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Paul Bell MSc MProf MACP - Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

Edinburgh EH1 & North Berwick EH39
07833465430 07833465430 Registered / Accredited

About me

COVID-19 Update: We are currently accepting new referrals and offer sessions remotely via video link or telephone for children, adolescents, young adults and parents. We will continue to provide a high level of mental health care for families throughout the current health crisis

Paul Bell is a Highly Specialist Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, and the Owner and Clinical Director of The Anchor Practice.

Paul is a full member of the Association of Child Psychotherapists, The British Psychoanalytic Council, and The Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists, and is a non-APA member affiliate of The Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (American Psychological Association)

As a Highly Specialised Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, Paul has spent the last 12 years working in community CAMHS teams, the charity sector and in private practice. Paul completed his Masters degree in Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology at University College London and the Anna Freud Centre, where he conducted research into the experiences in therapy of adolescents presenting with gender dysphoria. Following this, Paul completed his 4-year clinical training in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy at the Tavistock Centre in London, an internationally renowned centre for excellence in child mental health training and research.

Paul is trained to offer therapeutic interventions to children, adolescents and young people between the ages of 0-25. Paul is also able to offer psychotherapeutic and developmental support to parents and families.

Paul has spent the last 3 years developing specialist skills in mental health work in secondary schools and has developed and managed a number of bespoke clinics in secondary education settings, designed to respond to the growing need for specialist clinical services based in schools.

Alongside his work at The Anchor Practice, Paul has worked in the charity sector where he has researched the clinical efficacy of an intervention for parents who feel they need support in understanding and helping their adolescent child’s mental health. Working with parents of teenagers with mental health difficulties continues to be an area of clinical interest for Paul.

In private practice, Paul has developed particular skills in working with fostered and adopted children, and also young adults making the transition to University life who have a diagnosis of depression. Paul also has a specific clinical interest in the psychoanalytic treatment of musicians and other artists.

Paul has held the post of Visiting Lecturer at the Univerisity of Essex and the Tavistock Centre where he taught and supervised for a variety of clinical trainings and MA level child development courses, and he continues to take an active role in the training and supervision of child psychotherapists and furthering of the discipline.

Training, qualifications & experience

BA Philosophy (Kings College London)

MSc Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology (University College London)

MProf ChPsychPsych Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust/University of East London)

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


Association of Child Psychotherapists

The ACP is the registering body for NHS trained Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists. ACP members undergo a minimum 6 year training; two years at Masters level then 4 years full-time clinical in the NHS qualifying in a Doctorate Level course. Full members are able to work with neonates, mothers & babies, parents & toddlers, primary school age children & adolescents. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.


British Psychoanalytic Council

The British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) is a professional association, representing the profession of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

The organisation is itself made up of fourteen member organisations and BPC accredits the trainings of its member organisations. An individual who qualifies from one of these trainings is then eligible for entry into the BPC's register.

BPC registrants are governed by a code of ethics, a policy of continuing professional development, a statement on confidentiality and a complaints procedure. The BPC is a Member Society of the European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Public Sector (EFPP). Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Psychoanalytic Council

Accredited Register Scheme

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

Therapies offered

  • Integrative
  • Psychoanalytic therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy

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I offer a range of services and fees vary depending on the type of work offered. I have a limited number of reduced fee vacancies available. Please call or email for details.

The Anchor Practice
26 Forth Street

North Berwick

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

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You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

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Wheelchair user access


Evening and weekend sessions are available - please call for current vacancies.

Types of client

Young people


I have completed relevant CPD in the supervision of clinicians working psychodynamically and psychoanalytically with children, adolescents and young adults.

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Paul Bell MSc MProf MACP - Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

Paul Bell MSc MProf MACP - Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist