Ligia Carla Howarth, Integrative Counsellor, Registered - BACP

Ligia Carla Howarth, Integrative Counsellor, Registered - BACP

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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


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£35 per individual. £30 for students.

Further information

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

Maps & Directions

Ipswich, IP1

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: Portuguese


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Yes


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

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme