Hello, my name is Maggie Bell. I am a Counsellor, Hypnotherapist & NLP Personal Coach in Bromley and Grove Park. I am registered with the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and the General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR).
I OFFER A FREE PRE-INITIAL ASSESSMENT, BASED ON OVER 25 YEAR NHS EXPERIENCE, WORKING IN MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES, GP SERVICES, INPATIENT SERVICES, AND COMMUNITY SERVICES.
CALL ME ON 07950 906421 FOR YOUR FREE PRE-INITIAL ASSESSMENT!
MY BACKGROUND IN SUMMARY:
I have years of experience working within both the private and public sector; (25+ years NHS experience working with patients, their families and carers; in both primary and secondary care). 10 years in private practice; where I now practice in a very therapeutic setting full time (see below some images of my practice).
WHERE I PRACTISE:
As you can see… I practice is in a very private, natural, secluded and confidential setting adjacent to the green chain walk; where there is wildlife, running water; and a peaceful environment that will allow you to really touch base with yourself . This confidential therapeutic environment alone will help you to explore easily with me any difficulties you are experiencing.
THE WAY I WORK:
Although our work would begin with a FREE pre-initial assessment, I would be constantly reviewing your progress and reflecting this back to you, throughout our work together, so that you can see the therapeutic work you are engaging in; layer itself strength by strength.
At the beginning of our work, or during the process of our work, you can choose to have counselling with some hypnotherapy integrated into your treatment plan if you wish, or vice versa, if it is appropriate to your needs and circumstances. Both therapies address the same issues, however, depending upon your individual symptomatic experience, I would be able to help you with choosing the right therapy for you as a unique individual and both generic and unique symptoms. I have to say that in my experience combining therapies to the needs of the individual person usually brings faster results of the desired goals.
It all depends upon you…some people prefer counselling/psychotherapy (talk therapy) and others like the flexibility of adding in some hypnotherapy even for just relaxation, as hypnotherapy is very relaxing and can teach a person’s body just how to relax as the body has a memory. Ultimately I will help you to choose the pathway relevant to your needs as an individual.
Some more images of what you would see when visiting my practise:
The way I practise, and where I practise, is both warm and professional, where the milieu is already so peaceful with the sound of running water, the smell of nature, where there is vibrant colour and sporadic wildlife; which is adjacent to the Green Chain Walk. I believe, the setting I practise within creates the perfect environment for therapy. I believe the environment to be a very important aspect of our wellbeing, and therapy is no different.
IN SUMMARY WHAT IS COUNSELLING?
One to one, face-to-face, counselling with a qualified counsellor can help you to discover who you really are, and give you a clearer visualisation, and strengthen all your senses to enable you to see yourself from your outside world more clearly. When we can only see ourselves from the inside looking out, we can feel emotionally entwined and maybe become entangled in negative patterns and thus feelings, which may cloud your vision of your true-self and thus stop you moving forward.
In a healthy therapeutic alliance (and good client/therapist relationship), the presence of good rapport is key to a positive experience, where therapist’s level of empathy (understanding) is very important. Rapport and understanding enhance connection. When we feel understood we feel more able to connect and build trust which enables therapeutic self exploration. I strive to offer advanced empathy based on longevity as an evolving therapist, who has evolved over the years in many different therapeutic setting, and with many personal life experiences.
I will strive to understand you, without judgement to build a healthy therapeutic alliance, that is warm and professional and, of course, ethical.
Once you are on a healthy therapeutic journey with a therapist that you feel connected to, with the above in place, you will start the process of understanding the issues as well as yourself better, so that you can pave the way, and build strategies that will enable and empower you to manage the issues and be the person you want to be; and thus achieve your optimum physically and psychologically, whilst taking control of what you can…
… the pebble drops into the pond and the ripples go out.
Some people spend so much time and energy trying to control what they cannot – gaining insight into what we cannot control, or do not even need to, relieves anxiety and stress. Others work so hard at trying to stay the same… like that’s even possible!
THERAPIES I OFFER INDIVIDUALLY OR COMBINED:
Person Centred (Humanistic) Therapy:
… in summary focusses on you feeling understood (empathy) in a warm and professional environment (where trust can build) where you will not feel judged. This is a very important aspect of any therapy and needs to be right for healthy growth; just like a see planted in the right kind of soil to grow strong healthy roots.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT):
… in summary establishes the symptoms and learning the negative patterns that will be repeating. To be honest most people have already started to identify negative patterns when looking for professional therapy, however, with trained professional experienced therapist (acting as your outside world in therapy), reflecting back to you a bigger picture where the therapist is not emotionally held back within the process, you can then start to visualise your bigger picture and make it tangible, and access it to consciously make changes. This therapy has the option of working in the session and then, if you want, having work to apply to outside of the session. This can provide a paper trail where you can then see your progress within a therapeutic approach, however. this 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 I will tailor the work to your individual needs as a person and the natural strengths you hold.
… in summary focusses on looking at your past, maybe as far back as childhood, or maybe not so far back, but certainly looking back at what might be affecting the here and now, as part of the problems, and thus relevant to the issues being experienced. Experiences over time can become distorted, misunderstood, and /or your recall is very accurate. Either way distorted and misunderstandings can be explored as well as negative experiences that you accurately remember can be worked through in a safe environment with a satisfactory outcome.
As, already communicated, the above therapies are a summary only; of an combined integrative approach, and one may feel more prominent individually at certain times in the process – however, you will not overall notice the integration as that is my work, albeit I feel it is important for you to understand the process in order to be able to make an informed choice or decision as to whether you feel this would be helpful. What you will notice is a very flexible approach where you will start to feel autonomous over the symptoms and thus take control of them and other areas of your life.
