Hello My name is Donna Fowler Stowell.
Welcome! I am a fully qualified counsellor with experience in a wide range of therapeutic settings.
I offer short term counselling and longer open-ended counselling, depending on your specific needs.
I work from a comfortable, quiet and confidential setting in Turners Hill, Crawley. I offer face to face counselling as well as online counselling and telephone counselling.
I am fully qualified as an integrative therapeutic counsellor, and am a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) As a member of the BACP, I abide by their ethical framework. I am fully insured and have regular supervision to ensure my work is of the highest standard.
I have experience in a wide range of therapeutic settings, and with very varied presenting issues. I have worked within numerous counselling organisations. These include the Mid Sussex Counselling Centre and the Arise Counselling Centre in East Grinstead. I am currently on the counselling team at the Reigate Counselling Centre, a low cost counselling service offering support to the local area.
I also offer counselling at the Olive Tree cancer support centre at Crawley Hospital. I am trained in bereavement counselling and work a great deal with people living with chronic pain and illness.
I have extensive experience of working therapeutically with young adults and teenagers in Educational settings and working with issues related to anxiety, low self-esteem and shame.
CPD training Includes:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Intensive Training.
- Telehealth for Mental Health Professionals.
- Narcissism and Echoism.
- Body Dysmorphia: The hidden disorder.
- Shame informed Therapy.
- Chronic pain and trauma.
- Psychosomatic Therapy.
- Obsessions, Compulsions, Rigid and Obsessive Personality Types.
- Contemporary grief counselling and therapy.
What is Counselling?
At certain times in life we can all feel overwhelmed, unhappy, lonely, anxious, depressed, or simply we may feel ‘stuck’ and unable to see a way forward.
Counselling can provide you with a safe, non-judgmental and confidential space in which you can speak freely, be heard and supported to make positive changes within your life, your relationships and yourself. The counselling process can support you to develop self-awareness, increase self-esteem and to look at your whatever issues are causing you difficulty from a new perspective and from a deeper understanding.
Seeking counselling for the first time can seem extremely daunting and so I aim to offer a relaxed and compassionate relationship in which you can simply be yourself. Counselling is a commitment, a commitment to taking some time just for you each week. I am passionate about what I do and firmly believe in the positive benefits counselling can encourage. Whether you are dealing with difficult life transitions, grief, illness, anxiety, low self-esteem, sadness or simply would like someone to talk to who won’t judge you and will listen, perhaps counselling is the next step for you.
I use an Integrative Counselling approach. This means that I may draw on several different counselling theories and techniques, depending on what suits you as an individual. I don’t believe one counselling theory works for everyone. Models I may use in our work together include; Person-centred Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Counselling, Solution focussed therapy, Compassion focused therapy, Creative therapy and Mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques.
I believe the counselling sessions should be as collaborative as possible and together we can find the ways of working that are most beneficial to you and your specific issues.
Issues I work with include;
Coping with chronic illness
Divorce, separation, relationship issues
Body image and self-harm
Low self esteem
Pregnancy and birth
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD)
I offer a free telephone consultation, in which we can discuss your needs and arrange an initial session if you wish.
£45 per 50 minute session.
Fees can be paid by cash or cheque at the end of a session or by bank transfer.