Carolyn Stafford Bell

Qualified and registered therapeutic counsellor in Oakham & Rutland, Leicestershire

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EMAIL: or CALL: 07756 879 734

Carolyn Stafford Bell

Therapeutic Counsellor/Psychotherapist - Registered MBACP (Accred)

Carolyn Stafford Bell


Carolyn Stafford Bell

Therapeutic Counsellor (BACP)



18 Chater road, OAKHAM LE15 6RY

07756 879 734



My name is Carolyn Stafford Bell. I am a qualified and registered therapeutic counsellor in Oakham & Rutland, Leicestershire.

I offer a confidential* service in a purpose built room from my home in Oakham, Rutland. I offer face-to-face counselling, either short-term structured or long-term therapy, usually weekly sessions. I can offer daytime & evening appointments.

My approach to counselling is integrative, fundamentally built on the person-centred philosophy. My aim is to provide a safe environment where your thoughts and feelings are given the time and space to be voiced and heard.

How My service might help

Anxiety/Stress can cause irritability and reduce our ability to cope with the pressures of life. Trauma, Bereavement, relationship issues and family issues are all experiences very difficult and painful to deal with, and we can feel very alone. Perhaps there is someone to talk to, but they do not fully understand how YOU feel and the effect it may be having on you.

We all experience problems in our lives at some point, whether you may be going through a period of crisis, or perhaps you are hoping to change self-defeating patterns of thinking and behaviour, and 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 opinion and advice.

Counselling is different, it provides a non-judgmental response, counselling enables you to work through painful feelings, to grow in self-understanding and confidence, explore and develop coping strategies by looking at your options.

Aim of Counselling

The aim of counselling is to provide you,the client,with a confidential opportunity to explore personal and relational issues in safety.The role of the counsellor is to help you through this process without judgement or telling you what to do.

What this all means:Counselling is a talking therapy and relies on you the client to talk and explore areas of your life that you are finding most difficult:counselling is a process, a joumey to self-discovery and hopefully healing.It is hoped that at the end of your counselling you feel in a better place to manage what is troubling you, with more awareness of your own feelings and your place in the world.Therapy is in individual experience and clients may come with a variety of issues and needs - no two clients are ever the same.You are unique and will be treated with care and respect.

I have helped many people who were struggling to deal with:

Depression/Low mood


Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Relationship problems

Family problems

Death, Loss & Bereavement

Addictions – drugs, alcohol, gambling

Low self esteem

Work related issues


Abuse – physical, emotional, sexual

Domestic violence

Couple counselling


I am an accredited registered member of BACP (British Association of Counsellors & Psychotherapists).

I work with teens, adults, couples and elders.

I also lecture in counselling and participate in research.

I hold an Enhanced DBS Certificate.

Training, Qualifications & Experience

Qualifications gained

• BA (First Class Honours) in Humanistic Counselling (University of Nottingham)
• Certificate & Diploma in Counselling (2011) - qualified status
• Working with Children & Young People
• Post Graduate Diploma in Supervision

I am committed to Continual Professional Development in line with my professional membership and undertake at least 30 hours per year - on further courses & workshops to build my counselling practice.



My ethical obligations and duty of care towards both clients and my profession are very important to me.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have attended further training in:

• Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Substance Misuse
• Working with Clients’ family issues
• Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
• Unlocking Abuse
• Grief & Loss
• Working with Fear & Anger
• Loss & bereavement
• Trauma: Developmental Stages
• Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
• Domestic violence
• Safeguarding
• Self Harm & Suicide in Children & Young People
• Mindfulness
• Online exploitation & Cyberbullying (CEOP)
• Child Protection Issues (NSPCC)
• NSPCC Keeping children safe online
• Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling Supervision (BACP Endorsed)
• Sexuality
• Working with Sex and Relationships in Counselling (COSRT)
• Congruence, Presence & Relational Qualities
• Self-development
• Process bodywork
• Dreamwork

and the list will continue...




Years of studying and practice has proved to me that it is never too late to change. Of course, it has to be the right time for you.

Aim of Counselling:

The aim of counselling is to provide you with a confidential opportunity to explore personal and relational issues in safety.The role of the counsellor is to help you through this process without judgement or telling you what to do.I may on occasions give information or offer suggestions.During counselling, we set goals agreed between the client and the therapist.The client agrees to work towards the agreed goals.Once the assessment is complete, I will discuss my understanding of your difficulties with you and agree a way forward.

It is important for you to be in control of your journey during therapy but with appropriate help, support and guidance you can develop the skills and techniques to use at any time without the need for on-going therapy.It is also 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 are no obligation to come to further sessions.



To contact 'Carolyn' please

If you have any questions about how I might be able to help, you are welcome to ask me!

18 Chater road, OAKHAM LE15 6RY

07756 879 734

Rates & Terms

Fees – Payable at the end of each session by Cash or Credit/Debit cards.

Fees are currently:

• Initial assessment appointment - £25 (up to 45 minutes) + £20 deposit for further bookings
• Individual session - £40 (50 minutes) session.
• Counselling students undertaking Personal Therapy requirements - £30 (50 minutes)
• Couples Counselling - £45 (60 minutes)
• Clinical supervision - £40 per hour, £60 per 1.5 hours
• Counselling students supervision - £50 per 1.5 hours
• Group supervision – please contact for fees

Working hours & Availability

My normal hours of practice are:

• Mondays 9.30am -1pm, 4pm – 9pm
• Tuesdays 9.30 – 1pm, 4pm - 9pm
• Wednesdays 9.30am -1pm, 4pm – 9pm

Out of term time, adjustments of hours/ days will be given in advance.

Counselling Supervision

I have gained a Post Graduate Diploma in Supervision from a BACP Endorsed course.

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.

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

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.

Fees for Supervision are currently £40 per hour, and subject to annual review.

Group supervision (maximum 3) £20 each per 1.5 hours.

18 Chater road, OAKHAM LE15 6RY
07756 879 734



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Carolyn Stafford Bell

Therapeutic Counsellor

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07756 879 734

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