Joan Howlett

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MBACP (Snr Accred) Counsellor & Supervisor
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Southminster, Essex, CM0
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About me

My son, Paul Howlett, offers free counselling as a trainee Human Givens Practitioner in-person at my practice. He is able to offer counselling for mild to moderate presentations of common mental health conditions, such as anxiety, depression, anger, phobia and  bereavement. Please contact Paul for further details via his email

Thank you for taking the first step to see if counselling is for you. I am a positive believer that if you are unhappy in your life that change is possible. As a Senior BACP Accredited Counsellor and Supervisor I know that seeking help can be extremely difficult. I have a vast amount of experience in both the NHS and the private sector dealing with all types of difficulties. I am an Integrative Counsellor which means that I use various approaches such as  Mindfulness, Psychodynamic, CBT and Person-centred therapy based on individual client needs to ensure the most effective outcomes are achieved. Within my practice I offer both open- ended counselling and short term counselling for both adults, families and children over the age of 8.

My work with Barnardo's (Link) has enabled me to work effectively with adoption issues. 

I have undertaken further training in Couple Counselling 2021 to ensure my practice is enhanced and relevant.  Having undertaken further training in working online I feel this enables my practice to be more assessable to individuals and couples.

My practice is based on recommendations from people who have had a positive experience of counselling they have received from me.

Within the practice my specialties are in the following :-

Cancer and life threatening illnesses, Bereavement, Grief Recovery, Stress, Adoption, Anxiety and Depression, Couple Counselling and Family Therapy.
I undertake work with health professionals:- GPs, Nurses, Mental Health Workers, Social Workers and other allied health professionals for  counselling or supervision.

I am also available for onsite visits for critical incidents which can be a half or full day depending on requirements.

I undertake E.A.P work for Health Assured, Vita, Aviva & I am BUPA recognised

I specialise in individual and couple counselling via Teams

Training, qualifications & experience

My Qualifications

B.A.C.P Senior Accredited Counsellor

B.A.C.P Accredited Supervisor

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Diploma 2023

Further Couple Counselling Training London 2021

Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling August 2020 (80 hours)

Critical Incident Counsellor

Rewind Technique: Effective treatment for trauma (PTSD) and phobias

Grief Recovery Specialist 2015

Diploma Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) 2013

Mindfulness training for people who have had a stroke 2010

Diploma in Individual and Group Supervision 2010

Family Attachment Focused Counsellor 2009

Addiction training for Counsellors 2008

Adoption Training Course (Link) for Counsellors 2007

Registered Counsellor with Essex County (adoption)

Diploma Integrative Counselling, 2006

Diploma Psychodynamic Counselling Skills, 2004

Certificate Person-centred Counselling, 2002

PG Cert Ed, 2000

Diploma in Palliative Care 1998

BSc (Hons) Community Studies 1997

RGN, 1981

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Bereavement  specialist

Grief Recovery Specialist


Family Therapist

Child/Young person therapist (8-18)

Experience of counselling people from different cultures

Telephone counselling for UK residents and International clients (when booking an appointment please use GMT).

Skype/Zoom counselling


Photos & videos


£60.00 per session

Health Insurance/EAP

  • BUPA
  • Health Assured
  • Aviva
  • Axa Health

Additional information

Counselling fees:-£60 for individuals, £80 for couples & families depending on time required. Please note that couples and families require longer session which is reflected in the price.

Critical Incident Cousellor rates are based on half or full day.

Supervision fees £65 per hour or £95 for 1.5 hours

Telephone/Online Counselling available for UK and International residents.  
Cost are £60 per session.

My son, Paul Howlett, offers free counselling as a trainee Human Givens Practitioner in-person at my practice. He is able to offer counselling for mild to moderate presentations of common mental health conditions, such as anxiety, depression, anger, phobia, etc. Please contact Paul for further details via his email

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Further information


Some weekend and evening counselling available

Direct referrals taken from G.Ps and other healthcare professionals

St Lawrence, Southminster, Essex, CM0

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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Whilst my counselling room is on one level, access to this is via a heavy shingled drive and side access.

Online platforms

Microsoft Teams


In person

I am a B.

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Joan Howlett
Joan Howlett