Maggie Bell, Counsellor, Hypnotherapist & Personal Coach (Bromley & Lewisham)
07950 906421 / 07704 455944
Hello, my name is Maggie Bell and I am a fully qualified Counsellor registered with BACP and qualified Hypnotherapist registered with the GHR & Personal Neuro-linguistic Practitioner Coach (NLP). I offer a FREE PRE-INITIAL ASSESSMENT with no obligation. I have more than 25 years NHS experience working in mental health services (both inpatient psychiatric services and community mental health). As well as 8 years in private practice working in both the public and private sector.
Where I practice:
As you can see above; I work in a very PRIVATE, NATURAL, ORNATE, SECLUDED AND CONFIDENTIAL SETTING that is also warm and professional; with the sound of running water, the smell of nature, where there is colour and wildlife which is situated adjacent to the Green Chain Walk. There are no parking restrictions and you can mostly park right outside my premises. There are multiple walk links (cut through) to access where I am situated easily as well as a good local London Transport.
There are NO PARKING RESTRICTIONS where I practice; you can park, more or less, outside the premises. I am close to Grove Park Train Station. Some buses like the 126, 261 are local and there are others that you may want to check depending upon where you are coming from.
I believe the environment to be a very important aspect of our wellbeing, and therapy is no different. SEE BELOW SOME IMAGES OF WHERE I PRACTICE:
THERAPIES I OFFER:
One to one therapy with a qualified counsellor can help you to discover who you really are, and give you a clearer visualisation, and strengthen all your senses to enable you to see yourself from your outside world more clearly. When we can only see ourselves from the inside looking out, we can feel emotionally entwined and maybe become entangled in negative patterns and thus feelings, which may cloud vision of your true-self and thus stop you moving forward.
In a healthy therapeutic alliance (a good client/therapist relationship), the presence of good rapport is key to a positive experience, where therapist empathy (understanding) is very important. Rapport and understanding enhance connection. When we feel understood we feel more able to connect and build trust.
I will strive to understand you, without judgement to build a healthy therapeutic alliance, that is warm and professional and, of course, ethical.
Once you are on a healthy therapeutic journey with a therapist that you feel connect to, with the above in place, you will start the process of understanding the issues as well as yourself better, so that you can pave the way, and build strategies that will enable and empower you to manage the issues and be the person you want to be; and thus achieve your optimum physically and psychologically, whilst taking control of what you can...and the pebble drops into the pond and the ripples go out. Some people spend so much time and energy trying to control what they cannot - gaining insight into what we cannot control, or do not even need to, relieves anxiety and stress.
INTEGRATIVE COUNSELLING (Personal Centred, CBT & Psychodynamic):
... offers 3 main theoretical psychological therapies; Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Humanistic (person Centred), (see below more); which allows a very flexible approach, which also allows for working within any one of these approaches depending upon what you are looking for in terms of psychological support.
HUMANISTIC / PERSON CENTRED THERAPY:
... in summary focusses on you feeling understood (empathy) in a warm and professional environment (where trust can build) where you will not feel judged. This is a very important aspect of any therapy and needs to be right for healthy growth; just like a see planted in the right kind of soil to grow strong healthy roots.
COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY (CBT)
... in summary establishes the symptoms and learning the negative patterns that will be repeating. To be honest most people have already started to identify negative patterns when looking for professional therapy, however, with trained professional experienced therapist (acting as your outside world in therapy), reflecting back to you a bigger picture where the therapist is not emotionally held back within the process, you can then start to visualise your bigger picture and make it tangible, and access it to consciously make changes. This therapy has the option of working in the session and then, if you want, having work to apply to outside of the session. This can provide a paper trail where you can then see your progress within a therapeutic approach, however. this may not be something you would want to engage in, for one reason or another, and so if that is the case; we work with the way that is best for you where I will tailor the work to your individual needs as a person and the natural strengths you hold.
... in summary focusses on looking at your past, maybe as far back as childhood, or maybe not so far back, but certainly looking back at what might be affecting the here and now, as part of the problems, and thus relevant to the issues being experienced. Experiences over time can become distorted, misunderstood, and /or your recall is very accurate. Either way distorted and misunderstandings can be explored as well as negative experiences that you accurately remember can be worked through in a safe environment with a satisfactory outcome.
