Paula Bell

Training and qualifications

Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling State Registered Psychiatric Nurse HNC Integrative Counselling NC Counselling Skills and Theory Certificate in Cruse Bereavement Counselling Certificate in Cognitive Analytical Therapy Supervision Module Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASSIST)

Relevant Experience
Paula has been with Gay Men's Health since September 2002, working with issues related to sexual orientation, coming out, relationships, anxiety, body image and loss and bereavement. She has extensive experience during six years nursing at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital in the Psychodynamic model of group and individual therapy.

Areas of special Interest and Expertise
Loss and bereavement counselling, relationship difficulties, stress management, body image, low self esteem difficulties and relaxation techniques.

About my approach as a counsellor
I believe each human being possesses the inner strength to find their own path to a more fulfilling life, heightened self awareness and a fuller sense of self worth. I practice an Integrative approach to counselling calling on Humanistic, Psychodynamic and Cognitive-Behavioural therapy models thus aiming to bring more clarity, insight and honesty into people's lives, enabling them to find a more positive an 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 judgemental approach allowing my clients to feel comfortable to reveal thoughts and feelings, perhaps previously unheard.

It is often through the empathy and understanding offered by a counsellors that a client is finally able to hear their own voice. Gentle challenge can further enhance the ability to reflect upon 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. Thus aiming to bring more clarity, insight and honesty into people's lives, enabling them to find a more positive and appropriate way forward.