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- Applied Relaxation
- Behavioural Activation (BA)
- CBT with Exposure and Response Prevention (CBT with ERP)
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Family Therapy
- Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
- Mindfulness based CBT
- Motivational Enhancement Therapy
- Motivational Interviewing
- Solution Focused Brief Therapy
- Trauma focused CBT
- Video and telephone consultations
Dr Joe Lowenstein is a highly experienced Clinical Psychologist and Advanced Schema Therapist (Accredited by the ISST) who has over 12 years experience working within and outside of the NHS assessing and treating a range of psychological difficulties.
Joe uses an integrative person centered approach, drawing from a number of evidence based psychological models such as:
• Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
• Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
• Schema Focussed Therapy (SFT)
• Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
• Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
• Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Following on from the assessment, we will then discuss arrangements for ongoing sessions. Therapy is never a ‘quick fix’ and requires collaborative work both in and out of sessions in order to be most effective. Hence regular sessions are important in terms of taking new skills or ideas learnt within sessions, implementing them in ‘real life’ and then reflecting on the success of these.
Once you have agreed to therapy, I will reserve a weekly time slot (45-50 minutes) for you. Normally we would arrange a set of 6-8 treatment sessions and then review progress at the end of these with a view to arranging further sessions if needed or ending therapy. The whole process should be completely transparent and I will always encourage you to feedback any concerns or ask any questions as we proceed.
As therapy involves talking about your concerns, you might experience some difficult feelings as the therapy progresses. It is also possible that you might find some sessions challenging, and indeed painful, as you remember certain events in your life history. It is quite normal to experience these kinds of feelings during the course of therapy as you uncover aspects of yourself and your experience that have perhaps been avoided or forgotten. This is not a sign that therapy is not working and you are encouraged to persevere with the process and discuss these difficult times with me. As therapy progresses you will hopefully feel a greater sense of acceptance and enhanced understanding of yourself.
Areas of interest
• Addictions (alcohol, substances etc)
• Confidence/Self Esteem issues
• Interpersonal/Relationship difficulties
• Sleep Disorders
• Mood Disorders
• Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
• Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
• Childhood Abuse or Trauma
• Chronic pain
• Anger issues
• Personality Disorder
Specialist interests and expertise in the following physical conditions
- Eating disorders
- Neurological disorders
- Pain management
- Psychophysiological disorders
Current NHS consultant posts held
Principal Clinical Psychologist
Violence and Aggression
Lowenstein, J. A. (2006). The psychological and procedural issues in the occurrence of false confessions by vulnerable individuals. Justice of the Peace, 170, 207-211.
Lowenstein, J. A. (2006). A structured portfolio analysing the crime of burglary. The Police Journal, 79(3), 214-229.
“Does the wearing of a uniform by an interviewing officer affect the recall accuracy of children’s eyewitness identification? December 2006, International Centre for Research in Forensic Psychology Research Seminar, University of Portsmouth, UK
Lowenstein, J. A., Blank, H., & Sauer, J. D. (2010) Uniforms affect the accuracy of children’s eyewitness identification. Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling, 7, 59-73.
Lowenstein, J. A., Butler, D. W., & Ashcroft, K. A. (2010) The efficacy of a cognitively orientated carers group in an early intervention in psychosis service – A pilot study. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 17(7), 628-635.
Lowenstein, J. A., & Gurr, B. (2013). Review of a share your story group based within a Stroke rehabilitation unit. Neuro-Disability & Psychotherapy, 1(2), 198–212.
Lowenstein, J. A., & Sutton, K. (2013). An audit of the processes and tools used in different services across the south-west region to diagnose Asperger’s syndrome in adults. Good Autism Practice,14(1), 80-88
Lowenstein, J. A. S., Wright, K., Taylor, A, Moberly, N. J. (2015). An investigation into the effects of different types of exercise on the maintenance of approach motivation levels. Mental Health and Physical Activity, 9, 24-34
Lowenstein J., Purvis C., & Rose K. (2016). A systematic review on the relationship between antisocial, borderline and narcissistic personality disorder diagnostic traits and risk of violence to others in a clinical and forensic sample, Borderline Personality Disorder and Emotion Dysregulation, 3(14).
- Forensic Psychology MSc University of Portsmouth 2006
- DClinPsy University of Exeter 2013
Affiliations / memberships
The British Psychological Society (BPS)
The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
The International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST)
The Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP)
The Faculty of Forensic Clinical Psychology (FFCP)
Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, I will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.