DHC

Debbie Howels Counselling

Debbie Howels Counselling

A professional caring Sevenoaks based counselling service for Adults

Adv. Dip. Humanistic Counselling MBACP (Accred.) UKRCP

Counselling

About me

Counsellors are trained to actively listen, understand your point of view and to accept you as you are. This unique relationship is supportive and enormously comforting.  


Everyone experiences problems in their lives. Family and friends can be a help. Sometimes though, people feel they need an outsiders view, to help them see things from a different perspective.  


Problems are experienced differently by each person. In turn this means your therapy will evolve from the unique relationship you make with me. Scientific evidence has shown that this relationship is the vital ingredient before any changes can occur. 


Most problems clients bring are about relationships that aren't working well.  Understanding how you relate to others will be the most important thing you learn in counselling. Seeing your situation differently, and changing behaviours that are detrimental will always influence relationships.  


Many of my counselling clients extend their sessions once their issue is resolved for Personal Development.  This involves spending more time learning about what makes you tick as an individual, changing unhelpful habits or behaviours and uncovering hidden strengths so that you can fulfil your potential. 

 

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I started my career in the City, working in the computer industry, eventually becoming self employed.  I then set up and ran the first After School Club in the Sevenoaks area with a friend, which ran successfully for three years.

 

I moved to Kenya and when I returned home became an Adult Mental Health Support worker in the community for seven years. A natural progression for me was to train as a Counsellor.  I took several certificates in counselling, then graduated from West Kent College with an Advanced Diploma In Humanistic Counselling.  Several years later I passed the BACP Accreditation.


Since 2004 I have worked as a counsellor in a variety of settings, which has given me a broad range of clients and experience.  These include several charities, an NHS surgery, a Family Support Unit and a number of secondary schools in Kent.  I now have a Private Practice at home and am an Associate Counsellor at several Counselling Agencies.  In addition I work for several EAP providers.  

 

I consider myself an Integrative Counsellor as I make use of various types of counselling.  These include Person Centred, Transactional Analysis, Gestalt, Psychosynthesis and CBT.  In addition I often use relaxation and visualisation exercises.  I attend workshops and training to keep my knowledge updated.


I am guided by the BACP code of ethics, which includes regular supervision to enhance my practice.    


I recently became BUPA registered.  Please bring your Authorisation number with you when you attend your first consultation.