Gina Howard. Dip.Counselling. MBACP reg. Interest in the older client.
Your story matters to me. As a qualified counsellor and a caring human being I want to help you cope with whatever you are facing at the moment. And help you make make new choices to change your experience of life.
Are you experiencing anxiety, depression, stress, relationship issues, phobia's, addictions, bereavement and loneliness? I will do my best to help you. My practice is near Horsham, and is within easy reach of surrounding areas including Crawley, Billingshurst and Haywards Heath.
My particular interest but not exclusively.
Counselling the older person has become of particular interest to me. As an older person myself, having experienced a number of life challenging issues, I found counselling very helpful. Increasing age brings it's own special concerns, challenges and opportunities. Research has shown that anxiety and depression can be overlooked, unrecognised and untreated. My intention is to help alleviate the distressing symptoms of anxiety and depression. It is never too late to seek help. Sometimes it can also mean finding peace of mind and acceptance in the things that can't be changed.
How can counselling help you
Counselling is not about giving advice but helping you to find your own answers. It can be short term addressing issues that are recent that you just need to talk through to discover your options.
It can be longer term counselling, addressing issues that have been around for a many years and have been affecting you, the relationships you have and the way you have lived your life. These issues can arise from family life or growing up experiences such as abuse, neglect, bullying, living with depressed relatives, bereavement, a sense of not being cared for and much more. Counselling is about exploring these life events, making sense of life stories and giving you space to explore your feelings and thoughts about them. And discovering how you have managed and coped, what strengths you have and what changes you want to make in the future.
It is never too late to have counselling no matter how young or old you are. Change is possible.
During counselling I will offer you
- A safe, private and confidential space to talk about your problem.
- My full attention to help you feel heard, understood and not judged.
- An opportunity to explore what is happening for you in relation to others in your life.
- Offer you some helpful exercises for releasing tension and anxiety that are easy to learn.
- The opportunity to discover and deepen the strengths and skills you have.
- Help to develop your sense of self awareness and self reflection.
- Help to improve and increase the choices you have.
Choosing a counsellor can be a difficult and worrying. You may have questions about my efficacy? Will I be able to help you or care about you? Will you get on with me? Will you like me? There are no easy answers. I would suggest that you trust your instincts and feelings and see where it leads. And of course you do not have to continue with me - you have a choice.
I would be pleased to meet you for a free initial consultation of 1/2 an hour. During this time we will discuss your expectations and hopes. Also you will be given more information about counselling and you will have the opportunity to ask questions.
If you wish to continue to the full sesssion time I will ask for payment for half the hourly rate.
Thereafter, each session of 60 minutes is charged at £40, paid by cash or cheque after each session.
I provide a pleasant private room with easy parking and access. I have both evening and day time availability. There is a picture of my counselling room below.
My fees are £40 per 60 minutes.
I offer affordable rates to students and those on benefits or have financial difficulties on negotiation.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified counsellor using aspects of humanistic, psychodynamic, cognitive therapies and other centred therapy adapted to suit your needs.
My course taught both Western and Buddhist Psychology to explore human behaviour and the way forward to a happier, more contented life and acceptance of things that can’t be changed.
My training also included creative methodologies such as painting, imaginative visualisation, psychodrama, drawing, sculpting with stones and other objects and role play that have proved helpful to clients over the years.
I have worked as a counsellor since 2013 gaining considerable experience working in a local counselling agency, a hospice with dying patients and bereaved clients and a charity working with clients with a wide variety of issues.
As a member of the British Association Of Counselling and Psychotherapy I am recognised as a qualified practitioner. I adhere to the ethical framework laid down by the BACP both on a professional and personal level.
I receive fortnightly supervision from a qualified supervisor to ensure my work is ethical, safe and effective.
I am a mindfulness practitioner having completed four 10 day silent retreats learning the art of meditation. Meditation is a twice daily practice for me and the benefits from this I have found useful in daily life and in my professional work.
Self reflection and continued personal and professional development are important to me. I ensure I keep learning by attending training days, workshops, online training events, reading, keeping a learning journal and self reflection.
Continued professional development include
- Sleep Disorders
- Safe Guarding
- Therapeutic Risk Taking
- Disenfranchised Grief
- Family Systems
- The Unspeakable-Death and Dying
- The Wisdom of Not Knowing
- Working with Trauma
- Exploring Felt Sense
- Clean Language
- Dependency in Counselling
- Buddhist Psychology
- CBT and the Suicidal Client
- Focusing (Mindfulness practice using the body)
- The Origin of Trauma
- Self Harm
- Sexual Abuse
- Eating Disorders
Contact me on 07598475228
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Attachment disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Relationship problems
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
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Initial 30 minute are and if you wish to continue the whole session then £20 will be charged.
The cost per 60 minute session thereafter is £40.
I offer reduced rates for students and those on benefits or with financial difficulties.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Some evenings and day time sessions available on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
Types of client