Carolyn Stafford Bell

Carolyn Stafford Bell

Registered Member MBACP (Accredited)

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Phone number
07756 879 734

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Therapist - Oakham

Oakham LE15
07756 879 734
Sessions from £45.00



Currently not taking on new clients: will review mid-June

Practice overview;

My practice is open on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays (daytime & evening) & Fridays (morning only)

My aim is to provide an environment where your thoughts and feelings are given the time and space to be voiced and heard.

I offer;

  • a counselling service in a purpose-built room (with toilet facilities) from my home in Oakham, Rutland.
  • face-to-face, or online counselling sessions, either short-term structured or long-term therapy, usually weekly or fortnightly sessions.
  • my service to individual clients, couples, family relationships (parent & child, older adult & parent, sibling & sibling, blended families).
  • supervision & reflective practice to individuals or groups

About me and my therapy practice

Personal introduction;

It's OK to not be OK. We all may need help at some point. Reaching out to a supportive professional can be the first and most significant step. For Stress, Anxiety, Depressive feelings, Grief, Trauma, Relationships - your well-being matters to me!

My perspective about counselling;

Our own thoughts/feelings are unique to us - this inner world can sometimes be destructive; negative thoughts or self-doubt. A rollercoaster of confusing and conflicting emotions. This may lead to anxiety (and /or) depression.  Anxiety/Stress can reduce our ability to cope with the pressures of life. Trauma, Bereavement, relationship or family issues are all experiences that can be very difficult and painful to deal with - we can be left feeling sad, alone and isolated.

We all experience problems in our lives at some point, whether it is a period of crisis, or perhaps we need to change some self-defeating patterns of thinking and behaviour.  When we are troubled we often don't know what type of help we need, we just know we need help. Telling someone you know (family/friends) may be difficult because it is personal and private, and they may offer their own opinion and advice, which may not be what you are wanting to hear, you may just want to let your troubles out.

Counselling offers a different form of helping; a non-judgmental response - counselling encourages you to work through painful feelings, to grow in self-understanding and confidence, or to explore and develop coping strategies by looking at your options.

Practice description

My approach to counselling is integrative, fundamentally built on the humanistic / person-centred approach (there are information pages available on the 'counselling directory' explaining the 'types of therapy' available). My aim is to provide an environment where your thoughts and feelings are given the time and space to be voiced and heard.

I am a registered accredited member of BACP, my ethical obligations and duty of care towards both clients and my profession are very important to me. I have an Enhanced DBS Certificate. I work with teens, adults, couples, family relationships. I also teach/lecture in counselling and participate in research.

My extended learning offers; working with grief & loss, stress, and trauma - graduated Master in Trauma-informed practice/ Trauma studies.  My most recent specialised interest is around; maternal emotional health, maternal well-being, paternal impact of becoming and being a father, pre & post-natal support for mothers & families, parenting difficulties...

Fees are currently;

  • Initial assessment appointment - £30 (50 minutes)

Note: £20 deposit for further booking, to cover cancellations/changes without notice

  • Individual session - £45 (50 minutes) session
  • Counselling students undertaking Personal Therapy requirements - £40 (50 minutes)
  • Student rate - £40 (50 minutes)
  • Couples Counselling - £50 (60 minutes)
  • Family counselling - £50 (per 60 minutes)

SUPERVISION FEES (see Supervision profile link)

Payment details;

Cash or credit/debit cards accepted - Payable at the end of each session. For online & telephone counselling - Invoice & Bank Transfer 

My first session

First I will offer an initial assessment;

In this session, we will discuss your needs for therapy, your expectations and goals - to ascertain whether I am suitable & competent to work with you, and you can then decide if what I offer meets your need.

I will ask questions around your reasons for coming to counselling and what you hope to achieve, along with some family history, relationships and your present position. We can also look at your expectations in terms of short-term time limited work or long-term therapy.

The choice is ultimately yours. It is important for you to find a counsellor you feel comfortable to work with and for you to decide if you feel comfortable working with me. There is no obligation to come to any further sessions. I feel it is helpful to review our work together after 3 or 6 sessions – to evaluate where you are at that particular time, and whether further sessions are needed, or work towards an ending, if appropriate. The initial assessment appointment will take up to 50 minutes.

If relevant I may offer you to complete a mental health questionnaire, to monitor the impact of your issues and how it is affecting you. I (& clients) find this useful and it allows us to see if any progress is evident as we work together.

What I can help with

Abuse, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Cancer, Child related issues, Cultural issues, Depression, Disability, Health related issues, Identity issues, Loss, Men's issues, Personal development, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Brief therapy, Family therapy, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Psychodynamic, Relational, Solution focused brief therapy, Transactional analysis

Clients I work with

Adults, Couples, EAP, Families, Groups, Older adults, Organisations, Trainee, Young people

How I deliver therapy

Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Time-limited

Supervisor - Oakham

Oakham LE15
07756 879 734
Sessions from £45.00



My practice is currently open on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday mornings

Face-to-face or online formats offered.

About me and my therapy practice

Practice overview;

My therapeutic space is a purpose-built room at my home address - a safe and comfortable space to reflect on your client work;

  • air conditioned
  • toilet & hand washing facilities
  • various coffees, fruit/herbal teas, chilled water
  • hand sanitiser
  • card/cash payments accepted
  • Sessions can be online via zoom, or face-to-face

Qualifications & professional standards;

I have both a Post Graduate Certificate and Diploma in Person Centred Counselling Supervision (BACP Endorsed). I am a registered accredited member of BACP, and I work within a Code of Ethics and Standards.

An introductory meeting for 1 hour is advisable. 

Practice description

  • My perspective and what I offer
  • My fees 

Firstly, I believe in good quality supervision!

Good supervision should be ethical, authentic and supportive - active, enlightening and spontaneous: trusting the process and gaining more self-awareness through reflective practice.

The way I work is from a humanistic perspective; to offer supervisee's a safe and confidential space to share their client work and feel supported in their practice, working with the individual need/level of experience of the supervisee in each session.


  • Initial meeting - £30 (1 hour)
  • Clinical supervision - £45 per hour (£65 per 1.5 hours)
  • Supervision for Counselling students - £60 per 1.5 hours (when cost to student)
  • Contract supervision - £70 per 1.5 hours
  • Group supervision – please contact for fees depending on size of group

Fees are subject to annual review in April

My first session

An introductory meeting for 1 hour is advisable to ensure we can establish a healthy professional relationship and both feel comfortable to work with the other. 

Fees are £30 for this initial meeting.

Types of therapy

Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Relational

Clients I work with

Adults, Couples, EAP, Families, Older adults, Organisations, Trainee, Young people

How I deliver therapy

Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling, Time-limited