Joanne Howe - MSc, PG Dip, Cert; MBACP Accredited; Supervision Cert
Welcome to my profile: As a fully qualified counsellor and supervisor my client base is extremely broad including working with adults, families and in particular young people. I have always worked in a number of the caring professions, including being a nurse for over 10 years and have had the opportunity to be a counsellor in a number of different settings including schools, universities, hospitals, voluntary organisations, statutory organisations and working privately. For the past two years I have also been employed by a national charity, specifically aimed at helping young victims of crime or those experiencing other trauma.
I offer both short and longer-term therapy. Some people approach me directly, others are referred to me by other health professionals or their employers. The first step is to meet to explore the issues that you are facing and the changes you would like to achieve. It's not unusual for this to evolve as we progress, or for you to be unsure or find it difficult to articulate at first. From the initial assessment session, we meet regularly for sessions of 50 minutes.
I believe that each client knows themselves best. I am here to help you explore and to enable you to find your own answers. It`s all about building a trusting relationship with someone you like and feel comfortable working with. I am down to earth and do my best to make all clients feel welcome and at ease as it can be nerve racking going to see a complete stranger. I work integratively, which means we may discuss what is going on in the here and now, this would be person centred, we may talk about some of the past and how it connects to now, this is psychodynamic and we might look at thoughts and beliefs and behaviours, this would be cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT). I also use another approach called mindfulness which is about being completely in touch with the present moment and being open to experiences as they come. All these approaches can sound a little complex but in real terms its about sitting in comfy chairs where you do the talking; I do the listening and then reflect back what I've heard.
My aim is to help clients explore their way of being and to clarify those aspects of life that cause distress, confusion, dissatisfaction or anger in a confidential, non-judgemental and supportive space. Such feelings often lead to a sense of being stuck, unfulfilled and frustrated with life.
I also believe that it is important to consider the specific concerns in the context of the individuals struggle; to live authentically. For example, the presence or absence of meaning and the role of choice and responsibility in one's life.
In exploring our thoughts and feelings about our current difficulties and concerns, we move towards a better understanding and clarification and so begin to get a clearer sense of the options and choices before us.
Training, qualifications & experience
MSc Counselling Psychology (Keele University)
Post Graduate Diploma Counselling Psychology (Keele University)
Certificate Counselling Psychology (Keele University)
Certificate in Supervision (Manchester Institute For Psychotherapy)
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction - Teacher Training One (Bangor University)
Mindfulness and Individual Therapy (Bangor University)
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (Bangor University)
Mentoring and Befriending (Mentoring and Befriending Foundation)
Mental Health First Aid Teacher Training (MHFA - England)
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have a wealth of experience of working with young people aged between 12 and 25 both within schools and higher education settings. I have also been a national co-ordinator for a child based charity providing counselling to young people who have experienced trauma.
Being a young person can be a difficult time; there are many transitions as teenagers move through to adulthood. Issues that are commonly brought to my counselling room by young people include: eating disorders, self harm, bullying, exam stress, anxiety, anger, sexuality and relationship problems, to name but a few.
Young people often find it difficult to be able to speak to parents or teachers when they are troubled.Sometimes the independent ear of a counsellor is an environment that better suits young people giving them the confidence to express their concerns and feelings.
I offer a confidential and safe environment that allows young people the opportunity to explore their issues and concerns using creative approaches designed specifically for young people.
Mindfulness means learning to pay attention, in a particular way, in the present moment and non-judgementally. Mindfulness has attracted considerable attention in recent years and is becoming more widely practised in the UK, having originated as an Eastern philosophy. It is premised upon becoming more aware of moment to moment experience and creates space to respond vis a vis react and more readily acknowledge what is actually occurring at that time. Fundamentally mindfulness is a mixture of meditation and gaining greater awareness of what is happening to you at that time and the way you feel and respond to those feelings. I can also offer bespoke mindfulness based interventions or integrative mindfulness practice as appropriate.
Individual sessions £40
Concessions available for students undertaking the Counselling Certificate.
I work in a private therapy practice at a professional , discreet, safe, accessible base, Nr Stone, Staffordshire, with easy parking provided.
If you would like to make an appointment or if you would like further information you can either call me on 07879990027 or email me by Clicking Here. If I am unable to take your call please feel free to leave me your name and number and I will contact you within 24 hours. Similarly with email, I will endeavour to reply within the same time frame.
Accredited Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP);
Follows and adheres to the BACP Ethical Framework at all times;
In line with BACP guidelines, attends monthly clinical supervision;
Enhanced DBS vetting ;
Professional indemnity insured.
In addition to the above I maintain continuous professional development attending latest conferences, workshops and developmental professional forums.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I am a qualified counselling supervisor and I have worked with supervisees at various stages of their careers.