Bernard Howell Med. Msc. (Counselling)
I am a person-centred counsellor committed to the principle that we all have an inner tendency that, when accessed, enables us to resolve issues in our own way, adapt to changing circumstances and situations while becoming more aware and accepting of the person we are.
I have practiced as a school counsellor for over ten years in a large comprehensive in the West Midlands providing a service for students and staff. I have also worked in the voluntary sector as a member of a bereavement support team at a hospice for over six years, as a counsellor with a counselling service for children and young people and clients at a refugee and migrant centre.
Should you feel that the experience and background I have means I can support you or someone you care for please ring or e mail and I will contact you to arrange an initial meeting either in person or over the telephone. This would be an opportunity to discuss the appropriateness of what I can offer to meeting your needs.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and the Person Centered Association.
Training, qualifications & experience
My initial training was within education and I qualified from Birmingham University with a master’s degree in education. I have 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.
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. Alongside my academic training I worked as a volunteer bereavement visitor/counsellor at a local hospice (10 years) and completed placements in a local prison.
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
£50 per session.
Fees for telephone counselling are half the one-to-one rate and there
are concessions for children and young people.
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.