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Paula Bell
, Counsellor, Pilates, Psychotherapist, Relationship Therapist, Sex Therapist, Yoga Therapist
 - Edinburgh

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Paula Bell
Paula Bell

I offer individual and couple counselling for issues around relationship problems. anger, loss and bereavement, anxiety, depression, addictions, eating problems, change and decision making. I am also experienced to work with both individuals and couples who are experiencing sexual difficulties and can offer treatment programmes for Loss of desire, Dyspuruna, Vaginismus, Erection and Ejaculation problems and sex addiction.
Initially we would book an hour session to discuss your difficulties and decide how to progress, we will review our counselling on a regular basis to see how we are getting on and how effective you experience the therapy to be. I am a fully qualified experienced counsellor who has worked with a varied group of clients experiencing a diverse range of difficulties. I am registered with BACP and a member of COSRT and follow their professional code of ethics. I offer a confidential service and work with LGBT clients in an affirmative way.


Background & Qualifications

Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling.
State Registered Psychiatric Nurse
Certificate in Cruse Bereavement Counselling
Post Graduate Diploma in Psychosexual Therapy
Certificate in Couple Counselling
Diploma in Sex addiction
Certificate in Cognitive Analytical Therapy
Fully Qualified Couple Counsellor registered with Relationship Scotland
Applied Suicide Intervention (A.S.S.I.S.T) Facilitator
Diploma in Case Work Supervision
Emotional focused therapy externship/ skills1/2

My counselling experience
I counselled with Gay Men's Health from September 2002 to June 2006 working with issues related to sexual orientation, coming out, relationships, anxiety, body image and loss and bereavement.
I have extensive experience during six years nursing at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital in the Psychodynamic model of group and individual therapy.
I have been working with Couple Counselling since January 2007 and have a private practice seeing both individuals and couples and I am also a partner with Contact Counselling.
I have worked as a supervisor since April 2011 with counsellors from Relationships Scotland, Couple Counselling Lothian and Crossreach. I also supervise an administration staff group at Couple Counselling Lothian. My supervisees vary in experience from students gaining couple counselling experience to experienced counsellors working with individuals and couples in agencies and private practice.
I specialise in working with sex addiction and sexual problems, both for individuals and couples. My training as an Emotionally focused therapist helps couples to form a deeper intimate connection and a more fulling relationship.

My Specialisms

Psychosexual Therapy, Sex Addiction, Couple Counselling, Relationship Therapy, Emotionally focused Therapy, Eating Disorders, Sexual Orientaion, Transgender Issues, LGBT problems. Counselling Supervision.

Approach to Therapy & How I Work

I believe we possess the inner strength to find our own path to a more fulfilling life, heightened self awareness and a fuller sense of self worth. I practise an Integrative approach to counselling calling on Person-centred*, Psychodynamic** and Cognitive-Behavioural*** therapy models enabling more clarity, insight and honesty in your personal life and helping to find a more positive and appropriate way forward.
The quality of the counsellor/client relationship is key to bringing about change. I offer a safe, confidential environment and an open, non judgmental approach allowing my clients to feel comfortable to reveal thoughts and feelings, perhaps previously unheard.

It is often through the empathy and understanding offered that they are finally able to hear their own voice and reflect by looking on life with a new perspective.
My experience has given me the privilege of witnessing firsthand how we can and do access our own natural healing process successfully.

Person-centred:*
Person centred therapy provides the opportunity to develop a sense of self, where you can realise how your attitudes, feelings and behaviours are being negatively affected.

Psychodynamic Therapy:**
Psychodynamic therapy focusses on revealing the unconscious thoughts and feelings that influence you. It emphasises the importance of exploring your past to illuminate the way forward.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT):***
CBT addresses negative thought patterns that affect how you feel and behave. It is focused in the 'here and now' and may involve goal setting for the future. The emphasis is on positive thinking and avoidance of becoming stuck in self defeating patterns of thoughts and behaviour.

Therapies & Rates

Please note the rates detailed below are there to give you an idea of the therapists standard rates, we strongly advise you contact the therapist for more detailed rates and any offers they may have.

Therapy Appointment Type Rate
Psychotherapy In Person £40 per 60 minutes
Yoga Therapy In Person £45 per 60 minutes
Counselling In Person £40 per 60 minutes
Sex Therapy In Person £50 per 60 minutes
Pilates In Person £45 per 60 minutes
Relationship Therapy In Person £45 per 60 minutes

Additional Rate Information

Rates vary from £40 to £55 depending on type of therapy and wether it's individual or couple counselling. If someone is struggling with a low income a reduced rate maybe agreed.


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