Maggie Bell, Counsellor/Hypnotherapist, (Bromley, Grove Park & Lewisham)BACP/GHR
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 based on more than 20 years NHS experience. Feel free to call on 07950 906421.
... with more than 20 years NHS experience working in mental health services (both inpatient psychiatric services and community mental health). As well as 10 years in private practice working in both the public and private sector.
COUNSELLING THERAPIES I OFFER:
Person Centred Therapy:
In brief Person Centred Therapy will focus on you the client; in a non-judgemental, empathic, no judgemental, warm and professional environment.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy:
In brief CBT is more symptomatic focussed; exploring the symtoms to identify any negative cycles that are repeating and thus building strategies to cope. Although in my experience if you are considering therapy, then you have already started to notice negative patterns repeating. In the CBT therapeutic model you explore and express what you are feeling, and with, like a therapist, such as myself, I can reflect back to you objectively, with empathy, what it sounds like from outside of you. Gradually you can then develop a more realistic perceptive picture and gain insight to the issues without the emotions overwhelming you and old negative patterns repeating.
In brief Psychodynamic Therapy is often referred to as childhood therapy. Within the psychodynamic model you can explore your childhood but not everyone feels they have had problems in their childhood. Some people even think they had a perfect childhood. Then within counselling memories may come back and connected to the current symtoms as patterns start to emerge.
Couple Counselling is very similar to the above therapies but the key is to focus on the issues that are effecting the relationship. I offer a 1:1 initially for each couple to give opportunity to both individuals to discuss their own personal goals within a couple counselling arrangement. Once I see a couple as a couple I do not see them for individual sessions thereafter, unless they both agree for one to stop and the other to continue for whatever ever reason.
I specialise in bereavement counselling and have come to learn in my professional and personal experience that bereavement of any kind is a process. If you have a life changing adjustment, a loss of something or someone then you will be within a process. The bereavement process cannot be avoided; it can be managed though. If we know where you maybe in the process then I believe there is a part of us that can take control of the emotions and feelings that come with loss; knowing that time heals and that things will start to feel better eventually. However, the process if not managed can impact negatively on relationships, jobs and even our own health.
In brief, I offer Integrative Therapy in terms of counselling combining the above therapies. The above therapies can be integrated or worked with the individual model. These talk therapies can also be combined with alternative therapies; which I am qualified to work with and have listed for your information below:
ALTERNATIVE AND ADDITIONAL THERAPIES I OFFER:
I am a qualified, experienced Hypnotherapist. Hypnotherapy works with your subconscious/unconscious mind, whereas mostly counselling therapies works with the conscious mind. The subconscious/unconscious mind is thought to be 90% leaving 10% conscious. It is a very gentle therapy where you will experience deep deep relaxation and positive suggestions to your unconscious/subconscious mind. Three sessions of Hypnotherapy integrated, or one session even, can be enough to balance the autonomic nervous system to give balance and ego strengthen the mind.
I trained in America to obtain a qualification in Hypnoanalysis called 5-path and 7-path. It is a structured method of working through issues from the past, that are effecting the here and how. The same can be worked through, in my opinion, within the Psychodynamic Model, depending on the client and the issue/s. Its not for everyone, however, if you feel that this therapy would be helpful...for example...if you have tried everything else, then I can help you to explore if this avenue of therapy with myself as a Hypnotherapist who specialises working ethically and sensitively in this area when required.
Eye-movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing:
EMDR has been proven to help with trauma related issues; I am qualified to use EMDR within the Counselling and Hypnotherapy Models. In my professional opinion, there are many different therapies that will help with different issues. It is about finding the right therapy for you and researching.
Fertile Body Method Practitioner:
I am a qualified FMB Practitioner who has had success with fertility when there has been a diagnosis of Unexplained Fertility. It is a gentle therapy that offers structure and support within a six step process. Usually when there is a diagnosis of Unexplained Fertility it often means that there is an underlying issues that is stopping the process. I am not medical in any way and my approach is purely to work on the issues relating to a psychological component.
I am a trained, qualified, Easi-birthing Therapist. Usually this therapy would commence at least 12 months before your due date.
Stop Smoking in one session:
Most smokers will say that smoking relaxes them. If you would like to stop smoking in a one-off session then I have a 99% success programme that I know works.
Licensed Hypnoband and Weight Control Practitioner:
Weight issues can arise at any time and for many different reasons. And it is not always because we are eating too much. As a weight practitioner for wellbeing I offer a comprehensive programme to look at the whole of you; your past, your present; your future, your experiences, your emotions, you triggers and much more, to really drill down to what the issues are and collaboratively work with you to become the person you really want to be...and weight is no different.
