Hello! Welcome to Maggie Bell Counselling, Hypnotherapy & NLP Life Coaching (Bromley & Lewisham). 

My name is Maggie Bell and I am a very qualified and experienced Counsellor/Psychotherapist, Hypnotherapist/Hypnoanalysist & Neuro-Linguistic Practitioner; professionally registered with BACP & GHR; (British Association for Counsellor & Psychotherapists and The General Hypnotherapy Register).   

I offer a FREE GENUINE PRE-INITIAL TELEPHONE ASSESSMENT, with no obligation!!, based on over 20  years (National Health Service) NHS experience; community based, inpatients, outpatients and private practice, to help you decide your pathway forward. 

I would carry out a more detailed Mental Health Assessment in the first face-to-face session subject to the issues you are experiencing and at that point be in a position to give you an informed feedback and collaboratively plan the work with you to help you achieve your goal/s.  Call 07950 906421 or 07704 455944.  Or (e-mail me).I will be delighted to hear from you!  (Facebook)  (Linked In)

My Counselling, Hypnotherapy & NLP Life Coaching Practice Location:

Please take a look at the Cabin below where I practise.  It is private, warm and welcoming with its own log burner for those cold days making the therapeutic process and manageable where you are in control. It is confidential, warm, comfortable and professional.  There is FREE CAR ROADSIDE PARKING, NO PARKING RESTRICTIONS.  I am about a 15 minute walk away from Grove Park Train Station and Grove Park Bus Garage (Post Code: SE12 0PW).  Or not far from Waitrose in Burnt Ash (Post Code: BR1 5AJ).  The local buses to Grove Park and the Waitrose Bus Stop are 126, 261, 136.  Other London Transport is available from Bromley Central, Hayes BR2, Beckenham BR3, West Wickham BR4, Petts Wood BR5, Orpington BR5 & BR6, Chislehurst BR7, Swanley & Sevenoaks BR8, Grove Park SE12, Lewisham SE13, Forest Hill SE23, Sydenham SE26, Catford SE6.  More Train Stations local are: Bromley South (Post Code: BR1 1LX) and Bromley North (Post Code: BR1 3NN).  There are local cab offices at Grove Park, Bromley South and Bromley North that are not far away.

Maggie Bell Counsellor Hypnotherapist

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Flexible Therapies for you:


… one to one counselling focuses on you the person and can help you discover who you really are and where you really want to be.  Your true self and your wanted destination!  One to one counselling can give you a clearer visualisation of your pathway forward, and strengthen all your senses to enable you to see yourself from your outside world more clearly.  It is goal orientated with measured progress.  It can be whatever you want it to be and can even be just in place to support you through a difficult time; however, its a process, even though every session counts as one step forward or several.  This means with every session you have you the client will know if its working for you, or not.  You only book your next session at your last session and so its ongoing according to the progress you feel you are making.

Seeing and feeling ourselves from the outside looking in, as well as seeing and feeling ourselves on the inside looking out,  can help build a bigger picture; your perception of your true world, and yourself within the true world you perceive.  With a therapist like myself the missing pieces can be accessed and put into place so that you have more information to make better decisions for yourself about your therapy goals.

In life, at times, you may feel emotionally entwined and become entangled in negative psychological patterns as we all will, and do. Meeting your true self in a confidential, professional environment where you feel understood can ground and support you in a world that is constantly evolving, or a world that has been disturbed by losses, trauma, adjustment, or life change of circumstances.

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Person Centred (Humanistic) Counselling (1:1):

…in summary one-to-one person centred 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.   If you do feel judged; we work through it.

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.  (read more)

Psychodynamic Counselling (1:1):

… 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 and some of the cause of the current problems. 

