Carolyn Stafford Bell

Carolyn Stafford Bell


Registered Member MBACP (Accredited)

Contact information

Phone number
07756 879 734

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Therapist - Oakham

Oakham LE15
07756 879 734
Sessions from £55.00

Features

Availability

Practice overview;

My practice is open to clients Monday to Thursday. Enquiries Monday to Friday. Please note: as a private practitioner & for professional selfcare, my work phone and email contact during the weekend will be answered and actioned on a Monday morning

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 counselling or long-term psychotherapy, usually weekly or fortnightly sessions.
  • to individual clients, couples, family relationships (parent & child, older adult & parent, sibling & sibling, blended families).
  • supervision & reflective practice to individuals or groups (see supervision profile)


Hours of practice;

  • Mondays 9.30am – 7.30pm
  • Tuesdays 9am – 7.30pm
  • Wednesdays 9am - 7.30pm
  • Thursdays 9am - 5pm
  • Fridays & weekends - Closed


Fees are currently:

  • Initial assessment appointment - £70 (up to 45 minutes). 
  • Individual daytime sessions - £55 (11am - 5pm)
  • Evening sessions - £60 (starting from 5pm)
  • Personal Therapy requirements - £50
  • Couples Counselling - £70 - daytime, £75 after 5pm
  • Family counselling - £75
  • For BUPA members: please obtain authorisation code prior to booking appointment 


My extended learning offers; working with grief & loss, stress, and trauma - (graduated Master in Trauma-informed practice/ Trauma studies). I am also interested in further research.

My most recent interest is around expecting and new mothers, which includes; maternal emotional health, maternal well-being, the paternal impact of becoming and being a father, pre & post-natal support for mothers & families, parenting difficulties...

I have an Enhanced DBS Certificate.

About me and my therapy practice

Introduction;


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.  It's OK to not be OK.

Sometimes life can get too much for us, we may struggle with our thoughts and emotions or perhaps just coping with everyday life. Do you need to take time out?  Do you need someone to talk with?

I will work with you to work through what is currently inside your head, we will work at your pace.  There is never a rush, or pressure to tell me things your just not ready to share.


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 many forms of anxiety (and /or) depressive symptoms.  

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.  

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 offload.

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



Practice description

My approach to counselling is integrative, fundamentally built on the humanistic approach.  I work in a person-centred way which means that you are at the heart of the session.  My aim is to provide an environment where your thoughts and feelings are given the time and space - to be voiced, heard, processed, and overcome.


Fees are currently:

  • Initial assessment appointment - £70 (up to 45 minutes). 
  • Individual daytime sessions - £55 (11am - 5pm)
  • Evening sessions - £60 (starting from 5pm)
  • Counselling students undertaking Personal Therapy requirements - £50
  •  Couples Counselling - £70 - daytime, £75 after 5pm
  • Family counselling - £75

Sessions can be weekly or less frequent to suit you.

Individual counselling sessions are 50 minutes long. Couples/Family are 1 hour.

I offer short term focused sessions or longer-term sessions.


Payment details;

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


FOR SUPERVISION (see Supervision profile link)


My first session

First I will offer an initial assessment appointment;

This first session gives us a chance to explore what you feel you may wish to work through in counselling and whether you feel counselling is right for you.  We will discuss your needs for therapy, your expectations, and any goals you wish to achieve from counselling – to ascertain whether I am suitable & competent to work with you, and you can decide if what I can offer meets your need.

I will ask questions around your reasons for coming to counselling and what you hope to achieve, along with your history, family & personal relationships in your life.  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 2, 4 or 6 sessions – to evaluate where you are at that time in your counselling journey, and whether further sessions are needed, or to work towards an ending, if appropriate.  The initial assessment appointment will take up to 45 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, Menopause, 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, Systemic, Transactional analysis

Clients I work with

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

How I deliver therapy

Long term sessions, Long-term face-to-face work, Online therapy, Short term sessions, Short-term face-to-face work, Time-limited

Supervisor - Oakham

Oakham LE15
07756 879 734
Sessions from £60.00

Features

  • Concessionary rates

Availability

Hours of practice;

  • Mondays 11am – 9pm 
  • Tuesdays 10am – 9pm
  • Wednesdays 9.30am - 7pm
  • Thursdays 10am - 5pm
  • Fridays & weekends - Closed

Face-to-face or online formats offered.

Supervision available Wednesdays & Thursdays

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 a Post Graduate 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 

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.


Current fee structure;

  • Initial meeting - £40 (1 hour)
  • Clinical supervision - £60 per hour, £90 per 1.5 hours
  • Supervision for Counselling students - £75 per 1.5 hours (when cost to student)
  • Group supervision – £60 per hour split between a group         of  2-3.   (Please contact for groups over 3)

Fees are subject to annual review every April

Payment;

Face-to-face - cash, credit/debit cards accepted - Payable at the end of each session. 

For online supervision - Invoice & Bank Transfer 


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 £40 for this initial meeting.

Types of therapy

Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Relational, Solution focused brief therapy

Clients I work with

Adults, Children, Couples, EAP, Families, Older adults, Organisations, Trainees, Young people

How I deliver therapy

Home visits, Long term sessions, Long-term face-to-face work, Online therapy, Short term sessions, Short-term face-to-face work, Time-limited