Judith Bell, (Dip), Registered Member BACP.
Hello, my name is Judith and I'm a qualified Person Centred Counsellor. I used to work in social care and mental health and for many years worked in a multi-disciplinary team in the community. Gradually the job I was doing changed, however, with more and more time spent in front of a screen, ticking boxes.
7 years ago I decided to retrain as a counsellor. I completed a Diploma in Person Centred Counselling and found that not only had I gained the skills and confidence to help others , but that the training had changed my whole way of looking at life. It had helped me to value the person that I had become and had given me the confidence to be myself, without worrying as much about other people’s reactions. It sounds trite, but I had come to realise that it was what I thought about myself that mattered , not what others thought. One result was a deepening of my relationships with friends and family.
Understanding Person Centred Theory freed me of feeling that I should try to“fix people” and sort out their problems. I realised that I could never really know what it was like to be another person. What I do believe though, is that given certain conditions, each person has the capacity to find a way through their problems and the feelings that are troubling them. I can't provide a diagnosis or give you advice or answers, but I will work hard to understand how things are for you. I will try to provide you with a space where you feel safe to explore whatever is worrying or distressing you. I know that it can be really hard to take the first step and that you may not be sure whether counselling is right for you. I will be led by you and will work at your pace.
Sometimes people just feel dissatisfied with their lives but don't know why. It can be easier to talk to someone not connected with our lives, who does not judge or have expectations of us, but at the same time values the person that we are.
I offer short term and long term face to face counselling and can be flexible with times and days. My base in Bingley is accessible to public transport (both bus and train) and also offers a private car park.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Diploma in Person Centred Counselling.
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, holding their Certificate of Proficiency. I am committed to ongoing career development and to working with integrity and to the highest standards.
I have completed training in Person Centred Expressive Arts Therapy.
Online training, Working with Relational Trauma:Dealing with Disorganised Attachment.
PODS training, Dealing with Distress: Working with Suicide and Self-Harm
For the last 16 years I have also carried out voluntary work with people with early onset dementia and their carers, helping with a monthly support group and also with arranging yearly holidays. This continues to be an important part of my life.
I have worked as a volunteer at both Bradford Counselling Services and at Bradford Cancer Support. I have valued being part of both organisations.
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
I offer a free 20 minute telephone consultation, to help you decide whether whether I am the right person for you., My usual fee is £35.00 an hour but I can offer some reduction in fees to students and people on low income. I ask that you give me at least 24 hours notice if you wish to cancel or rearrange a session otherwise I will need to charge you for the cost of the room hire.
Concessions offered for
I have started to offer online counselling due to the current health crisis, currently via Facetime, but I am also going to use Zoom. This is not the same as face to face counselling-as one of my regular clients said , it lacks the warmth of face to face counselling, but it does enable us to connect and to explore our feelings and thoughts at this extremely uncertain and frightening time. It is an opportunity to try and make sense of what is happening and of how it is impacting on you and I am happy to offer a short online session free to see whether you feel this is something that might work.
It is important that you are in a room where you cannot be heard or overlooked and I will also make sure that our session is completely confidential. I will also email you a short contract if you decide to go ahead. Please could you contact me initially by email or by phone.