Helen Bell MBACP (Accred)
Welcome to my profile page. If you are thinking about coming to see a counsellor you may be feeling unhappy or confused, have relationship or family difficulties, suffering work related stress, have experienced a loss or trauma of some kind or want to find a more meaningful way of living.
We all have difficult periods or experiences in our life and talking to someone skilled and trained can really help.
I am an experienced psychotherapist and have worked with a range of clients within and outside of the NHS. I am accredited by the BACP, which means I have achieved high standards in my work as an independent, ethical and competent therapist.
I work relationally which means I place a strong emphasis on the importance of the therapeutic relationship I build with clients. This enables me to think with my clients about the connection between past and present in the difficulties they are experiencing.
How I can help
Sometimes we can feel very stuck, either in our relationships or with particular emotional problems or painful life events and find it hard to know how to move through these difficult times.
My aim when working with clients is to offer a confidential, safe and supportive space where together we can begin to make sense of your thoughts and feelings and help you to understand yourself better.
Feeling heard, deeply understood and accepted can help you to explore your feelings more fully and openly and enable you to think about yourself in ways that you have not been able to consider before as well as develop skills for coping with emotional difficulties.
As a result, it is possible for you to feel like you have greater clarity, more choices and can change old ways of being that may have led to you feeling anxious, down or depressed. In turn this can lead to more satisfying relationships and ways of living.
I can help you:
- Feel supported and less alone
- understand unhelpful patterns in your relationships,
- understand issues from the past
- Work through stuck or recurring feelings,
- Gain clarity and more control in your life,
- build self-esteem,
- develop coping strategies to manage symptoms of low mood and anxiety.
- Create healing and greater resilience.
What to expect
Please contact me by email or phone and we can arrange a free, initial conversation on the phone so I can find out a bit more about your situation and answer any questions you may have. If it feels appropriate and you want to go ahead, we can then arrange an initial appointment, either via video platform - I am mostly using Zoom - or by telephone. I am not currently offering face-to-face therapy due to the Coranavirus situation.
Counselling takes place weekly and can be either short term work with a specific focus or longer term. We can discuss what feels appropriate for you at your first session. I aim to work at your pace, taking time to really understand what is happening for you, and then we can think together about what you need from therapy.
Do contact me if you’d like to find out more, I know it can feel like a big step to take, so I’m really happy to respond to any questions by phone or email.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Registered and Accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist
I have a broad range of experience working in the NHS, educational and charitable sector as well as private practice. Settings in which I have worked in the NHS include a Primary Care Mental Health Team, IAPT and a Schools Parent Counselling Service. I accept referrals from Bupa and other private health insurance companies and also work with Employee Assistance Programmes (EAPs).
My main qualifications are:
Diploma (HE) in Therapeutic Counselling, Leeds Beckett University
Certificate in Interpersonal Skills, Leeds Beckett University,
I also have a degree in BA (Hons) Politics, University of Liverpool.
I have regular supervision of my work and update myself professionally and attend training in accordance with BACP guidelines and work with the BACP’s Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.
I am fully insured.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Sessions are 50 minutes long and generally take place at the same time each week. Our initial appointment is an opportunity for me to find out about your difficulties and how I might best help you and to see if you feel comfortable working with me. We would then discuss the best way forward.
I work with people short and long term and at our initial appointment we would agree a number of sessions that we would meet. We can review this on a regular basis, according to your needs.
My fees are £50.
Please contact me on: 07707 450682 or email me.
To book an appointment, if you have any questions, or would like to talk through any concerns beforehand, contact me by email, phone or text. I offer a free brief initial chat on the phone so you can clarify any issues you may have before arranging an appointment.