About Us

Kimberley Howard

My name is Kimberley Howard; I am a practicing Humanistic and Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist, and the head of Hope Counselling and Psychotherapy.

My Training

I decided to train as a therapist based on my own life experiences and desire to make a difference to the lives of others in times of difficulty.

My training began in Psychodynamic Counselling at the University of Leicester, followed by gaining a 2:1 Bachelor’s Degree at The Sherwood Institute, in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, which is accredited by the BACP and validated by Coventry University. I then continued into Relates CPCAB Systemic Relationship Counselling Diploma.

My training is continuous and in commitment to offer you the highest service possible, I have additionally received certificates in the following areas;

• ‘Relate safeguarding and child protection level 1’ (September 2015)

• ‘Level 3 child protection training’ (August 2015)

• ‘Child behaviour diploma’ (May 2015)

• ‘Incorporating WEMWBS into client consultations’ (March 2015)

• ‘BACP endorsed Hypnotherapy CPD through NLP Vision’ (I am a certified and registered Hypnotherapist with the American board of Hypnotherapy).

• ‘Centre for child mental health - Enabling children and teenagers to speak about feelings through art and clay therapy’ (February 2015)

• ‘Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse training’ (February 2015)

• ‘Worked at The Republican Orphanage in Moldova through Service for Peace’

• ‘BACP endorsed Hypnotherapy CPD’ (January 2015)

• ‘Drug and Alcohol awareness training’ (December 2014)

• ‘Prostate cancer awareness training’ (September 2014)

• ‘DV: ISIs & Assessment & Intervention’ (October 2014)

• 'Domestic violence and abuse: Safety and awareness' (June 2014)

• 'Mental health awareness' (June 2014)

• 'First aid for all ages' (May 2014)

• ‘Client intake and safeguarding’ (April 2014)

• ‘Working with Shame’ (March 2014)

• ‘Introduction to Suicide Intent and those Bereaved by Suicide’ (November 2012)

• ‘Introduction to Sand-Tray Therapy’ (October 2012)

• ‘Play Therapy’ (April 2012)

• ‘Level 3 Child Protection Training’ (November 2011)

• ‘Safeguarding Children’ (November 2011)

• ‘Conflict and Resolution’ (November 2011)

• ‘Child and Adolescent Mental Health’ (March 2011)

• ‘Domestic Violence and Abuse Awareness’ (March 2011)

• ‘Mental Health Awareness’ (December 2013)

• ‘Mindfulness’ (November 2013)

• ‘Birth and Birth Trauma’ (September 2013)

• ‘Domestic Violence Awareness’ (January 2011)

• ‘Pet Bereavement’ (2010)

• ‘Suicide Awareness’ (2010)

• Attended a CPD talk by Richard Bowlby on ‘Attachment Theory’ (2010)

Over the duration of my studies I have been involved with a number of organisations; including Northampton Counselling Service, Bower House, Relate and the Child and Adolescent Bereavement Service with the NHS, working with a varied and diverse client base from all ages and backgrounds.

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to their Ethical Framework and Good Practice Guidance. The BACP is approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. I also attend regular supervision to ensure I am working within my limits of competence and to the highest standard possible.

As your therapist

As your therapist I would endeavour to help you deal with and overcome issues which are causing you pain or discomfort, offering you a friendly, dependable and supportive relationship, in a confidential and safe environment. I will aim to help you reduce your confusion and enable you to cope with challenges to make positive life changes. I will help you to gain a better understanding of your feelings, beliefs, behaviours and thought processes, as well as identifying ways of finding your own unique solutions to problems.

I would provide you with a secure and regular space for you to talk and explore difficult feelings. I will offer you empathic and non-judgmental support and will remain respectful of your views and circumstances. Rather than issuing you standard ill-fitting advice, I will help you to find your own personalised insight to understanding your problems, encouraging personal empowerment, facilitating change and growth which you can take with you into your future development.

Counselling can be offered on a short term or long term basis depending on your individual needs and requirements. Counselling will not be continued longer than necessary and regular reviews allow sessions to be goal driven. Sessions usually take place once a week, and last for fifty minutes, by making this regular commitment, it gives you a better chance of finding out why you are having difficulties and how to accomplish your goals.

Whether counselling is familiar to you or a new experience, I can offer you a supportive, warm and friendly service, and I will be available to you for as long as you need me.

‘Counselling is not always an easy journey, but the rewards last a lifetime.’