Individual and Couples Counsellor and Psychotherapist: Jeanette Howlett
Jeanette Howlett, BA (Hons), Post Grad Dip Law, Post Grad Dip Couns, Registered Member MBACP (Accred). Certificates in Relationship and Group Counselling.
Counsellor and Psychotherapist Working with Individuals, Couples and Groups
What is Counselling and how can it help?
There are times when we can feel overwhelmed with life’s difficulties. Counselling can offer us a place to talk with someone who is outside our circle of family, friends and colleagues, in a private and confidential setting. When it seems like life is a maze, counselling offers the opportunity to reflect on, and explore our problems; it finds a pathway through the maze, achieving clarity and leading to a better life satisfaction.
Counsellors are trained to listen to you, to empathise and understand your life experiences as you see them. A counsellor will respond honestly to the issues you bring, without judging you. The relationship with your counsellor is based on a development of mutual trust, which enables you to feel safe enough to explore what can often be difficult issues.
Your counsellor will not tell you what to do or make decisions for you. Instead they will act as a ‘sounding board’, helping you to gain a clearer picture of your situation. They will offer you support so that you can decide on the changes you want to make.
I trained as a Person Centred/Humanistic Counsellor at the University of Brighton and qualified in 2000.
I am a Registered Counsellor/Psychotherapist. I became an Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy in 2006 and have also trained as a Group facilitator and Couples/Relationship Counsellor.
My practice is integrative having its foundation in my Person Centred/Humanistic training and I offer a warm, empathic and safe space for you to explore the issues you bring to counselling. I offer both long term and short term Counselling.
Since 2007 I have worked extensively with Employee Assistance Programmes providing short term counselling and using Solution Focused Brief Therapy and CBT techniques. I also trained and worked at Cruse as a Bereavement Counsellor and in an Alcohol and Substance Use Service in Sussex and have many years experience of working with people with long-term illness and disability and their family carers.
Prior to becoming a full time counsellor I worked for 30 years in Third Sector Legal and Welfare Advice Agencies and Social Care Organisations supporting a wide range of people facing life changing events and circumstances. I fully am committed to valuing and respecting difference and diversity and respect the variety of human experience and culture.
Areas of work I have experience in include:
Bereavement and Loss
Illness and Disability
Family and Relationships
Couples and Relationship Counselling
Self Esteem and Confidence
Loss of direction and purpose or dissatisfaction with life
Sexuality and Sexual Identity
Problems at work
Drugs and Alcohol
Sexual assault and abuse
The first Step
If you think counselling is for you contact me on 07789 773995 or email me at Jeanettehowlett@aol.com
We can then arrange an appointment time to meet. At this appointment we will talk about what brings you to counselling and whether counselling would be helpful to you. This will also be an opportunity for you to ask me questions.
We would usually meet weekly. Counselling can be short term, for a few weeks, or longer. If we decide to work together we will agree an initial number of sessions. Each counselling session lasts for 50 minutes.
Code of Ethics
I am an Accredited Member of BACP and abide by the BACP’s Ethical Framework.
Counselling and Supervision in the Person Centred Approach
Friendly counsellor with a broad range of experiences
I have worked in a variety of settings with many different people experiencing different kinds of difficulty or distress, each in their own particular way – eg primary care, mental health centre, student counselling, employee support, private practice.
We will work together in a way that creates a safe, trusted and stimulating environment. Together we will listen carefully and engage with your experiences, understanding the meaning they have for you in your life. You will be supported as you find yourself valuing, challenging and evolving at a pace and direction that suits you in your current circumstance.
Your experiences are lived within the physical, social, cultural and political circumstances of your life, and I see your emotions and struggles as a part of this whole.
Supervision: counsellors, workers, parents, activists
Working in the same person centred approach, I offer professional supervision to counsellors and other workers. This kind of engaged, supportive and reflective space can also be really useful to parents and carers, with monthly or fortnightly meetings to value and support this important life work. People engaged in campaigning work also benefit from making space to take care of themselves in the context of their demanding work and struggles.
Getting in touch
Do phone or email before making an appointment, we can have a conversation about what you are looking for. This may help you to get a feel for what is right for you and whether you would like us to work together. The charge for our first appointment at The Fishponds Practice will be £30. This is an opportunity to explore the issues and decide a way forward without further commitment. My usual weekly charge is £45 per hour. We can work for a set number of sessions or you may decide you would like us to work together for a longer period.
Qualifications / Memberships
Diploma in Counselling (Person Centred Approach), Strathclyde University 1992
Post Grad Diploma in Counselling in Primary Care, Strathclyde University 1997
Diploma in Supervision CPCAB/EUROCPS 2013
BSc (1st Class Hons) Open University (Social Science, Social Psychology, Social Policy)
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (Accredited Member)
BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists
Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility
Alliance for Counselling and Psychotherapy