Tamara Howell Counselling & Therapy: Welcome

Tamara M. Howell PGDip, MSc, Reg. MBACP (Accred.)
counselling & psychotherapy

I began my career in the field in 2007 as a peer support volunteer at PROMIS Treatment Centre in London, accompanying patients to 12 step meetings and later assisting therapists in process groups as a co-facilitator. I completed my training placement at The Priory Hospital North London in 2008 whilst obtaining my Masters degree at London South Bank University.

In 2009, I was employed as a counsellor and then the manager at The Kairos Aftercare Programme, a charity in South London which supports vulnerable people in their recovery from addictive disorders. Alongside this role, I opened a part-time private practice at Kingyo Therapy in London before moving to Paris in 2011.

As some of my clients in London preferred to continue our work together, I undertook training to provide teletherapy as per BACP guidelines and began working online and via telephone. I continued to work in person, providing therapy to adolescents and adults in the Paris anglophone community and offering group workshops on the topics of codependence, body image and love addiction. I began working exclusively online when I lived in Tel Aviv between 2015 and 2017, and have endeavoured to adapt my practice to comply with the highest standards of care and regulation, as this modality has gained popularity and application.

I regularly use video conferencing for clinical supervision and to meet with my own therapist. I enjoy the flexibility of location and scheduling, the comfort of my own private environment and being able to make a cup of tea after a session and reflect at my own pace instead of navigating public transport or traffic.

I notice that having fewer visual distractions often encourages a higher level of focus and concentration and I encourage the use of headphones or earphones to minimise the possibility of disruption. The advancement and availability of online therapy means that you can work with therapists outside of your professional or personal community, often giving a greater sense of privacy.

Academic Qualifications

Post Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies (LSBU) 2007-2008
Post Graduate Diploma in Addiction Counselling (LSBU) 2008-2009
Masters of Science in Addiction Psychology & Counselling (LSBU) 2009-2010

My academic research was focused on the relationship between menstrual phases and addictive behaviours. I remain committed to researching this topic and supporting patients with the behavioural and emotional challenges associated with Premenstrual Syndrome and Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder.

Membership of Professional Organisation

As a registered and accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, I abide by the Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions and the Supplementary Guidance for Working Online.

I am committed to fulfilling BACP requirements for Continuing Professional Development and regularly undertake training and supervision. In order to do this, I may discuss our work in a general way and without using names or identifying details. I write brief notes which are encrypted, protected and stored securely and to which only I have access.

Further Training

I have completed further training courses and seminars on the following:
Person-centred counselling, Social Psychology, Motivational Interviewing, Transactional Analysis, Existential Therapy, Psychosynthesis, Drama Therapy, Music Meditation, Mindfulness, Trauma, Working with Ex-Servicemen, Group Therapy, Telephone Counselling, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Online Counselling and Psychotherapy

Legal Considerations

I currently reside in London and work in accordance with UK law. Any complaints or disputes are subject to UK law and jurisdiction, however, if you are based in another country, I will investigate the laws according to your location to ensure that I meet local professional requirements before we commit to working together.