Gina Howard. MBACP reg.
We have entered an extraordinary time when my usual way of working has changed due to Covid-19. I am keenly aware of the health and safety of my clients, myself and families.
I am offering distance counselling to all my current and new clients so that I can continue to support and care for those who are in need of professional counselling.
I am also offering low cost counselling during this difficult time. See section on fees.
My preferred mode is Zoom. I am familiar with this video software and will help you through the process to connect with me should you wish to continue or start with distance counselling. I am also offering telephone counselling, WhatsApp and FaceTime as an alternative.
However any form of technology has its challenge and I will do my best to guide you through uncharted territory if you have not had any experience of distance communication.
Your story matters to me and 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 discover new choices and ways to change your experience of life. I offer a free initial 30 minute consultation to allow you to see how we can work together.
The issues that people come to me for are anxiety, panic attacks, depression, stress, relationship issues, family problems, phobia's, addictions, bereavement and loneliness. Often the issues can be about purpose and meaning and a sense of having lost ones way.
My practice is near Horsham and is within easy reach of surrounding areas including Crawley, Billingshurst and Haywards Heath.
How can counselling help you
Counselling is not about giving advice but helping you to find your own answers. It is a space where you can meet yourself afresh; discover new potentials and make the changes you need to help you manage and cope with life.
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 any form or traumatic experience. Counselling is about exploring these life events, making sense of your story and give you space to explore your feelings, thoughts and beliefs about them. And discovering how you have managed and coped, what strengths you have and what changes you want to make for the future.
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 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 30 minutes. 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.
Thereafter, each session of 50 minutes is charged at £40, paid by cash or cheque after each session. There is an option to pay by BACS please ask me for details.
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.
I also offer home visits for those who are unable to attend my counselling room.
My fees are £40 per 50 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 with experience to tailor counselling to your needs.
Where appropriate I also use creative methods such as painting, imaginative visualisation, psychodrama, drawing, chair work, sculpting with stones and other objects and role play that have proved helpful to clients over the years.
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 supervision from a qualified supervisor to ensure my work is ethical, safe and effective.
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;deep listening
- 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
- Emotional Freedom Therapy
- Creative Counselling
- Contact me on 07598475228
Or email me.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Attachment disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Sex addiction
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
Photos & videos
Free initial 30 minute assessment.
The cost per 50 minute session thereafter is £40.
I also offer low cost rates for students, key workers and those on benefits or with financial difficulties during this difficult time, by negotiation.
- I offer concessions for low income groups
- I offer concessions for key workers
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday, Thursday, Friday and most evenings until 8pm
Types of client