Anna Howells - Registered Member MBACP (Accredited)
Choosing a therapist can be a daunting task whether this is your first time and you are not exactly sure what it is all about or whether you have had counselling in the past and are looking to return.
I offer a friendly, confidential and professional counselling service for adults and young people where you will be supported and encouraged to begin to make sense of how you are feeling during difficult times.
I believe we all have an inborn ability and desire to grow towards fulfilling our true potential and that only we are the experts on our lives. The way I work reflects my own personal values, where I believe we all deserve genuine acceptance and respectful understanding. By providing the right space, time and support, individuals have an opportunity to become more self-aware, leading to greater confidence, improved relationships and empowerment.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Foundation Degree in Therapeutic Counselling awarded by Bath Spa University plus a Certificate in Working with Children and Young People gained through Weston College. I also hold a Certificate in Counselling for Depression achieved at the Metanoia Institute London. I have also gained a Certificate in the Study of the Couple Relationship awarded by Tavistock Relationships London and have attended Part 1 of a four-part EMDR training programme.
As an Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (www.bacp.co.uk), I work within their ethical framework of good practice and have regular supervision for my therapeutic work. I hold a current DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) Certificate.
I am committed to regular Continuous Professional Development.
- Offering Counselling for Depression within the NHS
- Offering brief intervention for Mental Health Issues (CBT) in GP surgeries within the NHS
- As a volunteer Youth Counsellor in Swindon
- As a School Counsellor within schools in both North Somerset and Gloucestershire
- As a volunteer Bereavement Counsellor at a Hospice in North Somerset
- Offering counselling to Carers and Young Carers throughout North Somerset
- Additionally, I have over 18 years’ experience working alongside young people in an academic and caring environment gained through Primary and Secondary Schools plus experience of supporting disaffected young people within a Referral Unit.
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.
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
Introductory counselling session: 30 minutes - Free
Face-to-face counselling session: 50 minutes - £40
In certain circumstances home visits are also offered
Daytime, evening and a limited number of Saturday morning appointments are offered depending of availability.