Background and counselling experience
I am an experienced Integrative Counsellor from the U.K and an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I started my counselling journey in 2002 and graduated in 2014 with a BA (hons) in Integrative Counselling. I have over seven years counselling experience and have worked with a range of service user issues including, depression and anxiety disorders (including PTSD), self-harm and suicidal ideation, trauma, attachment and relationship difficulties, domestic violence and abuse, childhood sexual abuse, mood disorders (including bi-polar), addictions, loss and bereavement and cultural adjustment. Having lived and worked in the UK, Cyprus, Turkey and Spain, and having spent sixteen months in Asia, I have a good understanding of the experiences and difficulties faced by expatriates and incorporate both Eastern and Western philosophies into my practice.
What you can expect
I have a relationship and experiential based counselling approach that blends humanistic, cognitive behavioural and psychodynamic theories of human development. My helping approach places clients as the experts in their own lives which I facilitate by providing an accepting, genuine and understanding environment. I encourage clients to identify and explore any thoughts feelings and behaviours and any unhelpful patterns of relating to others that may be contributing to their difficulties. Paying attention to the non-verbal aspects of the clients’ experiences, focussing attention to the present and challenge are other ways of working in my approach. This enables clients to further their understanding and gain insight into the difficulties, identify more choices and more useful ways of relating to others and deal with life more effectively in the present. Often the difficulties clients encounter outside of the counselling manifest in the therapeutic relationship providing opportunities to address and deal with these in new and different ways. I work jointly with clients and regular feedback, honesty and transparency between us helps me to understand which approaches clients find most useful and assists them in achieving the goals they have in counselling.
Other skills and experience
I also have eight years’ experience working with children, young people and families in a Children’s Services setting. In this capacity I have experience of working directly with children and families, assessing the needs and coordinating support, and delivering (U.K/ U.S) evidence-based programmes such as Protective Behaviours, Triple P Parenting, Signs of Safety and Non-Violent Resistance Programmes. I also have experience of supervising individuals and groups, performance management and delivering training.
A bit about me
I have a down to earth, humorous and open-minded approach to life. I live in Ho Chi Minh and enjoy exploring the many wonderful vegetarian restaurants, yoga studios and dance classes this vibrant city has to offer. In my spare time I like to be doing anything in nature, scuba diving and experiencing new and diverse cultures.
“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results”- Albert Einstein
“Be careful what you wish for, you might just receive it” – W.W. Jacobs
“The meaning in life is to find you gift. The purpose of life is to give it away”- Pablo Picasso
Stacey Lowell BA (hons)
MBACP (Accred) Integrative Counsellor