Bernard Howell Med. Msc. (Counselling)
I am a person-centred counsellor committed to the principle that we all possess an innate tendency, that when accessed, enables us to resolve issues in our own way, adapt to circumstances and situations while becoming more the person we truly are.
To facilitate this process I seek to create a confidential healing environment. This would be characterised by my unconditional acceptance of the client, my constant striving to see the world through their eyes while being fully open regarding my own emerging thoughts and feelings. When we experience these conditions offered by another person or our self I would regard them as the ideal conditions for personal growth, openness to feelings, living fully in the moment and regarding the self as a trustworthy guide going forward.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and the Person Centred Association.
Training, qualifications & experience
My initial training was within education and I qualified from Birmingham University with a master’s degree in education. I held a range of pastoral and academic positions in Catholic schools:
- Senior Teacher/Head of Sixth Form
- Head of Religious Education
- Teacher of Psychology/Theology.
My training in counselling began in 1992 with an initial counselling qualifications at Wolverhampton College. I subsequently gained a post graduate qualification in 1998 (Kinharvie, Glasgow), and master’s degree in counselling and supervision (Glasgow University) in 2002. Alongside my academic training I worked as a volunteer counsellor in a local hospice (10 years) and local prison.
Since 2004 I have worked increasingly as a paid counsellor, primarily with children and young people with a counselling provider and for the past 10 years within a large comprehensive school.
I have continued to work in the voluntary sector too with adult clients in the areas of bereavement, addiction, homelessness and issues associated with migration and asylum.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Behaviour problems
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Relationship problems
- Separation anxiety
- Suicidal thoughts
£60 per session
I am a published author writing articles, in a range of publications, on the themes of:
- Child bereavement
- Pastoral care in schools
- Professional development for counsellors
- Contemplation and meditation in schools
- The place of pilgrimage in personal development.
I have also prepared and led inset training days for teachers in primary and secondary schools on the value of contemplation and meditation in nurturing the spiritual development of students and their well-being.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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