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Ligia Carla Howarth, Integrative Counsellor, Registered - BACP

Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1

About me

I am a qualified Integrative Counsellor, bilingual (English and Portuguese).  I am an empathetic, non-judgmental and confidential counsellor. I have experience in the areas of anxiety, depression, relationship problems, stress, abuse, domestic abuse, trauma and other issues. I am here to support you to get through any difficulties that are happening in your life. You can feel comfortable and be yourself because I am a modest and caring person. I have a passion for what I do and I will make sure you always feel safe around me.

My aim is to support people in the best way I can. I believe I can help people to find their meaning in life. I work with adults, children and young people.

Whilst completing my studies, I volunteered for a number of mental health and community organisations as a counsellor.

I am a caring person who has a passion to work with people. Equality is something I take very seriously, as everyone should be treated as equal. I also strongly believe that human beings have the capacity to change and heal themselves; however, sometimes we still need professional support. I am a very good listener and I can support others with empathy and compassion.

I work with different approaches and I apply these approaches focused on each individual’s needs, as everybody is different and what suits one person might not suit another. The approaches I use are person-centred, CBT, psychodynamic, Gestalt, art therapy and REBT.

I work with children using the approaches of creative therapy, play therapy, child-centred therapy and CBT for children and young people.

I believe the relationship between the client and the therapist is very important to the therapy process.

My practice is based in Ipswich town centre and is very easy to locate. The building is very accessible and has a lift. It is a calm and relaxing environment.  Once we have spoken by phone for a short conversation and you are happy to go ahead, we will arrange a time that suits you for our first face-to-face appointment

Cancellation Policy

If you are unable to attend an appointment, I request that you provide at least 24 hours advanced notice. Since we are unable to use this time for another client, please note that you will be charged for the cost of the reservation for the counselling room.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have been volunteering for several years and have gained valuable knowledge and experience. Previously, I volunteered for: Suffolk Mind (with the Waves project) supporting individuals with personality disorder;

• Samaritans, supporting people with suicidal thoughts;
• Suffolk Family Carers, where I volunteered for the Talk Support project;
• CSV Media (now Volunteering Matters), where I was a mentor supporting vulnerable families and the community;
• MTCIC (Acorn), where I undertook my clinical practice.
I currently volunteer for Place2be at a primary school supporting children that have some emotional issues.

I also volunteered for Suffolk Cruse with adult clients supporting that is going through bereavement. At the moment I am working with Cruse CYP supporting bereaved children.

  • Qualifications:

    FdA in Integrative Counselling from University of Suffolk;
    • Certificate in Child Psychology (Level 4) from the University of Warwick;
    • Certificate in Psychology (Level 4) from the University of Warwick;
    •  BA in Integrative Counselling at the University of Suffolk.
  • Currently completing CBT diploma with Stonebridge college

  • Foundation to Drawing and Talking Therapy
  • Advanced Drawing and Talking Therapy
  • CBT For Child and Adolescent Disorders (The British Psychological Society)

    Other training and workshops:

    Certificate in Play Therapy and Creative Therapy (Life-Force), which enables me to work with therapeutic play with young people, children and adults;
  • Mental Health First Aid (MHFA); Personality Disorder (KUF Awareness Level, The Institute of Mental Health);
  • Introduction to Theraplay (Interactive Play Therapy), Communication with Children and Young People Affected by Early Trauma (both 2-day training with Suffolk County Council);
  • Certificate in Eating Disorders (Suffolk Association for Counselling).
  • Accredited Certificate in adult bereavement
  • Certificate in Children bereavement
  • REBT Primary Practicum Course. The University of Birmingham, the official UK affiliate of the Albert Ellis Institute (AEI), New York.

    Selected CPD:

    Talking with Bereaved People (BACP);
  • Developmentally Sensitive Interventions with Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse and Rape (Tiptoes CTS);
  • A Positive Approach to Behaviour,
  • Suffolk Signs of Safety and Wellbeing,
  • Supporting Individuals and Families with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (all Suffolk County Council).

Member organisations


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.


£40 per individual. £35 for students.

Further information

If you would like to make an appointment, please contact me by email or phone.


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages Portuguese


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access


Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays afternoons and evenings. Please contact to arrange a time.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


Ligia Carla Howarth, Integrative Counsellor, Registered - BACP

Ligia Carla Howarth, Integrative Counsellor, Registered - BACP