Desiree Howell, Ph.D.

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Dr. Desiree Howell is dedicated to providing collaborative, compassionate support to help you through the many challenges in life.
 
She specializes in creating a safe space where you can be your authentic, full self and feel heard, understood, and respected while exploring the thoughts, feelings, behaviors, body sensations, and past experiences that contribute to your concerns and strengths. As a feminist, highly-sensitive person, and social justice advocate, Dr. Desiree is committed to living her values of integrity, curiosity, authenticity, and growth. 
 
DR. DESIREE CAN HELP YOU WITH:
 
  • Anxiety
  • Perfectionism 
  • Couples therapy
  • Burnout and Stress
  • Relational Trauma
  • Life Transitions
  • Career counseling

BENEFITS OF THERAPY WITH DR. DESIREE
 
  • Improving emotional safety, connection, & communication with your partner
  • Regulated nervous system for greater physical and inner peace
  • More self-confidence and empowerment
  • Healing from past experiences so they no longer impact your present and future 
  • Greater life balance
  • Feeling safe enough to create the life you desire (one that feels good, not just looks good)

DR. DESIREE USES THESE THERAPIES TO HELP
 
  • Counseling: Creating a safe, supportive environment where you can be your authentic self, process through emotions, consider new perspectives, increase coping skills, and work towards lasting change.

  • Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy (EFT): to help you see the pattern that you both get caught in, create more emotional safety and understanding, to increase the intimacy, fun, and tenderness of knowing how much you mean to each other

  • EMDR: ​​Build resources for self-soothing, unlock your body’s natural healing process, and view your painful experiences as situations that happened in the past but that no longer have to impact you now.

  • Relational-Cultural: The relationship (safety, trust, feedback, consistency, empathy, understanding) between client and therapist is the #1 predictor of success in mental health treatment. Dr. Desiree believes relationships/connection is the key to healing. Relationship with ourselves, loved ones, the planet, etc. Using the therapeutic relationship to practice new ways of thinking, feeling, and interacting can be a powerful way to heal and redesign your life outside of therapy.

  • Feminist: Power dynamics within the therapeutic relationship as well as society at large matter. We cannot ignore the systemic and environmental contexts in which we all live. Dr. Desiree respects and honors your expertise on yourself and your world. She is here as a guide to help you heal, not as an expert to "fix." Collaborative and empowering are her most authentic ways to work with others.

  • Coaching: When appropriate (and desired by the client), I can be very solutions-focused and results-oriented. I can help clients set clear goals, provide accountability for that progress, and work through the barriers that make concrete change so tough at times. I am strengths-based and empowering. Therapy with a coaching flavor can be absolutely transformative!

 
COST
 
  • $175 per 55-minute session (college students)
  • $200 per 55-minute session (individuals)
  • $225 per 55-minute session (couples)
  • I can provide a superbill for you to submit to your insurance company & help you verify your out-of-network  (OON) benefits

 
LOCATION
 
Online throughout the states of Florida and Pennsylvania
 
 
EDUCATION
 Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University
Licensed Psychologist
EMDR trained
Trained in premarital counseling & EFT for couples


Dr. Desiree Howell Reaches

Philadelphia PA
St. Petersburg FL