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.
6 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 and 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.
For the last 15 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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- 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
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.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I can offer flexibility with times and days with the possibility of evenings from Monday to Thursday.
Types of client