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.  (read more)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) (1:1):

…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 long-term 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 (homework). However, written work outside the session may not be something everybody 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 I tailor the work to your individual needs as a person and the natural strengths you hold. (read more)

Integrative Counselling (1:1):
(Psychodynamic, CBT & Person Centre Therapy):

… in summary offers 3 main theoretical psychological therapies; Psycho-dynamic, 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. (read more)


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Couples Counselling (1:2):

… in summary Couples Counselling is much the same as one to one counselling, only it is relationship focused.  It is goal orientated, both individually and collaboratively.  As well as resolving the issues within the relationship Couples Counselling can help both individuals see themselves within the relationship as individuals, from the outside looking in, rather than only being able to feel caught up in the turmoil on the inside.  Both may feel weighed down and default to strategies that may have worked in the past for the individual.  For example, withdrawing, not talking; not communicating.  All good relationships are based on good communication.  Within a therapeutic arrangement, I work goal orientated so that you can achieve results sooner rather than later.  I give written information tailored to the individual/s and the couple, such as communication skills, anger management, resolving differences and more.  

Like individuals, couples are unique and so each therapeutic process is different and so I tailor the work to the couples’ needs as individual/s, as a couple, as parents maybe and so forth.

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Couples Counselling

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Loss / Bereavement Counselling (1:1):

…I specialise in bereavement counselling and continue to work with people who are in the grieving process, as well as people who are endeavouring to come to terms with any huge life changing events; as grieving can be a constant environment of having to manage change, big and small.

Bereavement Counselling can help you to learn where you are in the  process of loss and/or readjustment (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.  A feeling of loss within yourself.   (read more)


in summary Hypnotherapy focuses on your unconscious/subconscious mind.  Approximately 90% of our mind is thought to be unconscious/subconscious. 

… where your dreams, memories, habits and more reside or buried.  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. 

What is the difference between Counselling & Hypnotherapy you may be wondering…in summary?  

Counselling is reported to focus approximately 10% on the conscious mind, although within the right therapeutic environment the subconscious/unconscious mind in my opinion will usually surface, although maybe somewhat slower than within Hypnotherapy.

Hypnotherapy focuses mostly on your subconscious/unconscious mind. This where all your habits, memories, dreams, body language, and your natural functions are controlled.

Counselling usually requires a shorter therapeutic session time of the 50 minute therapeutic hour.  Hypnotherapy underpinned with Counselling and NLP Life Coaching integrated usually requires a 90 minute therapeutic session to be fully effective in my opinion.    

“Hypno” is greek for sleep; Hypnotherapy.   Counselling is also know as Psychotherapy.   The word “therapy” is noted in the dictionary as a treatment to help a person to get better. 

The experience of Counselling, Hypnotherapy, Life Coaching, Integrative Therapy itself; is so much more helpful than words can describe. 

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Hypnotherapy/Counselling; with the Easi-birthing method:

I am a qualified specialised Easi-birthing Practitioner.  (easibirthing.co.uk)

Hypnotherapy/Counselling; with the Fertile Body Method:

I am a qualified specialised Fertile Body Method Practitioner.  (http://www.thefertilebody.com/)

Advanced 5-PATH Hypnotherapy & 7th Path Self Hypnosis Teaching (a mind, body & spiritual approach):

I am a qualified specialised 5-path Hypnotherapist (What is 5-Path)

I am a qualified specialised 7th Path Self Hypnosis Teacher (What is 7th Path Self Hypnosis)

Neuro-Linguistic Practitioner (Coach 1:1):

I am a qualified Neuro-Linguisitic Practitioner.   (What is NLP?)

Assertiveness (Stress Reduction) Coaching 1:1:

Do you find it hard to say the word ‘no’? Do you find that you take on too much? If so, then you will be interested to know that you can learn to be more assertive and lead a better, stress free life. You can learn about different behaviours styles for yourself, family and friends; their individual definitions, the pay offs, the costs, their meanings.  Assertive skills are human life skills related to the way we interact; socially through communication.  Being assertive means being able to stand up for your rights or the rights of others in a way that everyone is a winner…it is a skill that can be learned very easily.  It can make a huge difference to stress levels and peace of mind.

Psychological issues that I have worked with:

Abuse & Domestic Violence:

If you suspect you are currently in an abusive relationship or experiencing domestic violence; emotionally and/or physically therapy can help you verify your own feelings and situation.

