Katy Bell

Katy Bell

Salus Wellness Clinic
47 Norfolk Street
Cambridge
Cambridgeshire
CB1 2LD

20 Mercers Row
Cambridge
Cambridgeshire
CB5 8HY

07791 553676

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Salus Wellness Clinic
47 Norfolk Street
Cambridge
Cambridgeshire
CB1 2LD

20 Mercers Row
Cambridge
Cambridgeshire
CB5 8HY

07791 553676

About me

I am a psychoanalytic psychotherapist based in Cambridge. I offer medium to long term work but am also available for short term therapy if you have a specific issue on your mind.

I work with people experiencing depression and anxiety, broken or difficult relationships, loss, feelings of not belonging, gender issues, work problems, stress and abuse.

Psychotherapy

People come to therapy for many reasons and from all walks of life. Some through a point of crisis; others through a sense of deep dissatisfaction, lack of direction or feeling of not belonging. Whatever it is that is on your mind, you may find that speaking about your difficulties to someone who is able to listen carefully to what you say can affect you in unexpected ways.

Psychotherapy sessions take place once a week. Some people choose to attend more frequently than this.

Psychoanalysis

While short-term approaches focus on resolving your immediate concern, psychoanalysts believe that your symptoms can be a manifestation of a deeper disquiet and that even if they are “cured” they are likely to return in a different guise. This approach offers time to look at your life in more detail, to begin to separate the multitude of influences that make you how you are today. You may have strongly held beliefs and unarticulated wishes or fears that, over time, may be traced towards the roots of your suffering.

Psychoanalysis requires at least twice weekly sessions.

Both psychotherapy and psychoanalysis can involve talking about your history and early family relationships. It is an approach that also takes into consideration the wider social environment and how this has had an impact on who you are. There is time to examine and explore alongside someone who will listen and help you use your own language to try to understand your experiences. These approaches can help you think about how you want to be for yourself.

The aim is not to be in psychotherapy or analysis for ever but rather to use the treatment to lead a more fulfilled and enjoyable life.

How the sessions work

If you choose to make contact, we will arrange an initial meeting. Here you can experience whether you might feel comfortable talking about your thoughts and feelings.

"Where Do I Start?" Some people come with the aspects they want to explore clear in their mind, others because they feel lost or confused. We will meet in a comfortable space in which you can begin to explore and understand the motivations and meanings behind your feelings, and your responses to different situations. You will guide the pace of the work, in your own time and words.

Following an initial meeting there will be a little while for you to decide whether you would like to go ahead with regular sessions. If you wish to do this we will schedule 50-minute sessions at the same agreed time each week.

The process is open ended; you may decide to come for a few months to talk about a specific difficulty or you may want to continue for longer. Often people find that they get the most out of longer-term work with a therapist, taking time to explore how their present ways of relating are shaped by their earlier experiences.

My outlook is informed by classical analytic and philosophical ideas as well as more contemporary social and political thought. I use these approaches in both short and long-term work.

Training, qualifications & experience

Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), I have worked psychotherapeutically in the NHS for many years within multidisciplinary teams, addressing the mental, social and emotional needs of patients. I have also worked in special and mainstream education and in the charity sector, including Mind, as well as other third sector multiagency organisations.

Within these environments I have been alongside adult clients, older people, young adults and children from diverse cultural and social backgrounds. Many people from these settings I have found to express overwhelming feelings of loss, disconnection from the world around them, heightened anxiety or a struggle with belonging.

I am in ongoing training with The Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis in London. This is a postgraduate training organisation and member of the Council for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Psychoanalysis College (CPJA) of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

HCPC

Fees

Fees are £35 - £50 per session. Initial sessions last 60 minutes and cost £40.

I would be pleased to talk with you or meet you if you are considering psychotherapy or psychoanalysis, and to answer any questions you might have.

Maps & Directions

Cambridge, CB1 2LD
Cambridge, CB5 8HY

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Accessibility

Wheelchair access: Unspecified

Availability

Daytime and some evening sessions available.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults