Des Howden

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Counsellor, Psychotherapist and Clinical Hypnotherapist
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

Calne SN11 & Salisbury SP1
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

If you are stressed, anxious, or struggling in any area of your life, I can help you to take back control and feel better.

I am a highly experienced counsellor, Human Givens Psychotherapist, Clinical Hypnotherapy, and Life Coach, working with people of all ages, experiencing a range of challenges from the seemingly minor to the potentially life-threatening.

I can help you to feel better from the very first session and give you a range of proven tools and techniques that you can use whenever and wherever you need them.

My aim is to empower you so that you can learn to cope with whatever challenges you are facing, whether or not your situation changes.

If you have tried other therapies without success, if you are uncertain whether or not you want to see a therapist, or even if you are wondering whether there is anyone who can help you, I would like to reassure you that I can help you and you can feel better than you do today.

Sometimes asking for help is the hardest part so the fact that you have made it this far is a positive first step.

What I can do for you

I work with people with a wide range of mental and physical health issues, I can help you to:

  • Understand why you feel the way you do and how to change it
  • Overcome your limiting thoughts and beliefs
  • Reduce your anxiety
  • Learn to manage stress
  • Break the cycle of depression
  • Recover from trauma
  • Beat your addictions
  • Stop self-destructive behaviours
  • Fulfil your potential
  • Improve your mental and physical health.

How I work

My approach is based on the principles of The Human Givens. This states that as humans we have certain psychological needs and the innate resources to meet these needs. These are the “givens” of our existence. By helping you to access your own powerful, innate resources I can help you feel calmer, more confident and more in control.

What to expect

I offer a free initial conversation to find out why you are considering counselling and what you want to achieve. This is your chance to really clarify what you want from your life and it is also an opportunity for you to explore whether you feel comfortable working with me, as good rapport is important. I will give you some immediate coping strategies and show you how to relax more effectively.

Next we will begin to develop strategies that can help you to move forward, refocus your attention and build the skills you need to take charge of your life.

Start to feel better

Take the next step towards feeling better by contacting me on 07968 062640 or by email.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have dedicated decades of my life to studying and travelling, seeking out approaches that might help people to overcome their problems and live life to its full potential.

Among my qualifications are:

  • Human Givens Practitioner.
  • Diploma in Ericksonian Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy.
  • Master Practitioner of Ericksonian Hypnotherapy and
  • Psychotherapy.
  • Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapy.
  • Buddhist Non-Attachment Therapy.
  • Advanced Spectrum Therapist.
  • Master Practitioner of NLP.
  • Master Practitioner of Time Line Therapy.
  • Advanced NLP Life Coach.
  • Practitioner of Provocative Change Works.
  • Advanced Diploma in Life Coaching.
  • Strategic Intervention Life Coach.
  • Fusion Integrated Life Coach Practitioner and Trainer.
  • I am fully insured.

I have trained with some of the best people in the world and I continue to study and research every single day.

Professional memberships

  • The Human Givens Institute
  • The General Hypnotherapy Register
  • The American Association of Professional Hypnotherapists
  • The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council
  • Association of Integrative Coach Therapist Professionals

I am a highly experienced counsellor who is also trained in Human Givens psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, and life coaching. I work with people of all ages and backgrounds experiencing physical, emotional and mental health challenges.

Member organisations

Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)

The CNHC encompasses many types of alternative therapy, including hypnotherapy.

In order to be admitted to the register a practitioner must have studied to the National Occupational Standards for that profession/discipline, or have reached the equivalent of the National Occupational Standards through other relevant training or at least three years of experience and been assessed by their peers.

A practitioner must also have professional insurance and agree to abide by the CNHC Code of Conduct, Performance and Ethics.

The General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR)

Hypnotherapists may become members of the General Hypnotherapy Register if they satisfy certain criteria with regard to both training and ongoing requirements as determined from time to time by the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC).

Members are either registered at Practitioner status (which confirms that the GHR acknowledges their qualification to practice), or Affiliate status. Although Affiliate level registrants will have completed a sufficient number of training hours to equip them to commence seeing clients on a limited basis, the GHR does not acknowledge them to have yet been trained to full practitioner level.

All GHR Registered Practitioners are required to accept the published Code of Ethics and Complaints & Disciplinary Procedure.

Accredited register membership

Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council
Accredited Register Scheme

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Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council

Areas of hypnotherapy I deal with

Information about health conditions (*)

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Additional information

Most people need between three and four sessions to make real and lasting changes. You may need more or fewer sessions depending on your particular circumstances.

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Further information

What people say about me

“I did not know that coaching could be so much fun, I wish we had hooked up sooner. Thanks for all your support.”  Jeff, business owner, US

“Thank you Des for turning the light on at the end of my very long, very dark tunnel, I will be forever grateful.”  Paul, fireman

“Suffering with chronic insomnia for years and having read lots of self-help books, seen people etc. I just about gave up on ever getting it resolved. When you explained in our first session about worrying and the whole why we dream and how it affects us, it made total sense. I can’t believe in only three sessions, I now get good restful sleep.” Steve sales rep

“I was always scared of letting go and letting my defences down. That first relaxation session we did made me a believer in hypnosis/guided visualisation.” Joe, builder.

“Thank you so much for the session yesterday, I am just amazed that my suffering should be finally at an end!”  Amanda, travel coordinator.

“When I first met you, I was stressed beyond belief, panic attacks and anxiety ruled my life. I thought there was no hope for me, I had tried everything or so I thought. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.” Graham, business manager.

Des Howden is also registered with Counselling Directory.

Calne, Wiltshire, SN11

Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1

Type of session

In person