Dr Cate Howell is a GP and therapist, researcher, lecturer and author. She has over 30 years of training and experience in the health area, with a special interest in mental health and assisting individuals experiencing life stresses or crises. Cate holds a Bachelor in Applied Science (Occupational Therapy), a Bachelor of Medicine, a Bachelor of Surgery, a Masters in Health Service Management and a Doctor of Philosophy (Medicine).
She also has a Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis and has trained in Couple Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Interpersonal Therapy. She has travelled internationally to present research findings on depression and has been published in a number of academic journals. The author of three books, in 2012 Cate was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for services to medicine, particularly mental health, and professional organizations.
Care and Nursing Magazine, January 2017
“A guide for working professionals to improve communication skills and how they relate to, and assist their clients.” – Listening, Learning, Caring and Counselling up front and centre in the latest issue of Care and Nursing Magazine.
Heather Sheppard, Counsellor
“Within this book I found an encyclopaedia for caring. Listening, Learning, Caring and Counselling explores many different counselling modalities allowing the reader to choose, through clever presentation of the information, the right “tool” for the issue at hand, while always giving permission for the carer or practitioner to remain unique to their strengths. Equally, the text is relatable to the uniqueness of each client. As a counsellor, I found that what was familiar and hidden in dozens of books is available to me in one text book. Not only does Dr Cate Howell offer processes and modalities, she gives solid references and quality experience to present a valuable resource that is Listening, Learning, Caring and Counselling.”
“Dr Howell’s book is a wonderful resource for a clinician like me. It works on several levels; it is both an inclusive resource and a quick go to solution depending on the situation.
Part 1 was an interesting review for me as to how the counselling process works and provided many useful suggestions for day to day clinical practice. Part 2 shows how to integrate existing therapy approaches taking the most practical and useful components of each always with the emphasis on listening to show practical approaches for managing a series of common problems such as anger, depression and stress and anxiety.
The final self-care chapter is very helpful; whether you have provided counselling services for many years or are just beginning. Cate recommends that we use some of the exercises within the book and provides practical suggestions to recognize early when we too need help. This book enables a busy clinician like me to dip in and out and find useful hints and strategies and the inclusion of relevant apps and websites is most helpful.
It will be most helpful to have access to the eBook version while working enabling me to print off useful resources provided in the appendix.” — Dr Meredith Frearson, General Practitioner, Adelaide Healthcare Adelaide
“This book feels like knowledgeable, caring, wise guidance from a teacher and mentor. I hope Dr. Howell’s work gets widespread exposure outside Australia. What she has to say is important for all of us in the healthcare professions.” – Read the full review here.
Counselling Today, September 2016
“At the center of any professional caring role is listening attentively and empathically to the concerns, narratives and needs of others. But to develop the skills of listening, learning, caring and counselling, practitioners need support and training. This is an authoritative and comprehensive guide designed to fill that role. A highly accessible reference work full of ideas and techniques, this book emphasizes how health professionals can assist clients as they work through the issues with which they commonly present, including depression, relationship issues, trauma, anxiety, anger and grief. Case studies and tips for everyday practice make it a practical resource.”
Link Magazine, August 2016
Listening, Learning, Caring & Counselling as featured in the August issue of Link Magazine