Welcome to the personal website of Noel Bell.
I am currently retraining in counselling and psychotherapy (integrative) at the CCPE which is proving an amazing experience. Since its establishment in 1984, the CCPE has grown to be the largest training centre for transpersonal psychotherapy in the UK, occupying a five storey Regency building on the banks of the Grand Union Canal in Little Venice, London.The integrative course is a four year postgraduate diploma programme that is accredited by the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). The CCPE is also a member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).
My approach is to engage in active listening and to reflect back and summarise where appropriate. I can also work with the transference depending on the robust nature of the client’s ego defences. I am flexible in my theoretical approach depending on the particular needs of the client. I like the idea of carrying a counselling toolbox when seeing clients. I can draw upon several tools and techniques from a number of schools and traditions including psychodynamic, humanist, existential and transpersonal. This, for me, is what it means to be an integrative counsellor so that I may best meet the needs of my clients.
I undertook my psychiatric observational placement at South West London and St. George’s NHS Mental Health Trust which gave me an insight into the provision of secondary care services in the NHS. The Trust works in partnership with primary care, social care and voluntary organisations to provide high-quality mental health services in south west London and nationally. This placement gave me an excellent insight into the limitations of psychotherapy when dealing with certain mental illnesses.
Read my blog posts about training in Psychotherapy here.
Are you thinking of studying in psychotherapy? Deciding to retrain or merely looking to explore your own self development? Perhaps you are already in training but looking for placements? Not sure about experiential learning? My psychotherapy blog will give you a useful insight into the practicalities of retraining in counselling and psychotherapy.
The training path can be a long one but can also be a very fruitful experience. Here you will find resources about the world of counselling and psychotherapy, links and blog posts about training in psychotherapy.
Are you looking to find a counsellor or therapist? My section on finding counsellors and therapists can help you find the appropriate service. It is important that you feel comfortable with your therapist so that you can build trust and enter into an open and frank dialogue. Research has shown that the working alliance (the rapport between client and counsellor) is as important as the skills base of the counsellor or the theoretical orientation of the therapist. Often therapists will offer a free introductory session to assess how you could both get on working together. Check out the section on free guides for counselling and psychotherapy.
When I am not reading my books and attending lectures I am available for freelance project management projects.
What I am good at:
- Facilitation of groups
- Content design for websites and brochures
- Generating ideas and seeing the bigger picture
- Consultation and stakeholder engagement
- Mentoring, coaching and personal development
- Formulating research projects
- Risk analysis and trouble shooting
- Freelance Broadcasting and voiceovers
- Writing articles
- Project and programme management
My project management experience involves working on the full project life cycle. Key areas include: transformational agenda, business analysis, change management, identifying efficiency savings, Value for Money (VFM) reviews, collaborative procurement and outsourcing.
Mentoring, coaching and personal development
I am trained in active listening. Tailored one to one mentoring and coaching for you or your employees can be one way of improving productivity by identifying areas for improvement and better ways of working. I am used to working within a confidential framework and to promoting the needs of service users.
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Disclaimers: The views expressed in this blog are the personal views of the writer and should not be taken to represent the views of any organisation or institution.
I am a psychotherapist in training. I, therefore, do not provide psychotherapeutic services via this blog. If you are experiencing a crisis, call your personal therapist, go to your local hospital accident and emergency room or dial 999. I wish you all the best.