...ALL THERAPIES ABOVE CAN BE COMBINED AND INTEGRATED TO HELP YOU THE INDIVIDUAL PERSON, AND YOUR INDIVIDUAL NEEDS!!! I know it can be a lot to digest... so call me on 07950 906421 if you would like to process some of what you have read above. And thank you for reading this far...
WHY THERAPY NOW, WHO WITH AND WHERE?: (SCROLL DOWN AND SEE SOME OF THE ISSUES I WORK WITH AND WHERE I AM)...
You may have never had the need to consider therapy before, but the fact is that issues can arise at any time in anyone's life and can leave the person feeling troubled, or even feeling paralysed, and unable to move forward without knowing why.
Personal issues can be further complicated when they effect 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; which is so very important but often overlooked in troubled times.
THE THERAPIES THAT I OFFER ARE JUST A PART OF WHO I AM, WHAT I DO, AND A COMBINATION OF WHERE I HAVE BEEN ON MY OWN THERAPEUTIC PATHWAY AS A COUNSELLOR.IF YOU GET A FEELING OF CONNECTION AS YOU READ MY PROFILE THEN YOU KNOW THAT YOU CAN CALL ME ON 07950 906421 AND TAKE ADVANTAGE OF A COMPLIMENTARY PRE-INITIAL ASSESSMENT BASED ON YEARS OF PRACTICE; OVER 20 NHS YEARS EXPERIENCE AND NEARLY 12 YEARS NOW IN PRIVATE PRACTICE.
SOME THERAPIES I WORK WITH:
Anxiety: Anxiety is a natural feeling that comes when we think we are in danger; it can keep us safe. However, when there is no apparent reason for the anxiety it can be feel very scary. It is quite obvious when we are feeling anxious; but not always obvious as to why we are feeling what we are feeling. Feelings are a language that ought to be understood rather than ignored. Any mood state; including anxiety can be measured to a degree and categorised so that a therapeutic model can support the symptoms and thus the person. I would generally work with anxiety integratively most times, with the option of including some alternative therapies.
Anger:Anger is a natural emotion. However, when displaced it can effect our relationships with others, and ultimately the relationship with have with ourselves. Although anger is a natural emotion it is not good to bottle anger up. Any therapy model that allows the angry person to identify where the anger belongs so that they can tap into the negative energy (called anger) can allow enough space and insight then to channel that negative energy into a positive energy to achieve the unmet goals.
Panic Attacks: Panic attacks can just appear from what seems like nowhere. If you think you are experiencing panic attacks then rest assured there are lots of techniques you can use to get you through what may feel like a very uncontrolled state. I would generally work with Panick Attacks integratively most times, with the option of including some alternative therapies.
Health Anxiety: In my professional opinion Health Anxiety usually has its roots in a past experience or past experiences; sometimes going back to childhood You may have had Health Anxiety for a long time. The good news is that it can be dealt with and managed. I would generally work with Health Anxiety integratively most times, with the option of including some alternative therapies.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: OCD maybe effecting a person to a lesser or greater degree. It usually stems from childhood in my opinion. It can feel very distressing where a person can feel dysfunctional. I would generally work with OCD integratively most times, but with more emphasis on CBT & Psychodynamic Counselling; so as to explore the roots and manage the here and now.
Depression: Depression most times in my experience has its roots in the past, whereas anxiety has its roots more times in the future (in my experience). I have found it to be associated to repressed anger being internalised. Anger is a natural emotion that can be channelled positively outwardly like a motivator; as it is an energy, and any energy can be channelled positively. I would generally work toward you identifying where the anger belongs and teach you to channel that anger according to your desires. You do not have to feel stuck!
Stress: Internal stress and external stress combined can be a recipe for disaster. The good news is that it can be managed within a therapeutic model where you start to take control of the symptoms, stress and stressors. Stressors can come in many shapes and sizes. I would work with you exploring the stressors and managing the load.
A FLEXIBLE, POWERFUL, AUTONIMOUS, AND FRUITFUL APPROACH!!!
The flexible approach I offer allows opportunity to explore how the past may be affecting the present if that is required and more so what you want. 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 will see yourself more clearly in the here and now; and manage the here and now whilst preparing for the future, with professional unbiased help that will empower you to move towards taking control of the issues, rather than the issues taking control of you! AND BE WHO YOU REALLY ARE!!!
WHERE I PRACTICE:
I practice in my Cabin; set within the Green Chain Walk, where there is wildlife, nature, running water and a deep deep feeling of inner peace.
Set is set in a luxury setting...confidential, ornate, secluded and private...situated within The Green Chain Walk. With the smell of nature, sound of running water and wildlife.
Easy roadside, free parking.
