Psychotherapy for Individuals and Couples    central Bristol

Peter Lowis MA, DipPsychotherapy, DipSup, MBACP (Accred), UKCP Reg. Psychotherapist, Clinical Supervisor, Training Facilitator 

How Can Psychotherapy Help?

Psychotherapy can help you with such difficulties as: relationship problems, life transitions, depression, anxiety, poor self-esteem, identity confusion, feelings of powerlessness, and anger. People who undergo therapy may report improvements in the quality of their relationships, increased confidence and a growing ability to take risks and make changes in their lives.

Counselling. There are probably more similarities between counselling and psychotherapy than there are differences. However, counselling tends to focus more on specific and current life issues and is quite often short-term. Psychotherapy is a more open-ended exploration of deep-rooted or recurring problems.

Integrative Psychotherapy aims to bring different therapeutic models, methods and philosophies together in a principled way. My therapeutic approach integrates elements of contemporary psychoanalytic psychotherapy with a Humanistic emphasis on a direct and real relationship. I also incorporate into my practice some principles of Brief Dynamic Psychotherapy and Emotion-Focused Therapy, which clinical outcomes research has shown to be effective across a range of difficulties. 

Couples Therapy. Relationship problems can be complex and sometimes very destructive and limiting, with roots that may be traced to childhood difficulties. Couples therapy seeks to understand the underlying issues and conflicts, resolve difficulties and find an agreed way forward. Outcomes can include: a happier and more secure partner relationship, a better understanding of your own and your partner’s experience and feelings, and improved sexual intimacy. The outcome might also be a more amicable separation than would have been possible without therapy.


Where, How Often, How Much Will It Cost?

Where? My practice is located on Orchard Street, Bristol BS1 5EH, a short walk from College Green and the Harbourside in the city centre.  

How often? Clients in individual therapy generally meet with me once weekly for a 50-minute session. While couples usually derive the most benefit from weekly sessions, too, in practice a more ad hoc arrangement is sometimes called for due to the difficulty of establishing a regular appointment schedule when the 'client' is two people, rather than one. Couples therapy appointments last for 60 minutes.

How much? As a guide, the fee you pay should place a value on your therapy that is meaningful to you, without subjecting you to undue difficulty. My standard fees are £60 for an individual consultation and £85 for a couples consultation. This is what you can expect to pay if you are in substantial employment.

Howevever, there is some scope for negotiation depending on your circumstances. If you are on a limited income, it is sometimes possible to negotiate a lower fee - feel free to enquire about the availability of reduced-fee appointments. If you are a high earner, I may recommend a higher fee, up to a maximum £85 for individuals and £100 for couples.


Professional Membership and Ethics

I am registered as a Psychotherapist with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and abide by the Council's Code of Ethics.




Making An Appointment

If you would like to meet with me to discuss how psychotherapy or counselling might help you, please telephone on 07981 798 165 to arrange an initial appointment. If there is no one available to take your call, you can leave a message on a confidential voicemail and I will get back to you at the earliest opportunity. Alternatively, you may e-mail me at   All calls and e-mails are treated as strictly confidential.

The first appointment is an opportunity for us to meet and decide whether my services could be of help to you and whether you wish to book further sessions. 


Professional Credentials

I am a fully qualified and registered psychotherapist with around 20 years' experience of working with adult clients in both private practice and the NHS.  I completed my professional training at The Minster Centre in London in 1999. The Minster Centre's training is a postgraduate programme (typically 6 years in duration), which is recognised by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). 

Since graduating with a Diploma and Master's degree in Integrative Psychotherapy, I have attained additional professional qualifications in Couples Psychotherapy and Clinical Supervision. My qualifications to practise are as follows: 

  • UKCP-registered Psychotherapist 
  • BACP-accredited Counsellor/Therapist 
  • MA Integrative Psychotherapy (1998-2000)
  • Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy      (1994-99)
  • Diploma in Relational Couples Therapy   (2015-16; 2017-18) 
  • Diploma in Clinical Supervision (2003-2004)
  • Certificate in the Fundamentals of Psychotherapy and Counselling (1992-93) 
  • BA Psychology (1988)