Annette Howes

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Annette Howes

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My Approach

I can work with families and individual family members, sometimes this may be on their own or as a couple or part of a sibling group. People have commented they find my approach calm, down to earth and friendly, and appreciate my ability to really listen and not be judgmental or blaming. I believe strongly in enabling all family members to have a voice and to facilitate communication to suit individual’s needs. I incorporate play, drawing and writing into my practice.

I feel it is important to have open conversations with family members at the beginning of therapy to think about goals /expectations and what I might do that could be helpful or unhelpful for them in working together . I am flexible in my approach and open to discussion about different ways of working. I am very open to feedback and encourage people to be honest about how I am working with them. for you, My training has taught me to be mindful about power dynamics and I feel I approach subjects in a sensitive way that helps to put people at ease. I also recognise my own responsibility about our working relationship taking into consideration diversity and inequalities. ,


About Me

I qualified in 2007 and feel I am a very experienced Family and Systemic Psychotherapist. I am currently working in the NHS in a CAMHS inpatient hospital. I have also been a Registered Learning Disability Nurse . Over my career of over 30 years , I have gained a wide range of skills and experience , working in mental health and Learning Disability hospital settings, moving then into the community and for the past 10 years back into a hospital setting.

I am also a qualified and experienced Systemic Supervisor and have training in
Non Violent Resistance (NVR) .

I have spent my whole working life in the NHS, and have seen the changes within which have impacted on me, I am retiring from the NHS in the next few months, however feel I have so much more to offer and feel the valuable experience I have gained from having this privilege could now continue by offering independent practice, especially as I am aware of the increasing pressures to the NHS and worked in the confines of this.

I am a UKCP registered Psychotherapist and I can work with a wide range of issues, however I have a special interest working with children and their families/carers.

I work with

  • Couples
  • Families
  • Groups
  • Individuals
  • Private healthcare referrals

Special Interests

Like all UKCP registered psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors I can work with a wide range of issues, but here are some areas in which I have a special interest or additional experience.

Types of Therapies Offered

  • Family and Systemic Psychotherapist
  • Family Therapist
  • Systemic Family and Couple Psychotherapist
  • Systemic Psychotherapist

What I can help with

  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Autism
  • Depression
  • Disability
  • Family
  • Gender
  • Mental Health Issues

Types of sessions

  • Face to Face - Long Term
  • Face to Face - Short Term
  • Online Therapy
  • Telephone Therapy


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UKCP College

  • College of Family Couple and Systemic Psychotherapy (CFCSP)

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