Susan Howard (PhD, MBACP Accred)
I have been working as a counsellor since 2005, qualifying as a person-centred counsellor. The person-centred approach is focused on individual fulfilment, supported by authenticity, empathy and acceptance.
I wholeheartedly believe in what this type of counselling can offer, having had first hand experience. Counselling has helped me with struggles around depression, confidence, relationships and more.
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 we will work alongside each other as you find your way.
Counselling can be transformative, changing the way you see yourself and how you live your life. Or it can meet more modest, but also satisfying, goals, like finding ways to say ‘no’, stopping a behaviour or habit that’s troubling you, or dealing with a painful emotion.
Sometimes, it's just about getting through a very difficult time, and having someone be there, to listen.
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. We will work together to explore your feelings, at your pace. I will not judge you, or tell you what to do; this is a place for you to make sense of your experience and therefore move forward.
Sometimes words fall short, and if you prefer to express yourself with images, you can use art materials. Working in this way can provide an outlet for deeply felt issues which are hard to talk about.
As your counsellor, I would be there to support you through difficult situations and experiences, helping you find answers that feel right for you. Therapy can also be a place for self-development, exploration of self, and of meaning.
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 The Person-Centred Association (www.the-pca.org.uk).
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Eating disorders
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Relationship problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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 weekend and evening appointments.
Types of client