If you feel stuck in a past abusive relationship where you are finding it hard to move now forward therapy can help you to take control of your future.

In either of the above you may find yourself doubting your situation, your memories, yourself in relationships, with internal conflict within the relationship you have with yourself, where you feel you are repeatedly going around in circles.

Please feel free to take advantage of the FREE TELEPHONE CONSULTATION I offer; and contact me to discuss your personal current situation so that you can discuss your therapeutic pathway forward.

Anger / Irritability Management:

Anger is a natural emotion.

Anger is not the problem usually; rather the actions we take when we feel angry makes the difference between a positive and negative outcome.

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.

Anger can also be turned inwards; towards ourselves.  Projection inward or outward negative is usually detrimental to ones own wellbeing.

The good news is; you can learn to channel anger (a natural emotion) in a positive way.

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Anxiety / General Anxiety Management: 

Anxiety may appear in the form of many different presentations.

It can be symptomatic of other more serious conditions and exacerbates the symptoms of anxiety. 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.  Although I have to say that anxiety has become very generalised; and that it is more beneficial to work with the individual as well as the symptom like any negative symptoms that keep repeating.  The good news is; that the person is always stronger than the symptoms; it can be about becoming aware of those strengths you have and channeling them to help you with your struggles.   (read more)


Loss / Bereavement Process:

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)

Anxiety (Health) Management:

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)

Health Anxiety

Anxiety (Panic) Management

Panic attacks can start for many different reasons. The good news is that they can be managed and with time controlled. (read more)

Anxiety (Phobia) Management

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)

Anxiety (Social) Management

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)

Bullying & Harassment / Employment Issues:

Were you bullied as a child?  Do you think this maybe happening to you now?

If you are reading this then I suspect you do, or know someone who you feel is.  Bullying and / or harassment is very damaging to the person who is suffering and can severely effect a person’s mental and physical health.  As well as being a qualified mental health practitioner, I also have training and experience acting in the role of a Union Rep.  There is always something you can do.  Two heads are always better than one.  The right support is key.  Call me to discuss further in complete confidence, and with no obligation, on 07950 906421 so I can help you to gain some insight into your way forward.  I will be delighted to hear from you.

Domestic Violence:

Are you living in fear right now or know somebody who is?  Domestic violence can be either emotional, mental and physical or all of that and more.  If you feel you would like to discuss in complete confidence your personal situation with a mental health professional, call me on 07950 906421.  I will be delighted to hear from you.

Confidence Building: 

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)

Depression Management: 

In my professional opinion, 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.  (What is depression)
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Major Depression:

In summary, and in my experience, if you think  you have been experiencing chronic (long-term) major depression; with some of the symptoms being where you feel extremely sad, hopeless,  unmotivated, inactive, lethargic, irritable, unable to concentration, poor sleep and appetite, maybe guilt, physical pain, and negative thoughts, then as you are reading this page it sounds like you are ready to do something different.  I offer a complimentary pre-initial telephone assessment, and this I am sure you will be interested to know can be helpful for you to plan your therapeutic pathway from here and now, with no obligation.  Call 07950 906421 / 07704 455944, or e-mail me on maggiebellbell@gmail.com.

Dysthymia Depression:

Generally reported to be less serious than major depression, however, does require management.  Although reported to be less impacting on the person’s functioning it is usually symptomatic of a low mood longish term, where the person functions well enough but not at their best.  Other symptoms may be sadness, lack of concentration, fatigue, poor sleep habits and appetite.
This depression type is noted in the NICE Guidelines to respond better to talk therapy than medication, though some research suggests combining medication.  (NICE Guidelines)

Postpartum Depression:

Generally reported that over 75% of new mums feel sad after giving birth and that more than 15% fits into the depression family where this is a diagnosable type of depression.
Some of the symptoms may be extreme sadness, anxiety, lethargy, feeling alone, hopeless, negative thoughts about self and baby, and feeling disconnected from the child.  Again, a combination of talk therapy and drug therapy is suggested in the NICE Guidelines.  (NICE Guidelines) 

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD):

In my experience Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), has symptoms in general of the person not wanting to go out when the weather is not nice where there is a repeated pattern.  This can lead to weight gain, feeling low, where there the person becomes withdrawn.  Further symptoms are anxiety, irritability, lethargy.  There is usually a pattern of the symptoms starting in the early winter days and lasting to Spring.  It is noted that this kind of low mood can be treated with talk therapy and/or other treatments.

