Noel Bell MA, PG Dip Psych, UKCP
*** COVID-19 Update: I will now be offering all clients the option to meet online via video conferencing software rather than face to face. This is in response to the World Health Organization confirming the Coronavirus as a pandemic, and to follow the guidance issued by the NHS and the UK Government relating to social distancing. I will continue to offer counselling and psychotherapy during this difficult, uncertain and worrying time.
Making the first step to contact a therapist can be daunting. However, it can also be the initial step in a journey of transformation and liberation from self-limiting issues holding you back in life. I have sought help from a number of therapists as part of my own journey of personal therapy over the years so am fully familiar with the processes involved as a client.
What you may expect to achieve from working with me is meaningful insight, greater clarity and the ability to develop your inner wisdom. I have helped people with occupational stress, anxiety, infertility, sexual abuse, trauma, depression, relationship difficulties, addictions and life transitions.
I work with individuals in one to one personal therapy as well as with couples in relationship counselling. I can help you to bring awareness to the relationship between what you think, what you feel and your consequential behaviour so that you will have greater insight into the cause of your suffering, or present difficulties. I host a blog about health and well-being and you can read my posts from this link: http://noelbell.net/psychotherapy-blog/
I have spent the past 20 years exploring and studying personal growth, recovery from addictions and inner transformation. Check out my podcasts on my website: http://noelbell.net/podcasts/
In my work, I draw upon a broad spectrum of psychotherapeutic knowledge and tune my approach to match the uniqueness of each individual I work with. I am flexible in my theoretical approach depending on your particular needs. I can draw upon the most effective tools and techniques from a number of schools and traditions including Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioural (CBT), Humanist (Person- Centred and Gestalt), Existential and Transpersonal. This, for me, is what it means to be an integrative counsellor so that I may best meet the needs of my clients.
You can obtain a better understanding of my integrative approach from my video interview with Brant Cortright PH.D which contains some of the most effective recent research findings into brain health and general well-being.
I am registered and accredited as a clinical psychotherapist with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). I trained at the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education (CCPE), the largest training centre for integrative transpersonal psychotherapy in Europe, based in London. The five year postgraduate diploma programme is accredited by the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). The CCPE is also a member of the (UKCP). I abide by the UKCP Ethical Code of practice. The training was integrative in nature combining elements of psychodynamic, existential and gestalt within a depth transpersonal approach.
I undertook my psychiatric observational placement at South West London and St. George's NHS Mental Health Trust which gave me an insight into the provision of secondary care services in the NHS. The Trust works in partnership with primary care, social care and voluntary organisations to provide high-quality mental health services in South West London and nationally.
I believe that it is essential that you feel comfortable and safe with your therapist so that you can start an open and frank dialogue. Research has indicated that the working alliance (how you get on with your therapist) is as important as any other factor in successful therapeutic outcomes. I am happy to have a telephone chat in the first instance if you feel that this would help you to decide whether you want to meet me.
My previous life experience has involved management consultancy, financial trading and broadcasting. Prior to qualification as a psychotherapist I was a management consultant in London and have personal experience of working in pressured and stressful corporate environments. I see clients in London SE1 close to More London SE1
I also offer online counselling from the comfort of your own home. I hold a current enhanced criminal record certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), formerly the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB).
I can also offer tailored training to your organisation on ways of working with addicted clients (drugs, alcohol, internet, sex/pornography, gambling and social media/smartphone) as part of a CPD programme.
Training, qualifications & experience
National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy a foundation programme in hypnosis training designed for qualified counsellors and psychotherapists (2017)
Postgraduate Diploma in Transpersonal Counselling and Psychotherapy – Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education (CCPE), (validated by the University of Northampton) (2014) and UKCP accredited.
NLP introduction, NLP Dynamics, 2012. (Certificate awarded).
Life Coaching,Coaching Academy, 2012. (Certificate awarded).
MA Modern European Studies - London Metropolitan University (1999)
Other short courses attended:
- Psychodrama experiential weekend, London Centre for Psychodrama (Anna Chesner), May 2019.
- Trauma, Dissociation and Recovery, PODS Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors, July 2017.
- Hypnosis, inductions, regression, ego strengthening, IMR and language patterns National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy, 2017
- Eros in the Counselling Room, Ruth Morgan, 2016.