As, already communicated, the above therapies are a summary only; of an combined integrative approach, and one may feel more prominent individually at certain times in the process - however, you will not overall notice the integration as that is my work, albeit I feel it is important for you to understand the process in order to be able to make an informed choice or decision as to whether you feel this would be helpful. What you will notice is a very flexible approach where you will start to feel autonomous over the symptoms and thus take control of them and other areas of your life.
NLP (Personal Coaching):
As mentioned, I am also an NLP Practitioner. I feel my life coaching expertise allows for a broader approach in that once the issues are identified, life coaching can be very useful in building your motivation to move forward; ie channelling any negative into positive and building you to be the person you feel you want to be. There is more information about my life coaching service on the following link: http://www.lifecoach-directory.org.uk/lifecoaches/maggie-bell
HYPNOTHERAPY, CBT & NLP:
.... youmay be interested to know I am also a fully qualified Hypnotherapist registered with the GHR (General Hypnotherapy Register). Hypnotherapy can be very effective where appropriate for relaxation purposes, and helping with issues such as anxiety and other issues that have a psychological component. My hypnotherapy skills, underpinned with (CBT) Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and/or NLP Neuro-linguistic Programming, I feel allows me to work even more flexibly where you as a client have the option at any stage of experiencing deep relaxation to help achieve your personal goals where appropriate and if you so do desire. There is more information about my hypnotherapy service on the following link: http://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/counsellor_22280.html
... works with your unconscious/subconscious mind, and is excellent for incorporating where you want to build your self esteem, or confidence, or as already mentioned just to experience some relaxation techniques - there is a free CD on offer where appropriate.
... can help individuals in a relationship to see themselves more clearly and how their individual past experiences, and other external factors, impact on their relationship. Relationship therapy can also help both individuals see the relationship as a whole, from the 'outside' looking in, rather than just staying caught up in the emotional turmoil, and therefore only able to see the relationship from the 'inside' looking out, and feeling weighed down in the current viscous cycle further complicated by past individual negative experiences and misunderstandings and external factors. Couple counselling is different from 1:1 therapy in that the therapy focusses on the relationship and only the parts of each individual that effect this (either positive or negatively)
ISSUES & SPECIALISMS:
Anxiety may appear in the form of many different presentations. It can feel symptomatic of other more serious conditions and exacerbates the symptoms. In my experience anxiety can feel very scary. This is a field that I have come to know more about due to it being so common today.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Hypnotherapy can both helpful therapies to improve anxiety issues.
I specialist in bereavement counselling and continue to work with people who are experiencing the grieving process, as well as people who are endeavouring to come to terms with any huge life changing event.
Bereavement Counselling can help you to learn where you are in the bereavement process and work through it. The bereavement process is connected to all kinds of loss; loss of person or person/s through death, the loss of a job, or a relationship, or even your confidence as you once knew it to be positive.
Humanistic / Person Centred therapy can be helpful therapy when you are in the initial process of a loss bereavement, or a life changing adjustment. With the progression of managing the symptoms you may want to then consider CBT or NLP to help you move on, and get back to where you were, or where you want to be.
Fertile Body Practitioner:
I am a Fertile Body Practitioner and therefore specialise in fertility issues using the Fertile Body Method. The Fertile Body Method (FBM) is structured and specialises in working through six stages relating to fertility.
I specialise in weight control and I am a Hypno-Band Weight Loss System Licensed Practitioner. The Hypnoband is a specialised 4/5 stage process of working under hypnosis, underpinned with CBT. I am a licensed practitioner.
Weight Control & Healthy Eating:
Weight Control & Healthy Eating, using hypnotherapy, CBT, and NLP, with a focus on the underlying issues in addition to the symptoms, and moving forward to the person you want to be, and take control of the compounding issues that may be forming, or have been forming for quite a time.
You maybe using cigarettes as a way of coping with the issues; I specialise in STOP SMOKING IN ONE-TWO HOUR SESSION. 95% success rate.
I have a history of many years working in the NHS; ie the community healthcare sector, inpatient mental health services, primary care, secondary care... this experience has allowed me to help and support people experiencing anxiety, depression, eating disorders, relationship issues, addictions, and other issues alike.
For a period of time I worked briefly in education, as an addition to the above, working with primary school children aged between 5 and 11 years. As well as working with this particular age group in the educational milieu, I developed a greater awareness and understanding of the huge demands and stresses that are placed on both the education professionals that support the students, as well as the students themselves and their families, and I continue to work with education professionals in private practice, however, the range of people I work with seem to be growing more and more.
