Hello! Welcome to Maggie Bell, Online & Telephone Counselling, Hypnotherapy & NLP Life Coaching (Bromley & Lewisham).
I am a very qualified and experienced Counsellor, Hypnotherapist and Neuro-Linguistic Practitioner; professionally registered with BACP & GHR.
I offer a FREE GENUINE PRE-INITIAL 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.
Where I practice:
Currently telephone and online counselling means that you are in your space and I am in mine and therapy is via technology. However, usually, I offer a confidential, warm, comfortable space that is professional and calming. The Cabin where I practice is private, warm and welcoming with its own log burner (see below) crackling in the background on even those cold days therapeutic. Obviously when this virus situation calms down this venue below is the one I will be using.
Where I am based:
FREE CAR ROADSIDE EASY PARKING, WITH NO RESTRICTIONS.
I am about a 15 minute walk away from Grove Park Train Station and Grove Park Bus Garage (Post Code: SE12 0PW).
Or 10 minutes walk from the Toyota Car Garage in Burnt Ash (Post Code: BR1 5AJ). The 261 and the 126 stop right outside the Toyota Garage.
The local buses to Grove Park and the Toyoto Car Garage 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.
I have always felt that online therapy or telephone therapy should not replace in-person therapy; whilst believing it can compliment the therapeutic process where needs must. However, with the recent virus issue, I am offering online and telephone counselling as the main method of my approach to work ethically.
In addition to the above; I also understand that there are times where it is too difficult to attend therapy. If you have a good reason for not being able to attend such as mobility, disability then I am willing to assess if online is beneficial in your circumstances. However, it is not for convenience, as counselling requires commitment and the more you put in; the more you will get out. Put gold in; get gold out, whatever gold you can manage.
In addition to the above; I also I understand that there are times when telephone counselling maybe your only option. I believe that face to face is best; however, in circumstances where the telephone is your only option, then I’m willing to meet you on that level but only where I believe it will be the best option for you in your circumstances with regards to a duty of care from my side.
Person Centred Counselling (online & telephone):
As a Personal Centred Counsellor I will work with you focussing on you the person as well as the symptoms you are experiencing. Symptoms can be general, however, as a person you will be unique. You will have individual strengths. As a qualified NLP coach working with you as a person centred counsellor; I will help you timely to identify your strengths to help you overcome the struggles.
Cognitive Behavioural Counselling (online & telephone):
As a Cognitive Behavioural Counsellor I will help you understand your symptoms in our sessions; as well as supply you with the written information you need, that is easily to follow and digestible, to really help you to get a grip on the symptoms you are experiencing.
Psychodynamic Counselling (online & telephone):
As a Psychodynamic Counsellor I will help you to explore the roots of the issues you are experiencing. Sometimes we need to get to the roots to really understand why we are the person we have become. Such as development building blocks that have not formed or strengthened can be revisited and reinforced in therapy.
Integrative Counselling (online & telephone):
Basically is the above integrated. You would not notice the integration; it would just unfold naturally. The information above is summarised so as to explain briefly what each therapy is; as it can be a mind field for people looking for the right therapy for them. The more you understand; the more you can make that informed decision but do not forget I offer a FREE PRE-INITIAL ASSESSMENT, to put the flesh on the bones for you as to what therapy you may find useful. That said the most important part of any therapy in my opinion is the way you feel within the rapport between the therapist and yourself. So if this feels right so far keep reading, as there is more….
Couple Counselling (online):
As a trained, experienced, Couple Counsellor, I have found it to be most beneficial to offer one 1:1 session each to identify your individual unique goals in Couple Counselling, as well as the goals you both have in common for the sake of the relationship. The Couple Counselling Therapy Model that I work with focusses on everything that effects that relationship. The way we parent, resolve issues and more…
Bereavement Counselling (online & telephone):
Bereavement Counselling is never usually only to do with a loss of a loved one. Any loss can bring up compounded issues of other losses, life changing adjustments. A loss can be like a pebble dropping into a pond; the ripples go out and sometimes beyond comprehension. Those ripples can manifest (in both my personal and professional experience) psychologically, mentally, physically and spiritually.
As a qualified, experienced Counsellor, I am also a qualified and experienced Hypnotherapist. This means that my clients have the option to work even more flexibly and extensively, short-term and long term, with the focus on the subconscious and unconscious mind.
