Welcome to the webpage of Dr. Libby Howell! As you navigate through this site, the hope is that you will understand more about the type of therapy that Dr. Howell provides and how it may benefit you personally. Additionally, many people across the lifespan may benefit from mental health services. It is important to seek out a therapist who is a good fit for you, as it is essential to seek out an experienced and qualified therapist whom you are comfortable with. Best wishes as you navigate through this process!
Libby Howell, Ed.D., LMFT is an Arizona licensed psychologist and is licensed by the state of Arizona as a marriage and family therapist. Dr. Howell has been in private practice for over 20 years, and has broad training in mental and physical health. She has an M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology, and a doctorate in Sports Counseling from Colombia University. She has completed postdoctoral training in marriage and family therapy and Ericksonian hypnotherapy. She has also had advanced training in Somatic Experiencing therapy and EMDR. She is a faculty member at Arizona State University in Clinical Psychology, supervising Doctoral students, and is former director of training for the Institute of Creative Change, an organization that promoted social construction and narrative approaches to change.
Dr. Howell's approach to working with clients is based on the assumption that all people have the strengths and inner resources, which can be accessed. The assumption is that by asking creative questions, we can generate new possibilities, which will enhance life choices. Dr. Howell works collaboratively with clients to develop stories that generate new ways of being in the world. Her counseling style may include cognitive behavior therapy, social construction, narrative therapy, systems therapy, and mindfulness.
She has three years in trauma training based on a holistic approach that the mind and body are one. When cognitive talk therapies do not work, as they ofter do not with trauma, working with the nervous system may be a more effective approach to healing.
As a psychologist, Dr. Howell does not prescribe medications, but may make a referral, or collaborate with physicians, R.N.'s, or psychiatrists when medication is indicated for the client. Dr. Howell works collaboratively with her clients who do not wish to take medication, offering holistic approaches to improving emotional well-being.
The range of Dr. Howell's services include individual psychotherapy for adolescents and adults, couples and family therapy, marriage counseling, women's groups, trauma resolution and mindfulness meditation.
Feel free to call if you would like to determine if your specific concerns are something Dr. Howell feels competent to address.
American Psychological Association
Arizona Psychological Association
Arizona Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
Arizona State University, Clinical Psychology Training Faculty
East Valley Psychological Association
Human Rights International