Susan Howard (PhD, MBACP Accred)
I have been working as a counsellor for twelve years, after qualifying as a person-centred counsellor.
I wholeheartedly believe in what counselling can offer. I have worked with clients who have transformed their lives, or, in other cases, met more modest, but also satisfying, goals. Sometimes, it's just about getting through a very painful patch, and having someone be there, to listen. I found counselling has helped me with struggles around confidence, relationships and more.
As your counsellor, I would be there to support you through difficult situations and experiences, helping you find answers that (I believe) are inside you. Therapy can also be a place for self-development, exploration of self, and of meaning.
Taking the first step
You might not know what kind of counselling is for you, or even whether counselling is for you at all. It can be intimidating to take the first step.
I offer an introductory session at a reduced rate, so that you can see whether you are comfortable talking about yourself with me.
What is a counselling session like?
In our appointments, I will invite you to share whatever is bothering or absorbing you. I will work with you to explore your feelings, at your pace. I will not judge you, or tell you what to do; I will help you to make sense of your experience and therefore move forward.
Sometimes words fall short, and if you prefer to express yourself with images, I will supply art materials. Working in this way can provide an outlet for deeply painful issues which are hard to talk about.
I perceive counselling as a positive collaboration - counsellor and client working together. I don't presume to know you better than you know yourself. Instead I'll work alongside you as you find your way.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (www.bacp.co.uk) and I subscribe to their ethical framework: www.bacp.co.uk/ethical_framework/.
I worked from 2005 to 2014 at Camden, City, Islington and Westminster Bereavement Service, providing long-term counselling for the bereaved.
I also undertook a year's placement for the NHS for the St John's Way Medical Centre (2006).
Qualifications: BSc Psychology, PhD Social Psychology, Diploma in Humanistic Counselling, Certificates in Person-Centred Counselling and Person-Centred Art Skills.
For more information about the person-centred approach to counselling, see at https://www.bapca.org.uk/.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Eating disorders
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
50 minute session: £40-£60
Reduced fees are available for students, and for clients in financial difficulty.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I offer evening appointments.