Ann Bell MBACP accredited. UKRCP
I am a BACP accredited counsellor/psychotherapist and EFT practitioner offering individual therapy and couples counselling. Clients seek counselling for a wide range of difficulties including relationship issues, depression, anxiety, anger management, bereavement, low self esteem, loss of confidence and the effects of sexual, physical and emotional abuse.
I have been counselling for over 16 years and in private practice for the last 9. Before that my experience included couples counselling at Relate for 3 years and with individuals in a local GP practice for 2 years, as well as for a local counselling agency for 5 years.
A psychodynamic training guides my thinking - this is a way of understanding how patterns from the past influence the present, often unhelpfully! Understanding these unconscious influences can then bring about change.
My aim is to create a safe, non-judgmental experience for my clients and to use my best endeavours to help us both understand the issues. Sessions take place in a self contained consulting room which is quiet, private and comfortable and looks out over pleasant gardens. Parking is available. Unfortunately, as there are steps into the room I cannot offer wheelchair access.
Sessions are normally between 9.00 am and 8.00 pm weekdays.
Training, qualifications & experience
Parentline telephone counselling 1996-1998
University of Hertfordshire Certificate in counselling 1996.
University of Hertfordshire Diploma in Professional Studies (Counselling) 2001
Relate training in couples counselling 1996-1998
WPF (Herts and Beds) Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling 1999-2001
WPF (Herts and Beds) Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling 2001-2003
BACP Accreditation 2004
EFT (Tapping) practitioner qualification level 2 2005
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have a great deal of experience of working with clients who are undergoing some sort of life crisis, e.g. redundancy, separation and divorce, mid life, retirement or bereavement.
I use Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) or 'tapping', when appropriate, for the relief of symptoms of anxiety and distress. I am also particularly interested in the connection between anxiety and some forms of physical illness.
£35-£40 per session for individuals
£40-£50 per session for couples
Reduced fees are available in certain circumstances
I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and work to their Code of Ethics.
I have 6 years experience of working successfully for EAPs (Employee Assistance Providers).
I can also provide counselling/therapy for counsellors in training
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
My normal working hours are weekdays between 9.00am and 8.00pm.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|