Professional Credentials

I am a fully qualified, professionally-registered psychotherapist, with more than 20 years’ experience of working with adult clients in private practice and the NHS. 

I completed my training at The Minster Centre in London in 2000. 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). The academic and research aspects of the programme are validated by Middlesex University. Since graduating, I have attained additional qualifications in Clinical Supervision and Couples Psychotherapy. 

Peter Lowis MA, UKCP reg.
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Career path

My qualifications to practise are: MA in Integrative Psychotherapy (1998-2000, with Distinction); PG Dip. Psychotherapy (1994-99); Diploma in Integrative Clinical Supervision (2003-2004); Diploma in Relational Couples Therapy (2015-16; 2017-18); BA Psychology (1988).

Whilst training to be a psychotherapist, I held a staff position as a counselling supervisor at ChildLine. After qualifying, initially I worked as a senior practitioner in an inner city counselling agency, before taking up an NHS Psychological Therapies post in the London Borough of Haringey. Based at the Halliwick Psychotherapy Department, I worked for the NHS for seven years, at both primary and secondary care levels, providing time-limited and longer-term therapies to a culturally diverse range of clients presenting with an equally diverse range of psychological experiences.
I consider my tenure in the NHS to have been my second training. Over this period, I also qualified as a clinical supervisor and began working as a trainer and educator in my profession.

In 2010, I moved to the West Country to take up a teaching position with Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling (BCPC), at the same time establishing the foundations of what was to become a successful psychotherapy practice in central Bristol.

In 2015, I began developing a new specialism in couples therapy, embarking on post-qualifying training with the Centre for Relational Couples Therapy (CRCT, now based in Bath). I completed all elements of CRCT's programme  comprising Certificate and Diploma-level training, clinical practice hours and practitioner supervision in 2018. In 2020 I completed a further professional development programme at Tavistock Relationships (formerly the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships) in London.

individual psychotherapy

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

clinical supervision

I obtained my Diploma in Integrative Clinical Supervision from CPPD (UK), London, in 2004. To date, I have provided group and individual supervision to trainee and qualified counsellors, psychotherapists (and also workers in allied professions) for organisations including: City and Hackney MIND; Hackney Social Services Leaving Care Team; Haringey IAPT; Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling (BCPC); Caring in Bristol; and the University of the West of England’s doctoral programme in Counselling Psychology. Supervision meetings are held at my practice in central Bristol or online.

Humanistic-Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling Training

Trainer and Educator

Over the course of the last two decades, I have delivered extensive introductory training to counselling volunteers at: Childine  (1998 to 2001), skills development training to psychotherapy students at The Minster Centre (2004) and advanced training in Humanistic-Integrative Counselling to final-year students at CPPD, where I held the position of Core Tutor 2007 to 2009. I also delivered training on behalf of CPPD International in Derry, Northern Ireland, and in Malta. Currently, I teach on the Humanistic-Integrative Psychotherapy Master’s programme at Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling (BCPC), having previously been involved at all levels of BCPC’s accredited Counselling Diploma training (2009-2017).  I also have experience as a visiting lecturer at the University of the West of England. My specialisms include: Psychotherapy Integration, aspects of Relational Psychoanalysis, Object Relations theory and Integrative Time-Limited Therapy (ITLT).