Sandy Howard Registered MBACP (Accred).
Something on your mind ? Lost your way ? Need to be heard? My name is Sandy and I'd like to help. The decision to have counselling is the first brave step and choosing the right counsellor is the second. Both can be very daunting and whether counselling is helpful to you or not can depend (I believe) upon the counsellor you choose.
Before you have your counselling think about what it is you are looking for, do you want a more fulfilling life, do you want to improve your relationship with others or do you simply want to understand yourself better
Whatever your concerns I will offer your a warm and accepting welcome without judgement or prejudise and invite you to relax and experience what counselling can bring.
No two people are the same and counselling is as unique as you are and so our sessions will be tailored to suit you and your individual needs working in ways that are comfortable for you. The relationship between counsellor and client is different from any other type of relationship where two people share a journey which can be powerful and empowering. I do not have all the answers and there certainly is no magic wand but I am professionally trained to listen and support you in a safe, non judgemental confidential manner.
We cannot always put our issues into a "box" can we? Sometimes it can be everything or nothing that is troubling us. If you have something on your mind, if you feel you have lost your way or life is just too difficult right now, if you feel anxious, depressed or confused - whatever it is and you want some help, please contact me and lets get you the help you need.
Training, qualifications & experience
As well as being a qualified counsellor with an Advanced Diploma in Counselling, I am also qualified in Critical Incident Debriefing, Emotional Freedom Techniques, Reiki and as a Crisis Worker for Victims of serious sexual assault.
I am a BACP Accredited Counsellor / Phsychotherapist which means my practice meets the standard for a competent, ethical and independent practitioner and I continue to enhance my knowledge and professionalism through continuous personal development.
I have gained valuable experience from my role as a counsellor - a role that I am passionate about. I have worked for the NHS, Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue, Lincolnshire Counselling, Sexual Assault Referral Centre, Listening Ears Bereavement Counselling, University of Lincoln as well as my private practice.
If you would like to know more about me and how I work please visit my website or contact me via email or telephone.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Why not come for an initial appointment and see how you feel? You can meet me, ask questions, talk about your expectations from counselling and then decide if it is the right time for you and if I am the right person.
Its easy to get in touch, you can either telephone me, text me or send me an email and I will respond as soon as possibe.
Sessions, including the consultation session, are sixty minutes - Regular sessions will be agreed together and you are free to end the sessions at any time.
I work weekdays 9.00 am - 5.00 pm with a few evening appointments available.
Fees - £35.00 per session paid by cash or bank transfer
Some concessions are available.
There is parking directly outside.
Nr 15 or 16 Bus Route (from City Centre) dismount at "Rivermead"
I am five minuts walk from a local bus stop