Neuro-Linguistic Coaching (online & telephone):
Most clients in my experience once they have explored the issues, they ask the question, what do I need to do to move forward in my life. I am a qualified and experience NLP Practitioner. NLP focusses on you personally tapping into your strengths so that you can gain insight for yourself to overcome difficulties.
Some issues I work with:
Anger like Love is a powerful emotion. In love, we tend to behave kindly in search of sharing happiness. In anger our instinctual response can be to lash out; to make distance; to hurt.
Anger effects different people in different ways. One example is that some people express anger inwardly as others may express anger outwardly. Another example is that some people will channel anger productively, while others negatively. Anger can be a wall!…in that it can blur vision and forward thinking. (Call)
General Anxiety Management:
General anxiety usually is related to the way we think. The way we think effects the way we feel and subsequently the way we behave. Tension and anxiety are common problems. My therapeutic approach involves teaching people how to cope with methods that may be similar to learning a new skill. If you can remember learning new skills at various points in your life; then managing anxiety is something you can learn with me.
Health Anxiety Management:
Anxiety can be triggered for many different reasons. However, in my experience Health Anxiety can worsen over time and very often can stem from a negative experience, sometimes going back as far as childhood. I have worked with people with Health Anxiety very successfully in a short period of time, as well as a longer period of time, depending upon how ingrained the Health Anxiety has become. Often though it can feel more ingrained than it is and with in following the right therapeutic pathway can be resolved sometimes very easily. (Call me)
Depression & Low Mood:
Depression can go hand in hand with Anxiety and sometimes obsessive, compulsive, tendencies. If you have been diagnosed with depression, or feel that you have been feeling down for a longer period of time where you find yourself now really struggling to function; then maybe its time to talk to someone.
In my opinion, and experience, depression can have links to so many other mental health areas. Its normal to feel depressed after a bereavement or some kind of life changing event that feels detrimental to your wellbeing, however, it can also have links to trauma, anger and more. Please feel free to give me a call and discuss your personal experience and I will be delighted to hear from you and discuss further.
Depersonalisation & Derealisation Management:
“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”.
(Above taken from Psychiatry Part 1, Shorter Oxford Text Book of, (2004), Gelder Michael, Mayou Richard, Cowen Philip, pg20).
Domestic Violence / Emotional Abuse:
It is common for people who are in an abusive relationship to doubt their own feelings; bury them so deeply even, that they lose their way and feel lost. It is common to doubt that the relatinship is abusive. If your perception; your reality, is that you feel abused in a relationship, or relationships, then therapy can help you to find yourself again and gain insight to circumstances and move forward to more deserving relationships; especially the relationship you have with yourself. Call me to discuss in total confidence with no obligation. You do not have to give your name and I will be so glad to hear from you and that you have taken your first step to freedom! (Call me)
Bullying can have a long-term detrimental effect on our mental, physical and spiritual health. If you think and/or feel bullied then talk to someone; as it is unacceptable and does not have to continue. It is common for a person feeling bullied to feel all sorts of negative internal emotions which can create a vicious cycle where you may may then feel you do not know where to begin. Then start at the beginning by talking to someone in confidence. Take advantage of my genuine complimentary pre-initial telephone assessment to discuss your pathway forward.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD):
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder can hinder functioning; especially when challenged. In my opinion it has a relationship to childhood development. Most people will have a little bit of obsessive-compulsive within their personality. In understanding OCD it may help you to know that it is separated into two categories in summary. Obsessive being negative thoughts and compulsive rituals usually related to safety. The therapies that I am able to offer and combine, a pick and mix if you like, are so flexible and easy flowing; and therefore can help a person who needs to be in control; take control within a supported therapeutic process. I would say as an experienced therapist working in this field that going with the flow can carry you forward with less resistance to hinder a natural process of progression.
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. Anxiety can impact on confidence levels and confidence can in turn increase anxiety; a negative cycle that can be broken. I offer a programme to build your confidence in identifying what the negative cycle composes of and breaking it down into bite sizes so that you can feel in control.