As mentioned above, I am an integrative Counsellor which means I combine more than one therapy. The therapies that I combine are Person Centred, CBT and Psychodynamic, or, I can work within any of these therapies solely where appropriate. I am also a trained bereavement and relationship counsellor. I am further qualified to practice hypnotherapy.
I am also a Fertile Body Practitioner, which means I am especially qualified to work with people trying to get pregnant through IVF or other, with the Fertile Body Method. The areas I specialise within allow me to work with an individual ie (client focussed), and/or couples; (relationship focussed), short and/or long term.
I have mentioned above that my general approach is integrative; Humanistic (person centred), Cognitive Behavioural (thoughts and feelings and repeated negative patterns), and Psychodynamic (childhood and/or past issues/experiences).
Counselling/psychotherapy relates mostly to your conscious mind. Hypnotherapy relates more to your unconscious/subconscious mind. Some people feel more comfortable with counselling/psychotherapy (talk therapy) and others like the flexibility of adding in some hypnotherapy even for just relaxation, and hypnotherapy is very relaxing and can teach a person just how to relax. Ultimately I will help you to choose the pathway relevant to your needs as an individual.
I believe the journey of therapy can very much benefit from an therapeutic environment where your natural senses will be heightened, giving opportunity for liberating inner emotions within a safe space where you will feel held and supported and thus become more clearly connected (aware) of the current issues and their roots, and the options that are available, and with help identify the changes that can bring more balance to your life. My Practice is furnished with a log burner and other therapeutic extras I feel are an extra to the service I offer. Both the internal area and surrounding grounds are therapeutic, peaceful and calming - see pics and images below.
I believe the environment to be a very important aspect of our wellbeing, and therapy is no different just like I believe that the body and mind work in tandem, ie Your mind works with your body and vice-versa.
I believe that all your senses in the environment below can be raised earlier to their optimum to help you experience a therapeutic journey that is individual to you, where you feel free to explore, and relax into the journey, your own individual unique journey, without distraction.
I feel the the stress free, therapeutic setting, illustrated above, is an extra, to the service I offer.
Issues can arise at any time in anyones life and can leave the person feeling troubled, or even feeling paralyzed, and unable to move forward without knowing why. Personal issues can be further complicated when they effect our relationships; especially relationships that are very important to us, such as with our loved ones, our jobs, and ultimately the relationship with have with ourselves; very important but often overlooked in troubled times.
Integrative therapy allows to gently explore and find the roots of the current issue/s and thus gives the opportunity to explore how the past may be affecting the present. When you have a clearer picture of the past and a better understanding of why you are, where you are, (ie the issues you are experiencing), you can then see yourself more clearly in the here and now and prepare for the future, and with professional unbiased help become empowered to move towards taking control of the issues, rather than the issues taking control of you! and keeping you stuck.
Hypnotherapy is available if you want to experience deep relaxation and an additional therapy that focusses on the unconscious/subconscious mind as well as the conscious mind.
NLP helps you to identify your natural strengths and build upon them, and acknowledging who you are as a person, based on your pathway to where you are now, and acknowledging and dealing with difficulties; exploring new ways of flexible thinking and thus achieving a well formed outcome.
Please feel free to call me, or text me, on 07950 906421 to discuss further in a free consultation.
Training, qualifications & experience
NHS Patient Advocate
NHS Mental health services
Private long term, and short term, therapy
Short term GP surgery counselling
Private long term & short term bereavement counselling
Bromley Behavioural Unit (primary schools)
My qualifications and training:
HIGHER NATIONAL DIPLOMA IN COUNSELLING
DIPLOMA IN HYPNOTHERAPY
Working with Common Tensions in Relationships
Fertile Body Method Practitioner Specialist
Healthy Weight Control with Hypnotherapy Specialist
Hypno-Band Weight Loss System Licensed Practitioner Specialist
Stop Smoking with Hypnotherapy Specialist
I am a very experienced, thoughtful and empathic, geniuinely caring fully qualified Counsellor and Hypnotherapist.
I have up-to-date enhanced CRB clearance 2013.
I maintain continued professional development training in Counselling & Hypnotherapy.
I have full professional indemnity insurance.
