Hello, I am Maggie Bell I am a qualified and experienced Counsellor,Hypnotherapist & Life Coach, with 25+ years NHS, inpatient and outpatient, community and private practice, experienced.
I offer a FREE INITIAL MENTAL HEALTH ASSESSMENT based on over 25 years NHS experience; inpatients, community and private practice. Call me now on 07950 906421 or 07704 455944 to arrange yours. Or (message me). I will be delighted to hear from you!
The location of my private practice is confidential…natural…secluded…car parking friendly…and based within The Green Chain Walk. There is wildlife…running water…creating a peaceful environment for therapeutic milieu.
My past work experience from 1995 – current:
NHS Patient Advocacy (supporting patients)
NHS Mental health services inpatient & community
Private long term, and short term, therapy
Short term GP surgery counselling
Private long term & short term bereavement counselling
Bromley Behavioural Unit (primary schools)
GMB (NHS) Union Rep (employment)
My qualifications and training:
HIGHER NATIONAL DIPLOMA IN COUNSELLING
DIPLOMA IN HYPNOTHERAPY
WEIGHT CONTROL DIPLOMA
SMOKING CESSATION DIPLOMA
Hypno-Band Weight Loss System Licensed Practitioner
NLP Life Coach
Other areas of specialities are:
Mental Health Management
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Management
I work with individuals combining therapies; (one to one), as well as with couples; (relationship focused), short and/or long term.
One to one counselling focuses on the person.
One to one, face-to-face, counselling can help you to discover who you really are. It can give you a clearer visualisation, and strengthen all your senses to enable you to see yourself from your outside world more clearly.
Counselling can support you through difficult times; it is a process. Every session counts!!! as well as the overall process of more than one session.
Seeing ourselves from outside looking in can build a bigger picture of our perception of our world, and our self within the world we perceive.
At times you may feel emotionally entwined and become entangled in negative psychological patterns.
Meeting your true self can ground and support you in a world that is constantly evolving, or a world that has been disturbed by loss, trauma, adjustment, or change of circumstances.
Couples counselling is the same as individual counselling although it focuses on the relationship rather than the individual.
Hypnotherapy focuses on your unconscious/subconscious mind. 90% of your mind is unconscious. This is where you dreams, memories, habits and more reside. Hypnotherapy is a natural therapy that is utilised to access your own inbuilt ability to heal yourself with the help of a professional like myself.
Personal NLP Life Coaching:
I incorporate life coaching using NLP with Counselling and Hypnotherapy.
How does Counselling work?
Counselling focuses on your conscious mind mostly, although within the right therapeutic environment the subconscious mind will usually surface, but slower than with Hypnotherapy.
How does Hypnotherapy work?
Hypnotherapy focusses on your subconscious/unconscious mind as well as your conscious mind. This where all your habits, memories, dreams, body language, and your natural functions are controlled.
I work one to one; face to face; for 90 minutes so that you can really experience the best trance, underpinned with quality psychotherapy. You will always be aware, and there is not anything I can make you do, that you do not want to.
“Hypno” is greek for sleep. And the word “therapy” is a treatment to help a person to get better.
The experience itself is so much more helpful than words can describe.
More about NLP?
NLP is Neuro-linguistic Programming. Basically it focusses on how you best function and what your strengths are. Your strengths are then used to help you with your struggles.
More about the therapies I offer:
… in summary focuses on looking at your past, maybe as far back as childhood, or maybe not so far back, but certainly looking back and exploring what might be affecting the here and now.
Past experiences over time can become distorted, misunderstood, and /or your recall maybe restricted or repressed. Either way distorted, repressed and misunderstandings can be explored in a safe therapeutic environment, to uncover what the underlying issues maybe.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT):
…in summary works with your presenting symptoms that you may have already realised at the point of seeking a therapist, that there are negative patterns that keep repeating.
So most people have already started to identify negative patterns when looking for professional therapy, however, with a trained professional experienced therapist (representing partly as your outside world in the therapy room), will help you to build a bigger picture of your world objectively as well as subjectively.
You can then start to visualise the bigger picture or your world; making it somewhat more tangible, and be better placed to identify the changes you would like to make; which become your short term goals within your overall goal.
This therapy has the option of working in the session and then, if you want, having work to apply to outside of the session. However, written work outside the session may not be something you would want to engage in, for one reason or another, and so if that is the case; we work with the way that is best for you where tailor the work to your individual needs as a person and the natural strengths you hold.
Person Centred (Humanistic) Therapy:
…in summary one-to-one counselling basically focuses on offering you what is called in therapy ‘the core conditions’ Where you feel understood (empathy) in a warm and professional environment; where trust can then build, where you will not feel judged.
The ‘core conditions ‘ are a very important aspect of any therapy and needs to be right for healthy growth; just like a seed planted in the right kind of soil to grow strong healthy roots and develop to its optimum.
Integrative Counselling: (Psychodynamic, CBT & Person Centre Therapy above):
… in summary offers 3 main theoretical psychological therapies; Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Humanistic (person Centred), (see below more); which allows a very flexible approach, which also allows for working within any one of these approaches depending upon what you are looking for in terms of psychological support.
… focuses on the relationship. It is goal orientated, both individually and collaboratively.
Relationship therapy can help both individuals see the relationship as a whole, from the ‘outside’ looking in, as well as from the inside looking out.
You may both be feeling weighed down a emotional viscous cycle which only further complicated the issues.
Couple counselling is different from 1:1 therapy in that the therapy focuses on the relationship and only the parts of each individual that effect this (either positive or negatively)
…I specialise in bereavement counselling and continue to work with people who are experiencing the grieving process, as well as people who are endeavouring to come to terms with any huge life changing event. Bereavement Counselling can help you to learn where you are in the bereavement process (or in the process of a life adjustment) and work through it. The bereavement process is connected to all kinds of loss; loss of person or person/s through death, the loss of a job, or a relationship, or even your confidence as you once knew it to be positive, or a life adjustment.