Multiple walk links from Elmstead, Mottingham, Chislehurst, Grove Park, Bromley North and adjacent.
FREE CAR EASY CLOSE ROADSIDE PARKING, WITH NO RESTRICTIONS.
I am about a 15 minute walk away from Grove Park Train Station and Grove Park Bus Garage (Post Code: SE12 0PW). Or 10 minutes walk from the Toyota Car Garage in Burnt Ash (Post Code: BR1 5AJ). The 261 and the 126 stop right outside the Toyota Garage.
The local buses to Grove Park and the Toyoto Car Garage Bus Stop are 126, 261, 136. Other London Transport is available from Bromley Central, Hayes BR2, Beckenham BR3, West Wickham BR4, PettsWood BR5, Orpington BR5 & BR6, Chislehurst BR7, Swanley & Sevenoaks BR8, Grove Park SE12, Lewisham SE13, Forest Hill SE23, Sydenham SE26, Catford SE6. More Train Stations local are: Bromley South (Post Code: BR1 1LX) and Bromley North (Post Code: BR1 3NN). There are local cab offices at Grove Park, Bromley South and Bromley North that are not far away.
I am located at Grove Park and Bromley. You can park most times outside the premises with ease. I am fifteen minutes away from Grove Park Station if you are walking (taking the route through Chinbrook Meadows). Buses that pass this way are the 126, 261, 136 and there are more; 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 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 this stress-free, therapeutic setting, illustrated above, is an extra, to the service I offer.
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
Easi-birthing Specialist Practitioner
FERTILE BODY METHOD PRACTITIONER SPECIALIST
HEALTHY WEIGHT CONTROL DIPLOMA
Hypno-Band Weight Loss System Licensed Practitioner Specialist
SMOKING CESSATION DIPLOMA
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
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- 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 attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- 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
ANXIETY: I have always had a special interest in anxiety and its associations, how it develops both genetically and learned. Yes, it can be learned. And how anxiety is projected onto others. Anxiety is a vast subject in my experience and I continue to learn through my clients and my own experiences.
TRAUMA: I have an interest in recent years with regards to Trauma and how Trauma effects us. Most people have had a Trauma to a greater or lesser degree. What may effect one person may not effect another as much, and vice versa. I believe Trauma to be so personal. It is possible for a person to experience a Trauma and not even realise it; as the mind can repress Trauma to protect us. In my experience though the body has a memory. Working with the body can help to access the Trauma to start the healing process. I am not a Therapist to smash a nut with a sledge hammer. In my experience defences are there for a reason and need to be carefully managed.
FAMILY DYNAMICS/SYSTEMICS: Most clients have a family unit, or friendship unit of some kind or other. Over the years I have developed 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.
BULLYING/ABUSE (DOMESTIC AND CORPORATE):
Justice is very important to our wellbeing I think more than we realise. You have many rights as a human being. For example, you have the right to express yourself, the right to feel heard, the right to change your mind...and so on. Equality is a word that crops up here and there in the work place under Health and Safety. I developed my interest in this area whilst working for an Independent NHS Watchdog in my earlier life, and then later some years ago as a Union Representative for the GMB. It was then that I realised how important to myself that there is as much justice as possible. It cannot be perfect. But that does not stop us striving.
THE SELF RELATIONSHIP:
As a Counsellor working for many years with people having relationship problems. I have come to realise for a good amount of time now that your relationship with you is ultimately the most important relationship of all! Just focussing on yourself 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
- Existential therapy
- Family/systemic therapy
- Gestalt therapy
- Humanistic therapies
- Interpersonal therapy
- Person-centred therapy
- Play therapy
- Psychoanalytic therapy
- Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
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FREE, COMPLIMENTARY, PRE-INITIAL ASSESSMENT - Call 07950 906421 or text to arrange.
Counsellor Trainees (some places still available): £45.00
Young people under 25: £45.00
Adult Counselling: £55.00
Couples Counselling: £70.00
Telephone Counselling: £50.00
Online Counselling: £50.00
Hypnotherapy: £75.00 (up to 90 minutes)
Hypnotherapy for Fertility: £75.00 (up to 90 minutes)
Hypno-birthing: £75.00 (up to 90 minutes)
Hypnotherapy for weight issues: £75.00 (up to 90 minutes)
Hypno-band: £75.00 (up to 90 minutes)
Stop Smoking in ONE SESSION; (Easy Quit Programme) underpinned with CBT Counselling: £195.00 - 98% one session required. (up to 3 hour session)
Stop Smoking hypnoanalysis; parts therapy: £195 (up to 3 hour session)
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, and my thoughts about how you move forward therapeutically. 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 further 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.
Please read my article on Fertility
- Also registered with Hypnotherapy Directory
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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