Deborah Howard

A Therapist you can trust

My own life experiences lead me towards a career as a psychotherapist, so after graduating from Queens University, Belfast with a BSc in Psychology, I went on to complete a Certificate in Counselling Studies and a Certificate in Counselling Skills.

Following this, I completed a DipHe in Counselling and a PgDip in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, and I became a UKCP accredited Psychotherapist in 2009. I have been working full time as a psychotherapist since.

As well as being qualified as an adult Psychotherapist, I went on to obtain the Child Marker from UKCP, meaning I am also specifically qualified to work with children and adolescents, and I am also a Registered Member of the National Counselling Society.

My area of speciality is eating disorders, and I am qualified as a Master Practitioner in the treatment of Eating Disorders and Obesity.
I hold a Diploma in Eating Disorder Practitioner Skills, Diploma in Nutritional Interventions, and a Diploma in Obesity.
Although I specialize in this area, I work with a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, abuse, trauma, relationship difficulties, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, bereavement, child-related issues, family issues, low self-esteem, stress, plus many other issues.


Eating Disorder Specialist in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Throughout my practice I have been fortunate to work as a therapist in a range of settings including private, voluntary, charity, community, primary and post-primary schools, and I have worked with a wide range of client groups and issues.

I believe that every client is different, as are his/her needs. Their history, experiences, and life to date have shaped them into a unique individual, with their own unique thoughts, feelings, and beliefs. Therefore, in my opinion, a one-size-fits-all approach does not work. As an Integrative Psychotherapist, I tailor the way I work to meet your individual needs, making the psychotherapy as unique as you are.

I am an approved therapist for several insurance companies including BUPA, Allianz, Aviva and Vitality, so if you are a policyholder you may be entitled to attend therapy, with the cost being covered by your insurance company.

I practice in a safe and ethical way, adhering to the UKCP Professional Code of Ethics. I am also a Registrant Member of the National Counselling Society, which is a register accredited by the Government and which has also been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
To continually update my professional development I also attend regular and relevant training and supervision.

Areas of counselling I deal with

  • Abortion
  • Abuse
  • Addiction(s)
  • Affairs & Betrayals
  • Anger Management
  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Anxiety
  • Asperger’s syndrome
  • Attachment disorder
  • Bereavement
  • Binge-eating disorder
  • Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
  • Body dysmorphic disorder
  • Bulimia nervosa
  • Bullying
  • Cancer
  • Career
  • Carer support
  • Child related issues
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome /ME
  • Depression
  • Disabilities
  • Dissociation
  • Domestic violence
  • Eating disorders
  • Emotional abuse
  • Family issues
  • Gender dysphoria
  • Generalised anxiety disorder
  • Hoarding
  • Infertility
  • Low self-confidence
  • Low self-esteem
  • Miscarriage
  • Obsessive complusive disorder (OCD)
  • Panic Disorder
  • Passive aggressive behaviour
  • Personality disorders
  • Phobias
  • Physical abuse
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Postnatal depression
  • Pregnancy and birth
  • Redundancy
  • Relationship issues
  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
  • Self-harm
  • Separation and divorce
  • Sexual abuse
  • Sexuality
  • Stress
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Trauma
  • Work-related stress
In Addition to my professional qualifications I’ve also completed a number of specialist training courses :
  • EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique)
  • Suicide
  • Anger Management
  • Emotional Resilience
  • Stress Busting
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Bullying: Perpetrators & Victims
  • Hidden Harm : Alcohol & Drug Abuse
  • Working with Special Educational Needs
  • Note taking and practice issues
  • Responding to Critical Incidents
  • Bereavement
  • Sexual Identity
  • Working with trauma
  • Working with sexual abuse
  • Self Harm
  • Play & Playfulness for Clinical Work
  • Child Exploitation
  • Working with Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • Child Protection & Safeguarding
  • The Psychological Experience of Practical Care in Babyhood
  • Safety Online
  • Caring for a Loved one with an eating disorder