I undergo regular monthly professional supervision as stipulated by my governing bodies.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have a particular interest in family dynamics and family therapy and how they impact on individuals within the family, and then repeat in further relationships external to the family. If you are in a relationship and are, or feel you are, feeling alone in looking after someone that has issues that are effecting you, then I would say to you that "helping" or "help" comes in many different ways and sometimes just requires initially focussing on ourselves before we can enhance our relationships with others, and thus help others maybe to help themselves.
I enjoy working with both older and younger adults as well as young people experiencing anxiety (very restless), depression (low mood), bullying and/or harassment in the workplace or any other, emotional and/or physical abuse, sexuality issues, personality issues, substance dependence, low self-esteem, anger, bereavement, PTSD, addiction, relationship issues, stress and dementia.
Your relationship with you is ultimately the most important relationship of all! Just focussing on oneself will help you in relationships, with your family, your work colleagues, your friends, your partner and more - but I also want to say that therapy can help with so much more as we are all individuals and therefore no two experiences of therapy will be the same.
Thank you for taking the time to read the above information - I hope it has been informative and helpful enough for you to now be in a better position to know your next step forward.
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
- Family/systemic therapy
- Gestalt therapy
- Humanistic therapies
- Interpersonal therapy
- Person-centred therapy
- Play therapy
- Psychoanalytic therapy
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PROFESSIONAL PRE-INITIAL ASSESSMENT:
FREE OF CHARGE
COUNSELLING (INTEGRATIVE: CBT, PSYCHODYNAMIC, HUMANISTIC) ONE TO ONE:
From £35.00 (concessionary) - £60.00 per therapeutic session (50 minutes) - FREE EASY ROADSIDE PARKING & NO ROOM DEPOSIT REQUIRED.
COUNSELLING COACHING, ONE TO ONE:
From £35.00 (concessionary) - £70.00 per therapeutic session; (60 minutes), £85.00 per therapeutic session; (75 minutes). - FREE EASY ROADSIDE PARKING & NO ROOM DEPOSIT REQUIRED.
COUPLE / RELATIONSHIP COUNSELLING:
£50.00 (concessionary) - £70.00 per therapeutic session (1 hour) - FREE EASY ROADSIDE PARKING & NO ROOM DEPOSIT REQUIRED.
HYPNOTHERAPY WITH CBT AND/OR NLP:
£65.00 (concessionary) - £85.00ea up to 90 minute therapeutic session including (FOR A LIMITED TIME) a complimentary personalised CD of your individual session/s where appropriate. - FREE EASY ROADSIDE PARKING & NO ROOM DEPOSIT REQUIRED.
STOP SMOKING IN ONE TWO-HOUR SESSION):
£195.00. (approximately 2 hours). - FREE EASY ROADSIDE PARKING & NO ROOM DEPOSIT REQUIRED.
HYPNOBAND IN FIVE SESSIONS:
£500.00 (includes a complimentary CD of the personalised recordings plus additional CDs), where appropriate. (up to 90 minutes). - FREE EASY ROADSIDE PARKING & NO ROOM DEPOSIT REQUIRED.
WEIGHT LOSS AND WEIGHT MANAGEMENT & CONROL:
£85.00 per session including for a complimentary CD of your personalised session where appropriate (up to 90 minutes) - FREE EASY ROADSIDE PARKING & NO ROOM DEPOSIT REQUIRED.
PERSONAL NLP COACHING FOR LIFE DIRECTION, WORKING WITH YOUR PERSONAL BLUE PRINT, LOOKING AT WHERE YOU ARE NOW, AND WHERE YOU WANT TO BE.
£70.00 per session (60 minutes) or £85 (75 minutes). - FREE EASY ROADSIDE PARKING & NO ROOM DEPOSIT REQUIRED.
Please feel free to start the journey of therapy and text me or call me on 07950 906421 to arrange a FREE OF CHARGE pre-initial assessment. Alternatively you can e-mail me on the above link.
There will be absolutely no obligation - I will be delighted to hear from you. The FREE OF CHARGE pre-initial assessment allows for me to communicate how I work and, if you want to, discuss the main issues. This will help for you to get to know me a little bit (and me you), and then feed back to you my thoughts and discuss with you your options that I feel may be available to you to move forward.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Registered with The British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy & The General Hypnotherapy Register.
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Maps & Directions
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Types of client
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Supervision & training
My name is Maggie Bell and I am able to offer supervision that is cost effective if you are in training. Please feel free to call me, or text me, on 07950 906421 to arrange a FREE telephone consultation. Cost effective also applies to if you are looking for counselling as a trainee counsellor.View supervision profile