Kate Howells, Integrative Counsellor/Psychotherapist, Registered MBACP (Accred).
Hello and welcome to my profile. My name is Kate Howells and I am a fully qualified Integrative Counsellor whose work is primarily underpinned by Gestalt Therapy. You are probably coming to counselling because you are feeling stuck and cannot stop behaving in unhelpful old patterns. You may have an idea of how you would like to be, but don’t know how to get there, perhaps feeling entrenched in anxiety and/or depression. Whilst you will be really keen to change, we will work towards you becoming more aware of how you are right now. This is because all of the difficulties you are experiencing will have developed for good reasons in response to your environment and events that have happened in your life. If we work together to discover what is going on for you and you can accept it as a reasonable response to your life so far, then you will find that alternative ways of being begin to emerge.
If you are on the autistic spectrum, you may find the way that I work helpful to you. Whilst many autistic clients have said that they would like to learn to relate like a neurotypical person, that is not the kind of work that I offer. It is my understanding that mental health issues develop for the majority of people as a result of not feeling accepted or good enough in the world as they are. Being on the autistic spectrum, this feeling of non-acceptance will be magnified following difficulties fitting-in at home, at school, in the work-place and in relationships. You may have been camouflaging your autism for years already by mimicking the behaviour of others. This will have been at a huge cost to you emotionally, psychologically and physically. It may have caused you to experience anxiety, depression, intrusive thoughts and other difficulties. This may have gone on so long that you feel that the mental health issues are part of the autism, leading to feelings of hopelessness.
Consequently, the work we will do is not about changing you, but more about disentangling the add-ons (anxiety, depression, intrusive thoughts …) from your sense of who you are. As you begin to understand and accept yourself more, so you may find it less difficult to connect to others. It is when we are trying to be who we are not that we find it the most difficult to connect. Therefore, the work will be about freeing you up from trying to be like others so that you can accept yourself and consequently relate to others more easily.
It is widely recognised that in order for therapy to be effective, a really good working relationship between client and counsellor is essential. In light of this, I offer a free 30 minute initial consultation so that we can decide together whether we are a good fit for your therapy.
I am a Registered Individual Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and work within their Ethical Guidelines for Good Practice in Counselling. I am fully insured and have an up to date enhanced DBS check.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BSc Psychology (1st Class Honours)
- Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Counselling - Dartmoor Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre
- Person Centred Couples Counselling (2 days training)
- Domestic Abuse Training – pairs. (2 days training)
- Domestic Abuse Awareness training
- Understanding Child Protection with Plymouth Safeguarding Children Board
- Exploring Suicide Risk
- Understanding Emotional Trauma
- Developing cultural competence for working with LGBT Clients
- Lost in Transition Conference (Intercom Trust) - exploring the needs of gender-conflicted children and young people, and their families/schools
- Working with Shame
- Anger, Rage and Relationship
- KUF Training (3 days training on how to work more effectively with clients diagnosed with a personality disorder)
- Autism Awareness Training
- Ongoing member of a Gestalt Personal Development Group
- Eating Disorder Conference
- I am currently Lead Counsellor of the Victims of Crime Counselling Project at a Plymouth based charity offering support and information to young people between the ages of 13 and 25.
- Counsellor at a Plymouth based Community Interest Company, working with a wide range of clients in both short term and long term work.
- Counsellor at a Plymouth Secondary School, working with girls from the age of 11 to 18 years of age.
Registered / Accredited
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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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£45 per hour for individual counselling
£55 per hour for couples counselling
Free initial 30 minute consultation.