect upon their practice and develop their skills and experience.
I offer both individual and group supervision. Please see Supervision page for more.
Over the past two or three years I have become interested in Mindfulness as a method or tool for reducing anxiety and stress. I now deliver Mindfulness courses in Nottingham and surrounding areas. They are of 5 to 8 weeks duration depending on the needs of the individual or organisation. Please see more on the Mindfulness page.
Training, CPD, facilitation
I have delivered training and CPD in a variety of organisations and contexts. I can provide training in many different areas and am happy to discuss any suggested topics. Areas of expertise include:
For more on current courses please visit my Inspire CPD website.
I have extensive experience as careers coach and trainer working with individuals and groups.