- Group facilitator for Gestalt weekend on diploma course, CCPE, 2015, 2016 & 2018.
- The Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5): Dr Ed Burns, Consultant Psychiatrist,SW London & St George’s NHS Mental Health Trust, 2014 a) Mood disorders, b) schizophrenia & dissociation, c) personality disorders and d) Anxiety Disorders & Obsessive Compulsive Disorders.
- Facilitation of a two day workshop comprising of 6 participants on addictions using creative imagination techniques,CCPE, 2014.
- Safeguarding awareness, Gamcare, 2014.
- Voluntary supervision of Foundation year students, CCPE, 2014.
- Helping clients cope with compulsive gambling,Gamcare, 2013.
- Facilitation of Groups, Professor Julia Buckroyd, Foundations UK, 2013.
- Dealing with Trauma Workshop, Mark Brayne, 2012.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Assessments for Employee Assistance Programmes.
Life coaching and life transitions.
Study tuition for students. (See here for more information http://noelbell.net/tutorials-and-help-with-essay-writing/ )
If you have any questions I would be happy to discuss them before making an appointment. Just call me on my mobile number and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
Any notice less than 48 hours notice will incur full fee charge.
- Sexual anorexia and the challenge of social isolation
- 7 ways of staying sane when socially isolated
- Managing the anxiety associated with social events
- What are the best treatment plans for behavioural addictions?
- Manifest the qualities needed to beat depression
- Maintaining positive body image in an era of social media
- Can getting up early help to reduce work-related stress?
- How to become more decisive
- Why domestic violence rises during the World Cup
- Why city workers are more prone to addictions
- Guilt can have survival value but shame is toxic
- Married to an addict?
- Here's why gamblers chase losses
- Healthy relationships require effort and hard work
- Assessing when to ditch a friendship
- When people at work irritate you
- Relationships can become strained at Christmas
- When perfectionism and to-do lists lead to illness
- Thinking of stopping drinking and taking drugs?
- How sex and love addiction can align with problem gambling
- Is your use of porn out of control?
- Avoid rescuing problem gamblers
- Porn, alternative sexual lifestyles and addiction
- When self-loathing and regret fuels depression
- Know your attachment style and overcome codependency
- When chemsex parties stop being fun
- When a toxic boss activates your anxiety
- The 5 stages of addiction to alcohol and drugs
- The most effective treatment for alcoholism
- Positive self-talk can help relieve anxiety
- How to free up repressed feelings and enjoy better relationships
- How to know if you have a problem with porn
- Are you he, she or non-binary in gender identity?
- Why sexual fantasies can be healthy in a strong relationship
- Know your mental shortcuts and avoid exploitation
- Positive self-affirmations can conquer anxiety
- How to ensure that you make better decisions
- Ways to build resilience and overcome a breakup
- How to more easily avoid a meltdown at work
- How to avoid the victim role and enjoy better relations
- Better understand your attraction to the bad boy
- How to find the most effective ways of saying 'no'
- Boost self-esteem by learning how to cope with toxic people
- Lust, attraction and attachment with dating apps
- Overcome your anxiety browsing social media
- The 10 most successful ways of overcoming gambling urges
- What to do when your partner has an addiction
- Taking action to transform feelings of anxiety
- Spotting the initial charm of toxic people
- Why people have affairs and cheat on their partner
- Social media risks for teenagers
- Bullies in the workplace: why they won’t apologise
- Overcoming fear of abandonment
- How to overcome procrastination
- What are your cognitive distortions?
- Healthy relationships maintain an equal balance of power
- Assertiveness: the key to improving low self-esteem
- When anger becomes a problem
- When your partner has had an affair
- The importance of a healthy work/life balance
- When financial trading becomes problem gambling
- How to help someone undergoing a panic attack
- My son is addicted to computer games, what can I do?
- How to deal with revenge porn if you have been a victim
- Don’t share your bereavement with narcissists
- How to overcome feeling irritated with others
- Self-discipline exercises that will help your anxiety
- Can friends make us miserable?
- The disappearing male in relationships
- When sex stops happening in your relationship
I also speak in the media on all matters related to addiction, mental health and related news stories. Contact me for more information. See a recent contribution to Sky News.
See also my interview with Robin Shohet about appreciative enquiry and consultative supervision.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Please contact me directly about my availability.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|