Dr Amy Howarth
My name is Amy Howarth, and I am a Psychologist (HCPC registered and BPS accredited), specialised in working with children and teenagers who are experiencing challenges in their lives.
I offer evidence-based psychological therapy to young people within the South West London area, and my approach to therapy is warm, compassionate and respectful.
I aim to support the young people I work with to develop a better understanding of their thoughts, feelings and behaviour, to gain helpful strategies to manage tricky situations and internal experiences, and to create positive change in their lives.
I draw on a variety of therapeutic models in my practice, as well as 10 years of clinical experience offering psychological therapy in the NHS and private sectors.
How do I work?
Initial telephone consultation [up to 30mins]
I think that a good starting point is for us to speak over the phone initially so that we can have a conversation about some of the difficulties your child might be struggling with. I can answer any questions you may have, and we can think together about whether I am going to be the right person to help.
Assessment [up to 90 minutes]
The assessment involves us exploring your child's strengths and difficulties in more detail, thinking together about how these difficulties might have developed over time and what might be keeping them going. I also try to get a sense of how the difficulties are understood by other members of the family. The assessment helps us to collaboratively agree a plan for therapy.
Therapy sessions [50 mins]
If your child chooses to work with me, we will decide on a time to meet that fits for both of us. Sessions are usually 50 minutes long and are normally arranged for the same time once a week, where possible. Initially, we will agree on a set number of sessions, usually six, and possibly extend the therapy if needed. We will review sessions regularly to ensure your child feels that they are getting the most out of therapy and you are not tied into any commitment.
My approach to therapy
I work in an integrative way, which means that I draw on a range of psychological models of therapy to tailor my therapeutic approach to address each young person’s individual needs. I have training in a number of therapy models, which include, but are not limited to; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy [CBT], Acceptance and Commitment Therapy [ACT], Compassion Focussed Therapy [CFT], Psychodynamic Therapy and Narrative Therapy.
I work privately in the South West London area and have clinic rooms in Clapham and Wandsworth. At present, in light of COVID, I am happy to offer virtual therapy.
I adhere to the GDPR standards and regulations, and provide detailed information about this in our contract.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a doctorate in Psychotherapeutic and Counselling Psychology from the University of Surrey and a BSc in Psychology from Newcastle University.
I have been offering psychological therapy in the NHS for 10 years, and am specialised in working with young people and their families. For the past few years, I have been working as a Highly Specialist Psychologist within a busy Tier 3 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service [CAMHS] in West London. Here I offered psychological assessments and interventions to teenagers experiencing complex and enduring mental health difficulties. I also offered clinical supervision to other mental health professionals in the team, consultation to schools and Social Workers, and contributed to the overall development of the service. Prior to this role, I have worked in other specialist Tier 2 and Tier 3 CAMHS teams in London, supporting children, adolescents and their families with various emotional and behavioural challenges. I have also had the pleasure of working therapeutically with adults in both my NHS and private work.
- HCPC Registered Practitioner Psychologist
- BPS Chartered Counselling Psychologist
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Initial telephone consultation [up to 30mins]: Free
Assessment meeting [up to 90 mins]: £150
Therapy sessions [50 mins]: £100
I am also registered with some of the main private insurance companies including BUPA, AXA PPP, AVIVA and Vitality.
In my personal life I love to travel and explore new places, I enjoy cooking and eating delicious food, and find pleasure in drawing, painting and reading.