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MBACP, BA(Hons)

About me

Hello :)

My name is David, and I am a counsellor based in Hampshire.

Finding the right person to share your counselling journey with can be challenging, and it can sometimes be hard to know where to begin. I believe that counselling works when you find a relationship in which you can be listened to without fear of being judged or told how to feel. It’s an important decision and needs to feel right for you.

I work with young people and adults dealing with issues including bereavement, loss, anxiety, stress, abuse and trauma amongst lots of other things that have an impact on their daily lives. I also work as a youth support worker with a group of young people with Autism and other special education needs.

Sometimes we can feel stuck or overwhelmed and sometimes things that happen within our lives, both past and present, have a significant impact on the way that we feel. I believe that talking with someone that you trust, that genuinely cares about how you are feeling, and in confidence, has long been a helpful way of healing and processing what you feel.

I have the use of a small, private room located close to the centre of Chandlers Ford which is easily accessible, ample free parking and access for wheelchairs. In some circumstances I am able to visit you in your own home, if mobility is a problem, or I offer counselling sessions online and by telephone if it's easier for you. I usually work in blocks of six 50-minute sessions, but am always happy to discuss this with you.

It would be wrong for me to make promises about fixing things, or offering all of the answers. Counselling is not about guarantees, solutions or making promises. I believe that counselling is about a genuine relationship in which you can be open and really feel listened to. The right counsellor is a person with which you can openly share what is happening in your life, who will walk alongside you with this and remain by your side every step of the way.

Sometimes sharing is hard, but I believe that within a trusting and genuine environment people have it in themselves to work through and untangle some of the difficulties that life can bring.

Training, qualifications & experience

Counselling and Support Work

  • Eastleigh Youth Counselling Service - part of Young Peoples Wellbeing Service (YPWS). 
  • Life Changes Counselling (adult counselling service)
  • Hedge End Town Council (Friday Night project, Young people with Autism)
  • The Bereavement Counselling Charity

Related Qualifications and Training

  • Level 5 Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Level 4 Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Hampshire County Council – Innovation Training
  • Safeguarding, Effective Communication, Personal Safety, Return from Missing, Participating and Engaging with Children and Young People, Permanent Exclusion Advice and Advocacy

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Autism Ambassador (Accredited from 2017)
  • British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy: Individual member working towards full Accreditation

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Fees

Additional information

My sessions are 50 minutes long – usually booked in blocks of 6 but not always. Payment is needed in advance of each session via bank transfer but other methods of payment may be arranged in certain circumstances.

In certain circumstances where you are unable to travel or leave your own home, I am able to visit you within your own home and surroundings. Please call me to discuss this further as it will depend on individual circumstances.

  • £45 - 1 x 50 minute face to face session, 18 years and older
  • £250 - block booking discount 6 x 50 minute face to face sessions, 18 years and older
  • £35 – 1x 50 minute face to face session, aged 11 to 17 years
  • £190 - block booking discount 6 x 50 minute face to face sessions, aged 11 to 17 years
  • £0 - 1 x 15 minute initial telephone consultation (This is not a counselling session)

24 Hours minimum cancellation notice is required for any appointments, otherwise the full fee is payable

Further information

I am a Person-Centred counsellor which means that all of my work is centred around you, and not what other people think you need. I sincerely feel that listening is one of the most powerful things and can help someone through the challenging things that life can often bring. I also believe that we are all equal in our humanity and that no matter of our background, race, sexuality, age, income or shoe size, we all have the right to be listened to – and not be judged or told what to feel. I believe that in such a place, where you may be open to feel and experience what is close to you, it can help you make sense of what is within and around you.

I am a member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and work under their Ethical framework. This involves working confidentially, and ethically - which helps us work together safely, protecting you, me and the people around us.

David Howse, BACP Member Number: 00927450

Fair Oak, Hampshire, SO50

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a Counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Online platforms

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