Abi Howarth MBACP
If you are finding life difficult at the moment, for whatever reason, I hope I can help. My first task as a counsellor is to be there for you; to be someone that you feel you can trust, and to build a safe and dependable relationship.
- I will work hard to understand things from your point of view and to get what it feels like to be you. I will not presume to know in advance how you feel about something.
- I will be honest and open with you, helping you to explore your experiences by responding genuinely, and with compassion.
- I will value you for who you are, with no agenda, expectation or conditions.
With this as a starting point, I hope that you will feel able to express yourself honestly without fear of judgement or reproach, and in the knowledge that you will be truly heard. These seemingly simple steps are often quite rare in our daily lives and yet can offer so much. For example, it may help you to:
- Come to terms with life-changing events,
- Feel happier in yourself and your relationships,
- Make changes that are right for you,
- Feel less anxious in your daily life, or
- Know yourself better and improve your self-confidence.
My areas of counselling experience include anxiety (including health anxiety), bereavement, depression, panic attacks, relationship difficulties, self-confidence, self-esteem and work-related stress, among others.
I have specialist experience in providing bereavement support.
I trained as a Humanist Integrative Counsellor. This means that I believe in the potential within each individual to find their own path (‘Humanist’), and that I have been trained in different approaches to help facilitate this process (‘Integrative’). I believe in the power of the counselling relationship to heal and to enable each of us to thrive.
Training, qualifications & experience
Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling - Iron Mill College, Exeter.
Certificate in Counselling - Iron Mill College, Exeter.
I am a Registered Member of the BACP and work within their ethical framework for the counselling profession. You can check this at any time at www.bacpregister.co.uk
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
I keep my skills up-to-date with regular CPD, such as training courses, conferences, specialist reading and supervision. Please ask if you would like any more information about this.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
If you haven’t had counselling before, you may be feeling unsure about what to expect or how the process works.
I offer a free 30-minute consultation session. This gives you the chance to see whether I am someone you feel you can talk to, and for me to check that I have the right skills and experience to support you. This is also a chance for you to ask any questions you may have about the counselling process.
After this, I charge £40 for an hour's session. Concessionary rates may be available if you are currently experiencing financial difficulty.
In South Molton, I am based at the Rose & Crown Clinic, 6 South Street, South Molton EX36 4AA. However, please contact me direct to arrange an appointment.