© 2019 Kate Howells - Counsellor

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Counselling Experience

I have been seeing private clients for 2 days each week at Lifton Surgery since 2015. Since 2016, I have also been Project Lead for the Victims of Crime counselling service at a Plymouth-based organisation offering support for young people between the ages of 13 and 25. Prior to this I provided counselling within a Plymouth secondary school for girls aged 11-18 years. I also volunteered as a counsellor for a Plymouth-based Community Interest Company, working with a wide range of clients in both short term and long term work. I worked on a number of funded projects, providing counselling for those who had experienced domestic abuse (both individuals and parent/child work); carers; those living withheart related illnesses or rebuilding their lives after a stroke. I also work with clients who come for a wide range of issues such as depression, loss or bereavement, anxiety or low self-esteem.

Why Did I Become a Counsellor

I did a variety of jobs in my twenties and thirties such as working in research for Headhunters; temping in Advertising and the City and helping to run a hotel. Whilst all of these jobs equipped me with valuable skills, I didn’t really enjoy going to work.  I began to wonder if it may be possible to train to have a career that I actually found stimulating. I was interested in people and how they relate both to each other and to the world around them and had often thought that I might like to be a counsellor.  I decided to do a Psychology Degree to give me a really firm starting platform and went on to train as an Integrative Counsellor. I had always been interested in Existential Philosophy and was delighted that I was able to draw on it for the Social Psychology research project which formed part of my degree.  When I started my counselling training, it was even more exciting to realise just how essential existentialism was to Gestalt Therapy. I soon realised that although I was training in several perspectives as an Integrative Therapist, Gestalt Therapy was the one that fitted my view of people and their world.

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As an existential therapy, Gestalt assumes that each person already has the resources needed to come into contact with others in the world and to have fulfilling relationships and experiences.  However, childhood and later events can cause people to withdraw from such healthy contact. This withdrawing or forming of barriers will have helped to keep that person safe during their childhood, but may now be causing that person to behave in ways that they would prefer not to.  The Gestalt Therapist aims to help people become aware of these repetitive patterns so that they can then choose whether to let them go. 

What I love about counselling is that each and every client is unique and no two people’s journeys are ever the same.

Qualifications

 

  • BSc Psychology (1st Class Honours)

  • Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Counselling - Dartmoor Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre

  • Diploma in Supervision - Dartmoor Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre

Professional Development

 

  • Person Centred Couples Counselling (2 days training)

  • Domestic Abuse Training – pairs.  (2 days training)

  • Domestic Abuse Awareness training

  • Understanding Child Protection with Plymouth Safeguarding Children Board

  • Exploring Suicide Risk

  • Understanding Emotional Trauma

  • Developing cultural competence for working with LGBT Clients

  • Lost in Transition Conference (Intercom Trust) - exploring the needs of gender-conflicted children and young people, and their families/schools

  • Working with Shame

  • Anger, Rage and Relationship

  • KUF Training (3 days training on how to work more effectively with clients diagnosed with a personality disorder)

  • Autism Awareness Training

  • Ongoing member of a Gestalt Personal Development Group

  • Eating Disorder Conference

  • Trauma Informed Approaches Training Parts 2&3

  • Parent & Child Counselling

I offer a free 30 minute initial consultation so that you can decide whether you feel comfortable with me and if I am the right consellor for you.