Bell Selkie (Lovelock) Counsellor and Nature-Based Human Development Guide
I'm Bell and I'm offering warm, soulful and creative emotional support from my yurt in some wild woods alive with birds, deer and other beings by a little stream... I've been told many times that the peace of the place is a remedy in its own right and I find it to be healing too.
I've been counselling for 12 years, working with a wide range of issues and gathering various tools along the way.
I'm inviting you to:
- Explore your inner nature.
- Remember and value the inner resources you already have.
- Develop parts of yourself that are not fully available to you.
- Live a wilder, freer and deeper life that feels purposeful and fulfilling.
Most of us start looking for counselling/therapy when an issue presents itself - depression, anxiety, despair, betrayal, relationship stresses, trauma ,sense of inadequacy , hopelessness, lack of motivation, addictions, self harm... all of these are ways in which our feelings communicate to us that something in our life and way of being is missing.
For many of us this is not an easy world to live in and these struggles and issues, though extremely difficult, are often a fair response to the craziness and disconnection of the culture we are in. My job as an independent, perceptive, non critical and trustworthy guide is to support you to lovingly tend to yourself and remember how to thrive...By tending to your inner nature, through exploring ways of wholing and self healing, the "issues" naturally lessen or cease because they no longer have a need to so forcefully draw your attention to an imbalance in the way you are living.
How I work
I work within the web of nature – which means that, no matter how we work, I never lose sight of you as belonging to earth and part of that bigger picture, affected by weathers, seasons, cycles and the environmental problems that are impacting earth and us now. As well as the normal counselling models in which I’m trained and experienced (for those interested - person centred, humanistic, integrative, cognitive behavioural therapy, Transactional Analysis, Mindfulness ) I refer to a nature based map of the psyche and model of human development too. How much we actually do eco-therapy or work out on the land is up to you – there’s plenty of wildness in each of us - in our dreams, deep imaginations, shadows and yearnings to explore without leaving the yurt !
As well as listening with the ears of my heart and mirroring back to you your own knowing and wisdom , some of the tools i may use are focusing, inner child work, inner dialogue work, deep imagination, expressive arts, authentic movement, nature based and deep nature connection practices, dreamwork and humour..
please scroll down to "Further info" for testimonials from previous clients.
What to do now
Please get in contact for a chat! Click here to send me an email.
I can work short term or long, though one session can sometimes be enough.
Training, qualifications & experience
Accredited member of BACP with Diploma in Counselling
Accredited member of NCFE with Diploma in Therapeutic Coaching
Completed training with Animas Valley Institute in Wild Mind Training Programme
Extra training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy , Transactional Analysis, Working with Children and Young People, Addiction, Sexual abuse, Self harm, Trauma, Sexuality , Working with Groups,Counselling online.
Landscape Architecture BA (hons) and Post Graduate Diploma.
Neighbourhood Mediation training with Newport mediation service
Consensus decision making /Conflict resolution training /Facitilation training
currently completing Soul Midwifery Training .
Counselling , Support and Therapeutic Experience:
Counsellor for Lampeter University Student Services.
Primary Health Care Brief Intervention Counselling for Carmarthenshire Counselling Service
Mindwellbeing online counselling service
Private counselling practice
Nature Connection Womans Group
Art of Mentoring staff for 8 Shields Institute UK.
Rape Crisis Support Worker for New Pathways
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
highly sensitive person / HSP
climate change anxiety
Photos & videos
£ 40 - £55 sliding scale for individuals for 1 hour
I do keep a couple of spaces for unwaged, students, counselling trainees and concessions so please do ask .
In our sessions together, Bell gently supported me in discovering the hidden gems in the things I so often overlooked, with unconditional positive regard and curiosity she held the space for me to express, to cry, to sometimes fumble with my words and empowered me to keep re-connecting with my wholeness and also my fragmented parts.
With love and compassion she challenged me when I needed it and guided me through different meditations to soothe, explore and uncover. Every session was a beautiful co-creation of her intuition meeting mine and I always felt like I could be totally honest and authentic about where I was at.
Tide's mentoring sessions helped to keep me grounded into a connection to the wilderness in my every day life, keeping the threads of Mystery alive and present within my conscious self. Her authenticity, kindness and genuine care helped me to begin a new cycle of healing, grounding and rootedness that is currently feeling so damn good!
"Working with Bell felt very comfortable. Bell helped me realise and foster the strengths and qualities i already possessed. I really connected with her approach and feel I have definitely made progress with my emotional resilience as a result of our sessions."
N face to face
"Bell's sensitivity and professionalism have allowed me explore aspects of myself and my past that have troubled me, consciously and unconsciously, for many years. This isn't always easy however with Bell's help in holding the space the process of facing some of these dark corners is taking place which is allowing me to feel optimistic about possibilities within life that I closed the door to a long time ago."
N face to face
"Bell offers a kind, strong and earthy presence that combines her innate and authentic wisdom of self and land with an inquisitive questioning and a genuine interest. She has an ability to see beneath and look under what is being presented in order to find the hidden pieces of the bigger picture. She gives creative, insightful suggestions that support my wholeness to flourish, which I believe she holds at the heart of our sessions. I feel safe, held, heard and honoured by our time together."
"I worked with Bell for a period of just over 4 months. Our focus was on dream work, at my request, and I shared many of my dreams with Bell.We worked remotely using either Skype or a phone at approximately weekly intervals. Often I would send her typed transcripts of dreams prior to sessions so she had time to reflect on them. This was a good exercise for me and I believe made the time in the session more valuable for me.I had been on a dreamwork intensive with Bell previously and had recently been having a lot of vivid dream activity so stepping into dreamwork felt like a natural work to pick up.Bell is a great listener and seemed able to absorb my dream content readily and comprehensively. She reflected back all sort of wonderful ideas, associations and thoughts about the dreams that would never have occurred to me. Some proving to be rich veins for me to follow up on my own after the sessions. Bell's creative energy, mystery and curiosity made all of our sessions interesting and thought provoking. I thoroughly enjoyed working with Bell .."
"Bell is one of the most congruent and authentic people I have ever been privileged to meet. She is deep: deeply empathic and deeply trusting in the wisdom of the individual’s process. Mystery is her guide and her beloved as she watches the tides of birth and death within the phases of life, with an open heart and a compassionate response- even when it is a response of fierce love. She is one of the finest woman I know and I trust her with my life- beyond that of this body, more; that of my spirit and my soul."
Sara , online counselling
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I'm available most weekdays and can do some evenings too.
Types of client