Harriet Doward

Harriet Doward

Registered Member MBACP

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Therapist - St. Albans

St. Albans AL1
Sessions from £65.00



From January 2024 I will accepting new clients.

I have daytime availability on Mondays and Thursdays

I have limited evening availability on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

About me and my therapy practice

My role as your therapist is to provide a safe and empathic environment where you feel confident to share difficult issues in a confidential setting without fear of any judgement. We will work together to find new perspectives by identifying and challenging old patterns and barriers in order to help forge change and move forward. 

I work with both older adolescents and adults on a wide range of issues such as anxiety, depression, self-harm, attachment disorders, ante and post-natal depression, addiction, trauma, bereavement and loss. 

The key to a successful counselling relationship is the connection between therapist and client. Making a commitment to counselling is a potentially life-changing decision which requires courage and trust.

Practice description

I trained in Gestalt Therapy, a therapeutic approach which encourages a better understanding of how we relate to ourselves and others and the subsequent impact we carry both emotionally and physically. There is inevitably some looking back in order to understand how patterns became set and affect how we behave in the present. Understanding the past can bring understanding, growth and change. I will work with you to challenge unhelpful past behaviours and learn new ways of "being" in the world.

“It is astonishing how elements that seem insoluble become soluble when someone listens, how confusions that seem irremediable turn into relatively clear flowing streams when one is heard”. Carl Rogers

Whilst working with Sixth Form students for the past 5 years I have developed a particular interest in the psychological impact our school years have on our adult lives and have undertaken additional training on the following areas:

Working with Adolescent / Adult Mental Health

Working with Women Boarding School Survivors - a workshop for therapists

The Forgotten Teenager - a Gestalt approach

Boarding School Syndrome - The Psychological Trauma(s) of "Privileged" - Joy Schaverien with boarding school survivors, 

I work with clients over 18 years of age.

My first session

I offer an initial free consultation by telephone to give you the opportunity to ask me any questions and decide if you would like us to work together.

What I can help with

Abuse, Anxiety, Bereavement, Depression, Eating disorders, Identity issues, Loss, OCD, Post-traumatic stress, Self esteem, Self-harm, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Trauma, Women's issues

Types of therapy

Gestalt, Humanistic, Integrative

Clients I work with

Adults, Older adults, Young people

How I deliver therapy

Long term sessions, Long-term face-to-face work, Online therapy, Short term sessions, Short-term face-to-face work

Languages spoken

English, French