Desiree Howell, Therapist in St. Petersburg, Florida — Zencare
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Desiree Howell

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Psychologist, PhD
Florida, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Washington DC, Texas, New Jersey, Washington Accepting Online
St. Petersburg, Rittenhouse Square Not Accepting In-person
Updated November 29, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Adjustment difficulties & disorders
  • Anxiety
  • College & graduate student mental health
  • Perfectionism
  • Women's issues
  • Burnout

Professional statement

Dr. Desiree Howell is a Psychologist providing online therapy for adults throughout Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and all PsyPact states. Dr. Howell enjoys working with high-achieving college students and career-oriented adults who place enormous pressure on themselves to “keep it together.” Her clients are perfectionists who appear confident on the outside, however are filled with frustrating self-doubt. Many of Dr. Howell’s clients are women who want to have both a successful career and a connected family life, and stress themselves out trying to make it happen. This can lead to burnout that looks like emotional fatigue, lack of motivation, disconnection from the self and others, a quick temper, or even anger.

Dr. Howell’s approach to therapy is trauma-informed, which means that she prioritizes creating a safe and secure atmosphere in each therapy session, especially for clients who have trauma histories. By showing clients that therapy is a time to express their authentic emotions, she then helps them sort through their internalizations about themselves and their value. She practices Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy with clients who need additional support in moving past difficult and painful memories. She also encourages clients to look at their current issues with an attachment-focused lens to learn from their past experiences.

Dr. Howell earned a PhD from Ball State University. She is an advocate for equality and often brings feminism and social justice themes into her work with clients. Her goal is to collaborate with clients of all identities and backgrounds on reaching their mental health goals.


Message to clients

Therapy isn’t one-size-fits-all so I work collaboratively with you to create a personalized journey that we move through together at your own pace. You are the expert on you, so with our combined strengths, we can create safety to confidently navigate the path of healing and empowerment.

My style is warm, active, genuine, transparent, and humorous (when appropriate). I believe the foundation of successful therapy is a relationship in which you feel safe, heard, understood, & respected.

Using trauma-informed and holistic strategies, we will explore and practice skills related to boundary setting, self-care, relationships, understanding body sensations, & unlearning unhelpful messages from society & personal past events, to ultimately, figure out what your nervous system needs to feel safe so you can better trust your own inner wisdom.  

You don’t need to try harder, you need to feel safer. Your needs matter and you deserve a life that feels good, not just one that looks good.


Specialties

Adjustment difficulties & disorders - Support around adapting to new and/or challenging life circumstances; skill-building for improved stress management and reduction of anxiety.

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

College & graduate student mental health - Specialized strategies for common issues of young adulthood, including school and career stressors, support around healthy relationships, existential concerns, drug or alcohol issues, eating disorders, and anxiety and/or depression.

Perfectionism - Coping with feelings of anxiety, stress, self-criticism, and procrastination; addressing unrealistic expectations of one’s self and negatively comparing self to others

Women's issues - Therapy tailored to common concerns among women; providing a safe and understanding space to address life challenges, stressors, and questions around identity as a woman

Burnout - Managing and recovering from stressors that lead to feelings of decreased motivation and disconnection from the self; practicing effective self-care and finding ways to relax both physically and mentally




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

Desiree Howell is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $200 (55min)
  • Couples sessions: $250 (55min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Credit Card
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Every other week
Therapist's note

I have partnered with a company called "Superbill" who can submit paperwork to your insurance company for you to make using your out-of-network benefits easier.


Location(s)

Online Sessions (Florida)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 10 am-4 pm
  • Wed 10 am-4 pm
  • Thu 10 am-4 pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (Pennsylvania)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 10 am-4 pm
  • Wed 10 am-4 pm
  • Thu 10 am-4 pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

St. Petersburg practice
Not accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 10 am-4 pm
  • Wed 10 am-4 pm
  • Thu 10 am-4 pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Rittenhouse Square practice
Not accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 10 am- 4pm
  • Wed 10 am-4 pm
  • Thu 10 am-4 pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (Georgia)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 10 am-4 pm
  • Wed 10 am-4 pm
  • Thu 10 am-4 pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (Washington DC)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 10 am to 4 pm
  • Wed 10 am to 4 pm
  • Thu 10 am to 4 pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (Texas)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 10 am to 4 pm
  • Wed 10 am to 4 pm
  • Thu 10 am to 4 pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (New Jersey)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 10 am to 4 pm
  • Wed 10 am to 4 pm
  • Thu 10 am to 4 pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (Washington)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 10 am to 4 pm
  • Wed 10 am to 4 pm
  • Thu 10 am to 4 pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 8 years

Pennsylvania State University, Externship Coordinator & Staff Psychologist, 2014 - 2020
University of Florida's Counseling & Wellness Center, Psychology Intern, 2013 - 2014

Ball State University, Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, 2014


Licensure

Florida: TPPY889

Pennsylvania: PS017987

Georgia: PSY004639

Washington DC: 11106

New Jersey: 11106

Washington: 11106

Texas: 11106


Languages

English