Phillip Lowry is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and possesses a Certificate of Advanced Graduate study in Mental Health Counseling. He has been licensed as a Mental Health Counselor since 2000, with experience in the private practice and community mental health settings. His past experience also includes work as a social caseworker for the Department of Children Youth and Families, a Disability Examiner for the State of Rhode Island, a case manager at a community mental health center, and as an outreach and tracking caseworker to at risk adolescents and their families.
Phillip specializes in the areas of depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, couple/ family relationship problems, and Cultural Competency. Sub-categories of these problems include: anger management, trauma, difficulty adjusting to life stressors, and acculturation issues.
Phillip identifies acculturation issues as: a person of a cultural group who may encounter difficulty adapting to the beliefs and value systems of the dominant culture. And, sometimes experiencing direct and/or systemic maltreatment from the dominant culture in which they are living.
Phillip’s approach to therapy is diverse, predominantly using cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness oriented approaches. Phillip holds a 200 hour teacher certification in yoga and incorporates physical practices and breathing exercises into sessions for clients who are interested. Facets of Yoga practice incorporated into treatment may include:
Universal moral principles & ethical disciplines
Personal observances for self-purification
Physical Practice (asana)
Breathing exercises (pranayama)
Message to clients
“I realize you may feel shame or guilt in response to experiencing symptoms of a mental health disorder. You may have stereotypes as to what it means to be diagnosed with a disorder and to undergo treatment. I feel it’s important for you to understand you are more than a diagnosis, and your worth is not defined by your diagnosis. I believe sometimes we are simply suffering in response to a challenge presented by life. We can work together to find the path out of your suffering. “