Kerry Howard Verified Professional Verified Professional
Verified Professional

Every professional displayed on Counselling Directory has been independently verified by our team to ensure they have suitable credentials to practise.

Dip (Counselling), B.D. (Theo),MBACP, (£25 p/h)

About me

Hello and welcome,

I’m Kerry. I run a private practice ‘Clarity Counselling’ -in Lincolnshire, offering sessions in person or online, to young adults aged 14+, individuals and couples.

I feel it is a privilege to do the job I do- I love my work and I know what a difference it can make.

Is Counselling for you?

The aim of counselling is to provide a safe, secure, and non-judgmental environment in which any concerns, past or present, can be freely discussed. Counselling is not about giving advice- it respects your personal autonomy. Counselling, in essence, is about helping you to understand yourself and your situation better and giving you tools to enable you to build your self-esteem. As a Counsellor I work with you to empower you to be able to make informed decisions/choices that are right for you as an individual. 


There are many reasons people consider counselling. You may be struggling with a particular problem- or a variety of difficulties. Reasons people seek counselling support may include issues such as: 


·       acceptance  
·       change
·       anxiety
·       low mood/depression
·       grief
·       stress
·       addiction
·       relationship problems
·       loss of identity
·       low self-confidence
·       social phobia
·       anger
·       abuse
·       trauma
·       intrusive thoughts
·       emotional identification/regulation 
·       distress tolerance
·       coping skills

Perhaps you have a dilemma that you are wrestling with?


How I Work with Clients

I believe everyone is unique and what works for one person may not work for another. I respect and recognise that we are all different and may need different things at different times. Therefore, I offer flexibility and tailor how I work using tools/strategies from several theoretical fields in response to your individual needs. At the foundation of how I practice are person-centred principles- that you are the expert of yourself and able to determine what is best for you. I believe my job as a Counsellor is to listen and then help you to help yourself. I can offer insights and suggest connections, to guide you towards a better understanding of yourself and your situation. As a Counsellor I regularly review my work with clients, I respect your unique perspective and work at your pace. 

Neurodiversity

I have experience and am passionate about making counselling an inclusive and accessible service to those who are also neurodiverse- particularly Autism/ADHD. My passion stems from my belief that everyone should have the opportunity to access appropriate support that meets their needs. I understand the many barriers neurodiverse people face in a sensory, social and changeable world that is biased towards the needs of those who are neurotypical. 

In my work as a Counsellor, I also work with couples where one or both individuals are (or feel they may be) neurodiverse. 

My aim, as a Counsellor, is to facilitate people to live authentic, fulfilling lives, in accordance with their values, standards and needs.
 

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications:

  • Level 5 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Stamford College)
  • Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills
  • Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills

CPD- I regularly engage in Continuing Professional Development. This allows me to provide the best service possible for my clients and is in accordance with the standards of the professional body I belong to. Here are some of my most recent CPD:

  • Depression: A Compassionate View (University of Derby)
  • Understanding Autism, Asperger's & ADHD (University of Derby)
  • Bridging the Dementia Divide: Supporting People Living with Dementia (University of Derby)
  • Nature Connectedness: For a new relationship with nature (University of Derby)
  • Recovery Pathways (Addiction)- (University of Derby)
  • GDPR Data Protection Officer Skills (University of Derby)
  • Stress and Trauma - (Cinnabar Training workshop)
  • The Couples Counselling Toolkit (The Counselling Academy)
  • Exploring Suicide Risk with Clients (BACP)

Experience:

Private practice- Clarity Counselling- (couples, young adults, individuals)

Action for Asperger's Counsellor- (individuals and couple counselling)

300+ hours in a Cat C prison supporting clients with a wide variety/complex presentations.

Listening Support Volunteer, Shift Leader, Trainer, Mentor, Member of Interview and Selection team and Member of Branch Leadership Team for a Voluntary Organisation supporting those who are suicidal/in emotional distress.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Photos & videos

Fees

From £25.00 to £35.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Sessions are 60 mins.

  • Individual- £25 per session
  • Couples- £35 per session

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Appointments

I offer affordable and flexible appointments.

Sessions are available Mon-Friday from 7am- 8pm. 

Further information

  • I am a member of the BACP and adhere to their Code of Good Practice/Ethical Framework
  • I am fully insured.
  • I am a member of ICO.

I have a particular skillset/interest in facilitating counselling for individuals on the Autistic Spectrum.

I am contactable for any enquires as follows:

  • Email me via the contact form
  • Alternatively you can leave a confidential text or answerphone message: 07578 278591

Spalding, Lincolnshire, PE11

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

At present there is limited access with respect to face-to-face appointments for those with physical disabilities as I have two small steps in order to access my room. I am happy to discuss whether I can accommodate based on your individual needs.