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ABC Counselling, Play Therapy and Family Solutions C.I.C. has four talented, experienced and highly qualified Directors who are passionate about making a positive difference for the children, young people and families that we work with.

Peter Lowe MBE

Peter Lowe MBE is a HCPC registered and qualified social worker and a PTUK certified play therapist.  Peter received his MBE in 2011 for developing and delivering innovative restorative approaches to heal the harm/trauma caused by crime.  He then went on to join ABC as a Director and become one of only a handful of certified play therapists working across Teesside.  As a qualified FMA mediator, strengthening families and restorative facilitator, Peter has also successfully delivered many family mediations and family group conferences to heal conflict and resolve issues.  Peter is also a sonics music therapist, channelling sound to aid relaxation, focus and mindfulness.

Peter has completed training in Filial Therapy, Theraplay, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy levels 1 and 2.  He is an experienced, highly dedicated and skilled therapist who has a track record of delivering excellent outcomes for children, young people and families in a wide range of settings, including pre and post adoption work.

Peter is experienced in delivering child and family centred psychotherapy approaches, with a proven history of achieving successful outcomes for children, young people who have experienced trauma and/or attachment issues.  In order to tailor therapy packages, Peter uses a range of clinical/creative assessment tools aimed at better understanding the needs of children and young people who need help in forming secure attachments.

Peter is a contributing author to the Sage 2018  2nd Edition Handbook for Counselling Children and Young People, which is widely used as a main university text ,and reference point for best practice.




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Karen Lowe (MA)

Karen Lowe (MA) is a BACP Accredited Counsellor, PTUK Accredited Play Therapist and qualified Clinical Supervisor. She has a particular interest in trauma and attachment and a significant amount of her time is spent working with adopted children and their families and with those children and young people on the looked after system.

Karen has undertaken training in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (both levels 1 & 2), Theraplay, Filial Therapy, Online Therapy and Eye Movement and Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR). Karen is trained to deliver both child and adult EMDR and has undertaken all three levels of adult EMDR training and both levels of child EMDR training.

As well as being an experienced therapist and clinical supervisor, Karen leads on ABC therapy services and has previously worked as Assistant Course Director for Play Therapy United Kingdom (PTUK) on the Post-Graduate Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills. Karen is a Strengthening Families parenting programme facilitator and delivers group work for foster carers and adoptive parents as well as bespoke training packages for school staff, residential care workers and other professionals.


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Susan Jackson

Susan Jackson recently retired from her post as lead Safeguarding and Child Protection Officer based in Redcar & Cleveland. Susan has specialised in Children & Families, particularly as Lead Officer for Safeguarding and until recently, was the senior manager for SEND & Safeguarding for Redcar & Cleveland Local Authority. Susan has significant expertise in vulnerable, exploited, missing and trafficked children, and has chaired the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) sub group. Other responsibilities have included taking lead roles on workforce development, staff supervision, appraisal management, capability and complaints processes. Previously Susan acted as the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) and has delivered safeguarding training to social care students and professionals internally and externally on behalf of Teesside University. Susan is responsible for delivering Reflective Learning Time supervision for school leaders across a range of education establishments in Teesside.


Dr Sue Pattison

Dr Sue Pattison is a counsellor, supervisor and trainer. She was Director of a PhD programme at Newcastle University for many years and is now Lecturer in Psychology at Arden University. Sue teaches and researches counselling internationally, and has a busy counselling and supervision practice. She is a Joint Chair of the BACP Children, Young People and Families Division, founder member of Counselling in Schools Research Consortium and joint editor of the Sage Handbook for Counselling Children and Young People. Sue also runs her own online training courses as SPC Online Training Academy.

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