Integrative Counselling: (combining Personal Centred, CBT & Psychodynamic):
… 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.
… can help individuals in a relationship to see themselves more clearly and how their individual past experiences, and other external factors, impact on their relationship. Relationship therapy can also help both individuals see the relationship as a whole, from the ‘outside’ looking in, rather than just staying caught up in the emotional turmoil, and therefore only able to see the relationship from the ‘inside’ looking out, and feeling weighed down in the current viscous cycle further complicated by past individual negative experiences and misunderstandings and external factors. Couple counselling is different from 1:1 therapy in that the therapy focusses 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.
IN SUMMARY WHAT IS HYPNOTHERAPY?
…. hypnotherapy can be very effective positively, when working ethically and appropriately, It is great for relaxation purposes; and within the overall process will really help you to get a grip with most issues (in the shorter-term, rather than longer) such as anxiety and most issues that have a psychological component.
… my hypnotherapy skills, underpinned with (see above CBT) Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and/or NLP Neuro-linguistic Programming (see below NLP), I feel allows me to work even more flexibly where you as a client have the option at any stage of experiencing deep relaxation to facilitate any hypnotic work involved to help you achieve your personal goals, as well as underpinned the hypnosis with counselling. Alternatively counselling underpinned with hypnosis…the choice is yours!
… counselling focuses mostly on the conscious part of your mind, whereas hypnotherapy focusses on your unconscious/subconscious mind, and is excellent for integrating in the counselling process where you want to build your self esteem, or confidence, or as already mentioned just to experience some relaxation techniques.
… with Hypnotherapy I am able to, but only with your written permission, tape the session and offer you any CD FREE OF CHARGE, where appropriate. The theory for this is that listening to words, music, or any sounds, repeatedly, will over time, embed deeper into your unconscious/subconscious mind – of course it is your choice if you want to listen to the CD out of your session.
Hypnotherapy relates more to your unconscious/subconscious mind, where as counselling relates more to the conscious mind. Research indicates that the mind is 10% conscious and 90% unconscious/subconscious.
IN SUMMARY WHAT IS LIFE COACHING NLP (NEURO-LINGUISTIC PROGRAMMING)?
…in summary life coaching NLP relates to your personal blue print of the world and the changes you can make to enhance your world. It can be very useful in building your motivation, using your strengths, to help you move forward with your difficulties; ie channelling any negative into positive and building you to be the person you feel you want to be. (read more)
AREAS I WORK WITH & SPECIALISMS:
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 a 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
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. (learn more)
Panic attacks can start for many different reasons. The good news is that they can be managed and with time controlled. (learn 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. (learn 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. (learn 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. (learn 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. (learn more)
An Eating Disorder can develop very slowly with our closest loved ones not realising there is a problem; including the person with the disorder. An Eating Disorder can be a major problem and very noticeable or it can be hardly noticeable and less major. The relationship you have with food is the same as any relationship and sometimes requires a little focus on the relationship to review it or take action and get help with accessing a specialist service. (learn more)
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. (learn 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.
In my experience it is about getting the balance, but there is no exact normal balance; as everyone has different tolerance levels; ie some people thrive on more stress than others. Some people do not manage stress so well. Have a look at the diagram below and imagine what you wold like your floating ship to look like to keep it floating in the right direction for you. It maybe that you are about to do a full on turn around. Compare what it looks like now to what you would like it to be. It may surprise you. Each compartment is not a must as in the diagram below, more so, a guide for you to indicate what is important to you! What would you like your boat to be like… what would you like to change! (learn more)
Weight Control & Healthy Eating:
Weight Control & Healthy Eating, using hypnotherapy, CBT, and NLP, with a focus on the underlying issues in addition to the symptoms, and moving forward to the person you want to be, and take control of the compounding issues that may be forming, or have been forming for quite a time. (learn more)
I specialise in STOP SMOKING IN ONE-TWO HOUR SESSION. 95% success rate. (learn more)
MORE ABOUT MY BACKGROUND:
I have a history of many years working in the NHS; ie the community healthcare sector, inpatient mental health services, GP surgeries, and hospital care… this vast experience has allowed me to help and support people experiencing addictions, anger, general anxiety GAD, Panic Anxiety, Phobia Anxiety, Social and Relationship Anxiety, Bereavement, Confidence issues, depression, eating disorders, fertility, weight issues, and other issues alike.
I have successfully experienced working with couples that are experiencing difficulties.
For a period of time I worked briefly in education, as an addition to the above, working with primary school children aged between 5 and 11 years. As well as gaining experience working with this very young age group in the educational milieu, I developed a greater awareness and understanding of the huge demands and stresses that are placed on both the education professionals that support the students, as well as the students themselves and their families, and I continue to work with education professionals in private practice.
In summary my expertise & qualifications are:
- 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 am a Hypnoband Licensed Practitioner.
My personal therapeutic mission statement:
I endeavour to offer the benefit of my expertise and experience within an ehanced 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 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.
More images below of my practise:
NHS Patient Advocate
NHS Mental health services inpatient & outpatient.
Private long term, and short term, private practise.
Short term GP surgery counselling.
Long term community counselling.
Community & private bereavement counselling.
Counselling schools (primary schools)
My qualifications and training:
HIGHER NATIONAL DIPLOMA IN COUNSELLING
DIPLOMA IN HYPNOTHERAPY
Further qualifications and training:
NLP Personal Coach
Working with Common Tensions in Relationships
Fertile Body Method Practitioner Specialist
Healthy Weight Control with Hypnotherapy Specialist
Hypno-Band Weight Loss System Licensed Practitioner Specialist
Stop Smoking with Hypnotherapy Specialist.
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.
Where you can find me:
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 there subject to the above and a confirmed appointment!