Simon Howarth MBACP Pg. Dip / Chorlton & Bury
07803 257 450
Sometimes life can be harder than you imagine, the everyday can be harder to cope with than you expect. Perhaps you are experiencing feelings of anxiety or depression, difficulties in relationships or family, experiencing stress or perhaps you feel sad without knowing why.
Counselling is a safe, private place for you to explore these feelings, to connect with them and understand them; it is somewhere you won’t be judged, somewhere you will be listened to, heard, supported and encouraged. A place where you can start to find your own way back to yourself.
What you talk about is up to you. There's nothing too big or too small, what is important is that you start counselling because you want to; because it feels right.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified counsellor/psychotherapist working with adults in Chorlton, South Manchester and Prestwich/Bury, North Manchester. I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) actively working toward accreditation, with full professional insurance and attend monthly supervision in line with BACP requirements.
The room I work from in Chorlton is a private & comfortable ground-floor room with toilet facilities. Free parking is available on the main road outside and the majority of roads nearby. The nearest tram stop is about 20 minutes walk away, although there are a number of buses that serve Chorlton with the interchange 10 minutes walk from the room.
The room I work from in Prestwich is a private & comfortable first-floor room with toilet facilities. There is free parking on the road outside and some side roads. It is served by a number of bus services, with a short walk from the nearest stops.
Before training as a counsellor I had around 15 years experience in a variety of roles many of which focused on supporting people, mentoring and training - all of which taught me the importance of trust, honesty and encouragement in one-to-one situations. It is these qualities, along with patience and a genuine caring that I offer as a counsellor. As a person, I am friendly, approachable, resilient and optimistic.
My background and approach is in Rogerian Person-Centred therapy (the work and theory of Carl Rogers), which means I offer a genuine, empathic and accepting therapeutic relationship, unfolding at a pace that you are comfortable with; encouraging you to find out what is best for you and how to make positive changes.
I work with the belief that people have considerable potential for understanding themselves and directing their own change and healing - provided that they experience a therapeutic relationship that is empathic, supportive, encouraging and non-judgmental. It is that therapeutic relationship that I offer. In a way, it is like walking the same road together, with me offering support whilst we share that part of your journey.
I have supported people through a variety of experiences, including depression, anxiety, suicidal feelings, loss, trauma, physical, emotional and sexual abuse, low self-esteem, relationship and sexuality issues and addiction in addition to working in suicide prevention for a number of years.
Qualifications & Training:
ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) Trainer.
PG. Dip. Counselling & Psychotherapy (Professional Training), University of Salford.
Counsellor with Path Therapy, Manchester.
NCFE Counselling Skills Certificate.
Seven years experience of telephone support for people experiencing suicidal feelings, distress and despair.
Fully registered, professional member of the BACP actively working toward accreditation. Registration no: 093173
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Domestic violence
- Gender dysphoria
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
I offer one-to-one, face-to-face counselling for adults in Chorlton, South Manchester and Prestwich, North Manchester. Sessions last one hour in total. If you have questions or concerns about starting counselling or what it might involve, you can contact me by email or telephone and I will do my best to help with those. This is also an opportunity to talk about what brings you to counselling, what you hope to get from it, or expect it to be.
Sessions for individuals are £50 for one hour or £60 for couples with concessionary rates available for people between work, low-earners or full-time students. I do try to be as flexible as possible around my concessionary rates so please contact me to discuss this if you'd like to.
I am looking in introduce online/Skype counselling later this year. Please let me know when you contact me whether you are interest in face-to-face sessions or online sessions.
Please contact me either by the email link or by phone. I work during the day and may not always be able to answer my phone so please leave a message with your name and number and I will always call you back. Please let me know if it is okay to leave a message for you when I call you back if you're unavailable.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
As of 23/07/16 I have some availability Saturday mornings in Chorlton. For appointments in Bury/Prestwich please contact me. I update my availability as it changes.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|