Diana Bell ~ Counsellor MBACP (Reg) Buckhurst Hill~ supporting adults & children
Are you are feeling anxious, stressed or depressed ? Feel a bit low or lack confidence ? Or perhaps someone close to you has died, in which case you may be feeling numb, confused, angry or in shock ? Struggling to cope with relationships at work or home ? Perhaps you feel like you have no-one to talk to about this in depth. I am a fully qualified Counsellor offering a safe, confidential space for you to explore your issues and make positive changes and find ways to cope better.
It can be a challenge to find a Counsellor who feels right for what you are looking for, there are so many choices and different approaches in counselling, it can feel confusing at times ~ Where to start ?
What to do ?
I am an experienced Humanistic Integrative Counsellor working with adults - also working with children and young people - qualifying in 2003, with over 13 years’ experience working with both adults and children in a variety of settings.
Seeing a Counsellor may well be a way of reconnecting with yourself, evaluating your life and enabling you to make good, clear decisions and positive changes.
I worked as a Telephone Counsellor for over 10 years, within a health company, working with a wide range of issues. I worked part time for MIND in West Essex for nearly 2 years and have 4 years experience as a School Counsellor, working with primary aged children - I have also worked with teenagers. For safe, ethical practice, I have a clear, up to date DBS check (formerly known as CRB) in order to work with vulnerable adults, children and young people and hold full liability insurance.
My training was Humanistic / Integrative; Humanistic counselling tends to work in the 'here and now', aiming to support clients to recognise their own strengths, creativity and choices. Integrative counselling means I draw from different theoretical approaches to find what suits the needs of each individual client, for example it may be beneficial to look back at childhood experiences and patterns in relationships.
People come to counselling for a range of reasons and my approach to therapy is informed by many different perspectives, allowing me to tailor counselling sessions based on individual client's needs; this can be talking one to one within counselling - or, being more creative, if found to be more appropriate at times - working with other creative media, such as using elements of abstract painting, drawing or role play - using elements of art or drama therapy.
I am a Registered Member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and work to their ethical framework. As a professional Counsellor, I am committed to on-going learning (Continuing Professional Development), training attended includes workshops with Place2Be on Attachment, Group Work, Working with Difference and Endings.
Here are other examples of courses / CPD workshops I have attended:
- Foundation in Art Therapy
- Foundation in Drama Therapy
- CBT Working with Children
- Teaching Drama
- Level 4 Certificate Working with Children
What to expect within Counselling
Within a safe, confidential, contained space, you can talk, freely and openly about what has brought you to counselling. I am professional, non-judgemental, attentive and supportive and will work collaboratively with you while you explore your current issues and what may be the underlying cause of them.
Location for Counselling
I work with adults, children and young people and practises in therapy rooms in Buckhurst Hill, Woodford and South Woodford with mainly day time availability and occasional evenings. All locations are close to tube stations, with parking and easy access.
Your Next Step
If you are interested in meeting with me for an initial assessment, to see if we both feel able to work together, please call me (please leave a message if the voicemail is on) or email or send a text for further details. There is no obligation to continue counselling after this initial meeting.
Training, qualifications & experience
Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Humanistic)
- Foundation Certificate in Art Therapy
- Foundation Certificate in Drama Therapy
- CBT Working with Children and Adolescents
- Level 4 Certificate Working with Children
- Worked part time for MIND in West Essex for nearly 2 years
- Was a Samaritan for nearly 3 years
- Worked as a volunteer with physically disabled adults and children
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- £40 per counselling session (50 minutes) for daytime appointments on week days
- £45 for evening or weekend counselling sessions (50 minutes)
Fee for children and young people under age of 18 - fee is £40 (40 minute session) - will need parent or main carer's consent before starting
You may pay weekly for sessions or monthly (if paying monthly, this would need to be paid in advance).
I have one or two places at a reduced rate, if in genuine financial difficulties or a student
*Cancellation notice of at least 48 hours applies
- if less than 48 hours' notice, the full fee will be payable*
Counselling sessions normally take place at the same time every week, where possible - although this can be flexible and may be more or less frequent, depending on your needs and circumstances, which we can discuss.
Disabled access - there is disabled access for all 3 therapy practice venues
Located very near to public transport
Parking - free parking available close by to each venue
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytime mainly - plus some evening and weekend ~ have some flexibility.
Types of client