Dr. Desiree Howell is a Psychologist providing online therapy for adults throughout Florida and Pennsylvania. 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 harmful 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.
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
Desiree Howell is not in-network with any insurances.
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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