Dr. Charlotte Howard Consultant Clinical Psychologist BA(Hons) PGDip DClinPsyc
I am a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with more than 12 years NHS clinical experience supporting adolescents and adults, and 10 years experience in teaching at universities including University of Oxford and University College London.
I have experience working with a wide variety of young people and adults using various therapeutic approaches. My areas of special interest and experience include generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), anxiety, depression, relationship & family issues, panic disorder, criminal justice, low self-esteem, bipolar disorder and personality disorders.
On seeing new clients, my overarching aim is to help them to feel at ease, relaxed and welcome. It can sometimes feel overwhelming to talk about the things in your head and there is no one size fits all. I take a client-centred approach which is non-judgemental, approachable and warm.
All therapy starts with a detailed assessment which seeks to generate a deep understanding of what going on for the client. It takes into account not just the things in their head but also the context of their life and wider circumstances. It involves various questions and may sometimes also involve some questionnaires. The purpose of these is to help us to further understand what is going on, so that we can offer the best support possible.
Assessment usually takes between one and two sessions. The first appointment is 80 minutes. At the end of the assessment session(s), having established your needs and goals, we will draw up a formulation (a bit like a jigsaw) of the challenges and discuss whether therapy would be helpful.
We'll then explore options for treatment with you and give you an idea of how long it is likely to last. The plan we create together may include further specialist assessments. We work closely with a team of psychiatrists, specialist nurses and family therapists, and if required will tailor an individual multidisciplinary care plan.
Therapy sessions take place on a regular basis and last for 50 minutes. We will guide the treatment and format of the sessions, asking questions, presenting ideas and psychological knowledge. We will also introduce exploratory exercises, and encourage the client to continue these outside of sessions.
Progress towards the goals of therapy is monitored continually and openly shared. The ultimate aim is for the client to become the expert at understanding and managing your own difficulties, both now and for the future.
Our psychologists adhere to a strict Code of Ethics as outlined by the British Psychological Society. We therefore aim to offer as few sessions as necessary in order for you to reach your treatment goals.
The decision of when and how to end therapy, however, will always be taken jointly with you. We will of course take your funding circumstances into account.
A formal ending session will be arranged, during which you will receive a closing folder containing relevant documents and diagrams from your time in therapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
My qualifications are:
- BA Hons (1st Class) University of Warwick
- PsyDip (Distinction) Oxford Brookes University
- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (D.Clin.Psych) Canterbury Christchurch University
I practise as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist both privately and for Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust. I founded MAC-UK in 2008, a charity which is revolutionising the way mental health services are delivered to young people who offend. I was CEO of MAC-UK until May 2014 and continue to be involved in an Ambassadorial capacity.
I am passionate about mental health and recognise that all of us struggle with life’s challenges in different ways and at different times. I am particularly interested in working with young people and young adults (aged 16-30 years), ensuring that they get the support that they need as they transition into adulthood. This can be a challenging time not only for the young person but also for their parents and family. I support young people within their specific family context; working collaboratively with the young person and supporting parents in helping them navigate through the difficulties.
I believe that everyone should be able to access support for their mental health when they want it and when they need it. I am an advisor to local and national government and take an innovative and flexible approach to my work, shaped to each individual’s specific needs.
I have worked with many different cultures and communities in the UK and with people from a diverse range of socioeconomic backgrounds. I founded a charity, MAC-UK, in 2008 to make mental health accessible to disadvantaged young people. The approach we developed together is now being disseminated across the UK.
I am regularly asked to comment in the media on mental health, and has been appeared on Sky News, Radio 4, BBC News and been featured in the Guardian.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder
- Career counselling
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Youth Justice and Youth Offending
Please contact me directly for fees so that we can talk through your specific needs and design a package of support that is as cost effective as possible for your needs.
I am a registered practitioner with Aviva insurance.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday to Saturday 8am-9pm
Types of client