Therapy with Dr Lawrence Howells, Clinical Psychologist
Dr Howells is experienced in providing therapy for a wide variety of problems:
Problems of fear, anxiety, and anger: e.g. stress and generalised anxiety, stress, specific phobias, panic, agoraphobia, health anxiety, anger issues, and obsessive compulsive disorder.
Problems of mood: e.g. low mood, depression, mood instability, and bipolar disorder.
Trauma work: e.g. coming to terms with difficult life events, post traumatic stress disorder, grief, and childhood abuse.
Problems with relationships: e.g. difficulties forming or maintaining relationships, difficulties with identity (e.g. relationship with the self), frequent conflict, relationship difficulties.
Dr Howells’ background in clinical psychology means that he is able to use different models in his work and tailor the therapy to suit the individual. This is particularly important as people rarely experience difficulties in a single area of their lives; low mood and anxiety often appear together, for example. Having said that, Dr Howells does find some therapy models particularly useful and uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) a great deal. This is complemented with ideas from Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR), systemic therapy, and psychodynamic ideas. Dr Howells currently does a lot of work with younger people in which he draws upon his background in academic psychology, in particular developmental psychology.
When choosing a therapy and a therapist it is important to ensure that they are appropriately qualified to deliver the intervention they are offering and that they abide by the standards and codes of conduct relevant to these therapies. Dr Howells is registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), which means he can practise as a clinical psychologist. He is accredited by the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP), which means that he is appropriately qualified to deliver high quality Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). He is accredited by the Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ACAT), which means that he is appropriately qualified to deliever high quality Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT). He is also trained in Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) and is working towards accreditation by EMDR-Europe.
Dr Howells’ therapeutic approach therefore draws upon all of this experience, which means that he can provide choice in relation to therapy, using the approach that best suits the individual and their difficulties.