About me

Mary Bell – Stepping into Action

As a therapist I offer short and long term counselling and psychotherapy for individuals from my private practice, base in Hill Head Fareham.

In addition to individual work I also offer team building workshops and work therapeutically with groups of people aged over 18 years, for personal development and exploration of personal issues through creative media, action methods.

I have considerable experience of and a passion for working with counsellors in training both at undergraduate and masters levels from the University of Nottingham and other Higher Education establishments in the East Midlands. My passion for this particular work comes from the opportunity it offers to work with a wide and diverse group of individuals both from the UK and Overseas many just starting out on their journey of self discovery ...I am alway honoured to be part of this process.

My personal approach as a therapist is rooted in a person centred perspective, based upon my belief in the human potential for growth and personal development.  I consider the essence of the therapeutic process, when working either individually or with groups to stem form the therapeutic relationship created within a safe environment.

Having practiced as an occupational therapist for may year until retirement I also bring my belief in the importance of role empowerment and maximising functioning to my practice.

For those individuals, more comfortable with or wishing to explore by `showing’ rather than `telling’ I have a wide variety of creative media and action based resources available which can be called upon during the course of our work together.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a member of BACP, having graduated from the University of Nottingham with a BA (Hons.) in Humanistic Counselling; in addition I work within the ethical framework of both the BACP. I am committed to on-going personal and professional development and self-care, including regular individual therapy, supervision and participation in continuing professional development training. I am fully indemnified with a reputable insurer.

My experience has been gained both within the voluntary sector and private practice, working with a diverse population of clients from young adults, older people, trainee counsellors, minority groups, including those from gay and ethnically diverse backgrounds, and individuals affected and challenged by disability, including sensory impairment.

I have worked as a registered Occupational Therapist with the local authority for the past 20 years and prior to this within the NHS in mental health and health care of the elderly. Gaining a wide experience of working with adults and older people and their carers impacted by disability, chronic illness and the affects of age related dementia

My preference is not to work from the perspective of a diagnostic label but to invite individuals affected by loss, traumatic life events, relationship issues, including issues in the work place and difficulties with confidence and low self-esteem to explore these, and with support to build greater awareness and develop their own possible solutions and ways of functioning.

Member 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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.


Additional information

£40 per hour for individual therapy, Student Counsellors fees £35 per hour

Couples as individual therapy

Group Therapy – fees on application

TeamBuilding Workshops – individually priced

Counselling Supervision - individuals £45 per hour
Group Supervision - fees on application

Telephone Counselling payment by bank transfer at time of booking


Any days and times considered.

Further information

Couples – this is an area of development for me in which I would offer a creative person centred approach, including dialogue and working with action methods and creative media, enabling each to share their concerns and experiences of the difficulties within the relationship with the other/s and together to creatively gain insights and awareness and a way forward.

Ageing and Mortality – as well as recognising the losses, and change associated with ageing, there will be opportunities to explore positive aspects of aging which may include development of your own `Bucket List’

Concerns and issues affecting grandparents

Carers – issues related to caring for partners, relatives etc.

Therapies offered:

Humanistic – Person Centred

Projective techniques and action methods, including techniques from psychodrama

52 Moody Road
PO14 2BT

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Mary Bell

Mary Bell