Atypical Depression:

In my experience, this is a common type of depression that can be overlooked and less known about than major depression.  Signs of this type of depression can be heaviness in arms and legs; more so with excessive sleep and eating which can be combined with weight gain, irritability and relationship issues.  Reactive moods to good and bad things happening with a long-term pattern of sensitivity to external factory with a fear of rejection.

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS):

Premenstrual Syndrome is a type of fluctuating mood state that affects women at certain times of the month, sometimes called PMS; usually in the latter part of her monthly cycle, where symptoms may include low mood, anxiety, and where maybe relationships are impacted .

Dissociation & Trauma:

“Dissociation is also referred to in the account of acute stress disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder”.
If you are experiencing what sounds like the above then call me to discuss further on 07950 906421 or 07704 445944.

(Above taken from Psychiatry Part 1, Shorter Oxford Text Book of, (2004), Gelder Michael, Mayou Richard, Cowen Philip, pg254)

Depersonalisation & Derealisation

“Depersonalisation is a change of self-awareness such that the person feels unreal, detached from his own experience and unable to feel emotion.  Derealisation is a similar change in relation to the environment… Despite the complaint of inability to feel emotion, both depersonalisation and derealisation are described as highly unpleasant experiences”.
If you are experiencing what sounds like the above then call me to discuss further on 07950 906421 or 07704 455944.

(Above taken from Psychiatry Part 1, Shorter Oxford Text Book of, (2004), Gelder Michael, Mayou Richard, Cowen Philip, pg20).

Eating Disorders: 

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.  

Fertility / Infertility with the Fertile Body Method: 

I am a qualified Fertile Body Method 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)

Hypno-birthing with Easi-birthing:

I am a qualified Easi-birthing Practitioner and specialise in hypno-birthing using the Easi-birthing Method.  (read more)

Sleep & Relaxation:

There is no such thing as an ideal length of sleep.  Some people need less sleep and others need more.  There is usually a pattern of requiring less sleep as we grow older.  As we age there is a hormone called melatonine that reduces.  Babies are usually full of melatonine.  There are different way to get more melatonine; tablet form, food and other.

However, our mood can effect our sleep where we experience interrupted sleep, cannot get to sleep, early awakening, or just feeling like we are not refreshed; even after a long sleep.    (read more) 

Stress Management: 

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)

Stress balance
Stress balance

Trauma & PTSD:

Trauma & Post Traumatic Stress Disorder are both generic labels for an unforeseen traumatic event that has occurred in a person’s life. 

A traumatic event is an emotional shock where a person cannot easily immediately process what has happened, the implications of what has happened, and / or come to terms with it.  After a traumatic experience is is normal to experience unpleasant feelings, emotions, and bodily sensations.  We are all different and sometimes these feelings can come to the fore earlier or later, to a lesser or greater extent; depending upon your pre-disposition.  Generally some of the symptoms of PTSD are fear & anxiety, depression or feeling low, re-experiencing and remembering visually, physical arousal, avoidance, difficulty concentrating, sensing a loss of control, guilt, shame and anger, unable to function and move forward. (read more)

Weight Management / 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)

Hypno Band Licensed Practitioner:

I am a licensed Hypnotic Band Practitioner (read more)

Stop Smoking / Smoking Cessation:

We all know that smoking is bad for your health.  The truth is you can stop smoking easily if you really want to. (read more)


Maggie Bell Counselling & Hypnotherapy (Bromley & Lewisham)
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