Some issues I work with:
Anger is a natural emotion. Anger is not the problem usually; rather the actions we take when we feel angry. Anger can be displaced into relationships that we care about; ie where we project our anger onto another person, or people, that are close to us. When this happens it means that anger is effecting your relationships; especially the relationship you have with yourself. read more
Anxiety may appear in the form of many different presentations. It can feel symptomatic of other more serious conditions and exacerbates the symptoms. In my experience anxiety can feel very scary. This is a field that I have come to know more about due to it being so common today. read more
Bereavement and loss happens in a life time; it will touch your life at some point usually. It can be unexpected, or expected. It can be a loss to a greater, or lesser, degree.
Bereavement and loss is a process. We all need to grieve, as grieving a loss is normal healthy process, however, we can become stuck in the that process sometimes for one reason or another.
I can tell you, in my experience it will not feel this painful forever. (read more)
Health anxiety has its roots in a person thinking that they are getting unwell, or where everyday symptoms are catastrophized. It can be very distressing to the individual. Even thought the person knows on a rationale level that the symptoms are nothing probably to worry about, the person feels compelled to go to great lengths to convince themselves that everything is fine. This can be exhausting for the individual and interfere with general functioning. (read more)
Panic attacks can start for many different reasons. The good news is that they can be managed and with time controlled. (read more)
Phobia anxiety in my experience is usually the result of something that is totally unrelated to the phobia itself. However, every phobia is different as is every individual. (read more)
Crowds, relationships, performance, work, and areas can all be a struggle when a person is experiencing symptoms of social anxiety. It can hold a person back. Working through what your personal difficulties are with regards to social and relationship anxiety can help you to gain insight and tackle the symptoms and thus move forward. (read more)
At times we can all feel like our confidence has been impacted. You may be someone who lacks confidence generally, or you may have had a incident, or a relationship, that is effecting your confidence levels. Where a person feels they have been reducing in confidence; equally it can be built up positively again, or grown if it never existed in the first place. When you focus on yourself the only way to go is from strength to strength. (read more)
We can all experience low mood at some time or other. Exploring what is the underlying cause can really empower you to take control of your mood. Once you understand just feeling empowered can impact in a positive way on you mood. However, the symptoms of Depression or low mood can be a chemical imbalance which may require medication. A therapeutic arrangement in place is a start. (read more)
Eating Disorders can develop very slowly with our closest loved ones not realising there is a problem; including the person with the issue.
At the extreme end of weight control, under weight can be a major problem just like obesity. Underweight and obesity can be the symptoms of something underlying.
The relationship you have with food is the same as any relationship. It can require a little focus to look at the relationship more objectively and how it can be enhanced.
Fertile Body Practitioner:
I am a Fertile Body Practitioner and specialise in fertility issues using the Fertile Body Method. The Fertile Body Method (FBM) is structured and focuses on six stages. (read more)
I am a specialist trained Easi-birthing practitioner.
Stress is usually divided up into two parts. Healthy stress and unhealthy stress. Why do we become stressed? Well, usually it creeps up on us, as nobody would choose to become stressed…like you only know you are stressed sometimes when you have full blown stress…maybe with physical symptoms before you start to understand something is not quite right. (read more)
Weight Control & Healthy Eating:
Managing your weight can be the earlier intervention to having to deal with a greater issue further down the line. If you feel your weight is an issue then that is all that is important.
Food can be enjoyable and if there are other issues in our life, we can turn to comfort eating. Therefore overeating can be the symptoms of something underlying. (read more)
You can stop smoking easily if you really want to. (read more)
My skills in summary:
- I am a qualified, experienced Person Centred Counsellor.
- I am a qualified, experienced, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist.
- I am a qualified, experienced, Psychodynamic Therapist.
- I am a qualified, experienced, integrative Therapist.
- I am a qualified, experienced, Hypnotherapist.
- I specialise in couples counselling.
- I specialise in bereavement counselling.
- I specialise in fertility therapy.
- I specialise in birthing therapy.
- I specialise in stopping smoking.
- I specialist in weight management.
- I am a licensed Hypno-band Practitioner.
- I am a qualified NLP Life Coach Practitioner.
My Therapeutic Mission Statement:
…..I endeavour to offer the benefit of my expertise and experience within an enhanced therapeutic setting; where your natural senses will feel heightened, allowing opportunity for liberating your inner emotions to surface, in a safe therapeutic space, feeling supported (held) thus become more clearly connected (aware) of the current issues and their roots.
…..I will endeavour to continue to learn and develop both personally and professional to give an array of therapeutic options, so that you can identify your personal changes that can bring you more balance to your life.
My Personal Statement:
- I strive to build on being an experienced, thoughtful and empathic, genuinely caring fully qualified Counsellor and Hypnotherapist and NLP Coach.
- I have up-to-date enhanced CRB clearance.
- I maintain continued professional development training in Counselling & Hypnotherapy.
- I have full professional indemnity insurance.
- I undergo regular monthly professional one-to-one, and group, supervision as stipulated by my governing bodies BACP & GHR.
127 Portland Road
I am about a 15 minute walk away from Grove Park Station and Grove Park Bus Garage when cutting through Chinbrook Meadows. The buses are the 126, 261, 136 and there are more buses that come from other areas to both Grove Park and Bromley North & Bromley South which are also close by. There is a cab office at Bromley North, Bromley South and Grove Park. Grove Park is closes.
See you soon.
Call 07950 906421 or 07704 455944
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