Making a decision to begin counselling is a personal process and it's hard to know who to choose. For this reason I offer an initial consultation so that you can find out if my experience and way of counselling will suit you. You can also call me to discuss any questions you may have and or look me up on my web site www.jhowiecounselling.co.uk
I have over 25 years of experience of helping people grow and develop and I'm easy to talk to, with a non-judgemental approach. I'm a friendly,compassionate counsellor who has experience in dealing with a range of issues from abuse, anxiety, addictions, to bereavement, depression and work and personal stress. Most people experience difficulties in life or will be involved in challenging relationships both personally or professionally. However, when situations become overwhelming or all consuming and affects your personal happiness then talking to a counsellor can help.I am also experienced Mindfulness trainer and can use this approach to help you find ways to deal with anxiety, depression and insomnia.
Sometimes trying to deal with it on your own can make things harder as we can fall into unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaving trapping us in cycles which are not beneficial. Counselling allows you to explore things in a safe place where you can be yourself without fear of being judged. It can help you feel less alone and more able to sort out your thoughts productively to help you feel more in control of your life and bring meaningful change.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked across a range of care settings, initially in social work with children and families, mental health and addictions. I then taught in Higher Education for many years and recently I have provided individual counselling for GP practices and mindfulness training for voluntary and statutory groups.
I'm a registered member of BACP, the SSSC, and I have an up to date PVG.
BA Social Science and CQSW (1986) Paisley University
Practice Teaching Award (1993) Bershire University
PG cert Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (2006) Paisley University
NHC dip Yoga (2009) Natural Health Care College Devon
PG cert in Leadership Practice Learning (2011) Caledonian University
Cert in Mindfulness Teacher Training ( 2014) NHS Ayrshire & Arran
Diploma in Counselling (2014) College of Holistic Medicine Glasgow
BACP Certificate of Proficiency (2014) Glasgow
Diploma in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD (2017) Open College
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I also run the 8 week Mindful based stress reduction programme (MBRS) and a shorter 4 week introduction to mindfulness on a one -to-one basis and with organisations as part of Every Day Mindfulness Scotland .
My sessions are £40 per hour for Individuals and £45 for organisations.
I do not offer couple counselling.
What to Expect
I work in partnership with you to raise awareness of what you think, feel and do to help you make informed choices and develop strategies to manage your difficulties and improve your mood. I have an integrated approach to counselling to ensure it meets the needs of the individual. In the first meeting we will talk about what you want need and expect from me as your counsellor to help you to decide if I'm the right counsellor for you. I understand the complexities and challenges people can face and I'm committed to helping and empowering people when they are lost or stuck, or when their world is crumbling around them and by providing a supportive space I can help people find a way forward attaining meaningful change for them.