Isabelle Bell MBACP, Accredited Dip HE and PGCE
I am an experienced psychodynamic counsellor who is an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
In addition to running a private practice, I have dedicated the last ten years of my life to training students in counselling, and I have developed several programmes that were validated by University of Surrey and University of Greenwich and accredited by the BACP.
The way I work has evolved over the years but remains mostly based on two principles: “The past can affect the present in ways that are often unconscious to us” and “The way we think affects our emotions and behaviours.” In other words, my main role is to help clients to feel more empowered and more in control by increasing their level of self-awareness. For instance, ways of relating can be identified and sometimes linked to previous experiences. Unhealthy and irrational cognitive patterns can be addressed by exploring new perspectives and by adopting new strategies. All of this takes time, energy and commitment from both parties involved.
I offer short term and open-ended therapy to individuals who are presenting with issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship problems, some forms of addiction, abuse, lack of confidence, low self-esteem, family issues, pregnancy and birth issues, anger, bereavement, unhealthy dynamics in the work place, miscarriage, lack of motivation, suicidal thoughts, hoarding, passive aggressive disorder, attachment issues, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), seasonal affective disorder (SAD), narcissistic personality disorder, and stress.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the University of Surrey (PGCE)
- Diploma of Higher Education in Psychodynamic Counselling from the Open University (Dip HE in Psychodynamic Counselling)
- Mentor for a Charity Organisation called Rayners whose aim is to support young offenders.
- Fluent French and English.
- Accredited member of BACP Reg. MBACP (Accred)
Registered / Accredited
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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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Free initial telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
Individual counselling sessions: £60.00 for 50min
Training sessions for students: £30.00 per hour
Seminars: Fees are depending on number of hours required and location
I can make myself available outside these timetables for time limited therapy or if the issues are very urgent.
I also offer tuition to students on various counselling training programmes and can assist with the BACP personal accreditation process.
I am also able to create and conduct seminars for the professional audiences and the general public tackling issues such as “Early Pregnancy” and “Domestic Violence” in the UK. Other topics can be considered.