Bereavement & Loss:
We all experience loss and life changing adjustments in life at some time or other. The bereavement process cannot be avoided. Delayed sometimes, but not avoided. I offer with regards to bereavement therapy; helping you to know where you are in the process, so you can understand better and see yourself from the outside looking in; as well as from the inside looking out. (Call me)
Fertility & Hypno-birthing:
In this busy life of ours; women especially can put off having children to the time feels right. Usually the right time is a bit of a myth. As in the right loving environment the birth of a child can feel like a gift where all the practicalities are managed anyway. But this means that for couples that are delaying having a family the age factor can come into play. Most times it’s just a case of alleviating the tensions of everyday life psychologically, mentally, physically and spiritually. With this approach I have had successful outcomes whilst working within the six stage structure of the Fertile Body Method as a FBM Therapist.
Hypno-birthing has many different methods. For many years women have reported negative experiences for one reason or another. I am qualified and experienced in working with the Easibirthing Method. Commonly known as hypno-birthing; hypno-birthing is a therapeutic process to learn how to take control of what ought to be a beautiful natural experience. My aim is to help you to feel in control and build your resources to pathe your own therapeutic wonderful pathway forward feeling in control,
Eating Disorder Management:
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. In my experience negative food patterns develop in childhood, which can be explored and revisited . (READ MORE)
Mental Illness / Carer:
Are you a carer for whatever reason? Or have you have been diagnosed with a mental illness or caring for somebody who is mentally ill; and feel you would like to access community support, then please do give me a call to discuss your pathway forward. As a carer, a space to feel understood, can strengthen you to carry on the good work that you are doing and help you to build strategies to cope with your own individual role as a carer as well as take care of your loved one. Call me with absolutely no obligation to discuss your pathway forward.
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 increase melatonine; levels including therapy. As 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. As a therapist that works with people with sleep issues, I have learned that stress, anxiety, depression, trauma and more can be the underlying issue. Lack of sleep or sleep deprivation is the symptoms usually of something underlying.
Trauma / PTSD:
I believe we all experience Trauma to one degree or another. However, sometimes things happen in life that stay with us, no matter how hard we try to move on; forward. If you are experiencing the after effects of what you perceive to be a traumatic experience then I would suggest that you speak to someone. You could start with calling me to discuss informally where you feel you are at in this present moment and become aware of your options with no obligation. I look forward to hearing from you. (Call)
Stop Smoking in one session:
You already know that smoking is bad for your health. Hypnotherapy is very successful to help you stop smoking easily if its what you really want. It is a fact that most people stop in one session with me. Learn more to prepare!
Stress can be divided into parts. Internal stress and external stress! Healthy stress and unhealthy stress! Why do we become stressed? Well, usually it creeps up on us, and can get out of control. I offer a stress management program enabling you to dig down into the roots of the stress and with a flexible therapeutic approach, the roots can be reseeded, nurtured and nourished, to grow your own strengths to reform your life as you want it to be.
Work Related Stress:
It has been reported now for more than ten years that stress is on the rise for different reasons such as loneliness…the environment and other. I am hearing through my work and more, that work related stress is increasing to. I hear that people are working longer hours, not taking a lunch break, not taking breaks away where perfection is sought. We are human and not robots! If work related stress or any kind of stress is effecting your well being and functioning, perhaps as you are reading this now, (if what I am saying resonates); it maybe the right time to do something different!
Good effective time management can be learned in conjunction with management of yourself. However, sometimes there can be blocks holding us back. Once you identify the blocks then strategies can be built to manage them in order to create a clear pathway to move forward naturally; going from strength to strength.
There can be many reasons for looking for help with Healthy Weight Management. A pregnancy, stopping Smoking or even a Sugar Addiction. Even stress can cause weight to pile on…or fall off. Eating to sustain and maintain your body can alleviate stress and help you to feel balanced and in control. Usually when we look better on the outside we feel better on the inside and vice versa. The Hypnoband can be very useful to reduce and/or control your weight, however, weight is also about how you feel within yourself. I have had clients come after having the gastric band because they still feel fat???? If the weight is stubborn within what I offer to be a therapeutic psychological related to food process, then the Hypnoband can be an option, but for long-term results I believe that life style changes have to be adopted, believed and committed to. So therefore I advise my cliehnt that the Hypnoband only be a bolt onto healthy eating. (READ MORE)
Maggie Bell Counselling & Hypnotherapy (Bromley & Lewisham)
Where you can find me and contact me on Call me on: 07950906421
127 Portland Road
Hope to hear from you.