Howard is a Psychotherapist, Consultant and Director of Men and Relationships Counselling.
He holds a Masters Degree in Counselling and Human Services and is a qualified member of the Australian Counselling Association. He provides individual psychotherapy consultations to men, women, fathers, mothers, grandparents, young adults and relationship counselling to couples.
Howard also designs and facilitates personal development, parent education and emotional skills workshops for men, women and couples.
Before entering private practice, he worked in the Mental Health Sector providing support to adults with psychiatric disabilities. His career spanned 16 years, half of which included organisational leadership and program management roles in designing, implementing, and facilitating recovery focused, rehabilitation programs.
Howard continues to provide external supervision and consultation to support staff, team leaders and managers within the Mental Health and Community Health sectors.
Howard and his associates specialise in working with men and those in relationship with them. He has a particular interest in the meta-emotion of men, that is the feeling about feelings and the messages men have been taught in regards to their emotional expression.
Howard has contributed to a growing community awareness of Post Natal Depression in Men and featured in an article published by Fairfax Media on the topic. He also appeared on Channel 9’s Weekend Today program discussing Post Natal Depression and the impact of pregnancy and birth on men’s lives and relationships.
Howard’s has recently participated in a discussion on Men and Depression on the Exchange TV program featured on Channel 31.
He is contributing articles on fatherhood to the Pregnancy, Babies and Children’s Parenting Insights magazine and is writing regularly on his Men and Relationships Blog.
As well as consulting clients, Howard has a number of ongoing projects.
‘Tune in to Kids’ is an evidence-based parenting program that focuses on the emotional connection between partners and children. The program has been through rigorous evaluations and randomised controlled trials conducted through the University of Melbourne. The trial shows positive outcomes for improving parent-child relationships and children’s emotional behaviour.
Tuning in to Kids is currently being delivered to parents at primary schools across Melbourne.
This is a modification of the ‘Tuning in to Kids’ program designed specifically for fathers.
Dads Tuning in to Kids includes some additional content of particular relevance to fathers, while still focusing on the core skills of emotion coaching and building a strong father-child connection.
Howard is becoming a sought after presenter and speaker in the community. He speaks on a range of topics including Men’s Mental Health, Relationships, Parenting and Fatherhood.