Dr Amy Howarth
I am an experienced, friendly Psychologist (HCPC registered and BPS accredited), specialised in working with children, adolescents and families with emotional, behavioural and mental health difficulties. I also work with adults who are struggling emotionally and who perhaps need some support to make some positive changes in their life.
I am very passionate about my therapeutic work. I understand that coming to see a therapist can often feel like a big and fairly daunting step, and as such I aim to offer a compassionate, non-judgemental space to think together about what is bringing you, or your child to the therapy.
How do I work?
I think that a good starting point is for us to speak over the phone initially so that we can have a brief conversation about therapy and some of the difficulties you or your child might be struggling with. From here, we will meet face to face for a more comprehensive assessment in order for me to develop an understanding of your needs and for us to also get a shared sense of whether I am going to be the right person to help. You will have an active role in deciding this; there will be no pressure to commit if it doesn't feel right for you. Typically, I offer 6 weekly sessions and we review towards the end of this time, with the option to extend if we both feel that this would be appropriate.
I work in an integrative way, which means that I draw on a variety of therapeutic approaches to offer a therapy that addresses your personal difficulties and individual needs. I like the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) model of working, but also tend to incorporate aspects of Mindfulness, Humanistic Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Psychodynamic ways of thinking.
What is CBT?
CBT is recognised as an effective therapeutic approach to challenging and re-framing unhelpful thinking patterns that can negatively impact our functioning and wellbeing.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the process of helping you to learn how to find a sense of calm within yourself to help manage anxiety and stress in particular.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a practitioner doctorate in Psychotherapeutic and Counselling Psychology from the University of Surrey and a BSc in Psychology from Newcastle University.
- HCPC Registered Practitioner Psychologist
- BPS Chartered Counselling Psychologist
I have worked in the NHS for over 5 years, and have specialised in working with young people and their families, as well as adults with emotional difficulties. I currently work part time in the NHS with a specialist service called CAMHS, where I work with children and adolescents with complex emotional, behavioural and mental health difficulties. I offer assessment and therapy, as well as consultations with schools, GPs and social workers in this role.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
I charge £90 for a 50 minute face to face therapy session.
You are of course welcome to email me with any queries, or to contact me for a free telephone consultation.
I am passionate about cooking, art, reading and travel.
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