Simon Howarth Accredited Member BACP
Sometimes life can be harder than you imagine, harder than you've prepared for perhaps. Maybe you are experiencing feelings of anxiety, sadness, panic or depression, difficulties in relationships or family, experiencing stress or maybe you feel sad without knowing why.
Imagine for a moment, right now - how good it will feel when you've moved through what's difficult, when you feel happier and more able to cope and can feel stronger and more resilient. That can start here...
Counselling is a safe, private place to talk, to open up about how you feel and to look deeper into what's making you feel the way you do - and what to do about it. I will listen, accept, support and encourage you.
What you talk about is up to you: there's nothing too big or too small. I think what is most important, is that you are ready to talk. That you come to counselling because you are choosing to and understand that it might hurt, it might even feel worse to begin with, before it starts to feel easier.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified counsellor, accredited by the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP), working with adults around the Warrington area.
During the COVID-19 social isolation and distancing, I am still offering counselling and supervision via Skype/Zoom or telephone. Please contact me for details.
Before training as a counsellor I had 15 years experience in different roles focused on supporting people - all of which taught me the importance of trust, honesty and encouragement in one-to-one situations. It is these qualities, along with patience, resilience, optimism and a genuine caring and interest in people that I offer as a counsellor.
I work as a person-centred counsellor - with the belief that people have considerable potential for understanding themselves and directing their own change and healing. I don't tell you what to do, or what I think sounds best for you - I help you find your own way through.
I have supported people through a range of different life-experiences, including depression, anxiety, bereavement, suicidal feelings, loss, trauma, physical, emotional and sexual abuse, low self-esteem, relationship and sexuality issues and addiction in addition to working in suicide prevention for over ten years.
Qualifications & Training:
Foundation Diploma in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) (2020)
PG. Certificate Supervision in Counselling, Psychotherapy and Helping Relationships (2020)
Sundoor School of Transpersonal Education Firewalk Instruction Certification & Motivational Coach Training 5-day workshop (2019)
IARTT Rewind Therapy Certificate (2018)
LivingWorks Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) Training for Trainers (2015)
PG. Dip. Counselling & Psychotherapy (Professional Training) (2014)
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
I offer a free, no obligation initial phone call, for us to get to know one another, for you to see if I am the right person to help you. I think it's important you choose a counsellor you feel comfortable with, gel with.
If you want to work with me, then I offer one-to-one, Skype/Zoom and telephone counselling for adults around the Warrington area. Weekly sessions, each lasting an hour.
Sessions for individuals are £40-£60 based on income - I ask you pay what you can afford within that range, I don't ask for proof; don't ask questions about your income.
Concessions offered for
Please contact me either by the email link or by phone. I work during the day and may not always be able to answer my phone so please leave a message with your name and number and I will always call you back. Please let me know if it is okay to leave a message for you when I call you back if you're unavailable.