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Dr Loretta Bell

Dr Loretta Bell

Mobile 0409 800 385
Relationship Therapist, Clinical Psychologist

Dr Loretta Bell - Clinical Psychologist Melbourne

Mobile 0409 800 385

I like to work in a collaborative process in which therapy fits the person or couple I am seeing. I work integratively from a wealth of theories and counselling modalities that I have mastered over my years as a therapist. I don't see the world through disease or pathological lens, so my first port of call is usually to try to understand how my client or clients have found themselves in their current distress in the current lives and their history. Currently counselling remotely via internet.

PHONEPRACTICE LOCATIONS

  • 1/10 Little Chapel Street, Prahran, VIC 3181 0409 800 385 PHONE 0409 800 385
  • 1/23 Lansdowne Street, East Melbourne, VIC 3002 PHONE 0409 800 385 0409 800 385

Services

  • Counselling, Psychotherapy, Couples Therapy, Professional Training, Clinical Supervision, Phone Consultations, Online Video Consultations 
  • Due to the current Pandemic, I am currently socially distancing and working remotely via secure telehealth internet platforms (Z.oom & Coviu). I am hoping to provide continuity of service to my clients who may need services more than ever with the current world crisis. Please keep well and contact me if you want to have a chat about how all this might work :-)

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Communication Issues, Depression, Intimacy Issues, Pre-marital Counselling, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Trauma Recovery, Women's Issues  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    ACT, CBT, EMDR, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Interpersonal, Marriage and Family, Person Centred, Psychodynamic, Schema Therapy, Systems Theory, Trauma-Informed

    I am integrative and training in many therapeutic modalities. At heart, I am a humanist with a systemic overview with some psychodynamic influence. I utilise an emotionally focused framework in therapy. I am also training in schema therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). I am strongly influenced by interpersonal neurobiological thinking and attachment theory and patterns.

    ACCREDITATIONS

    • Doctor of Psychology (COUNS) - 2010 - Swinburne University
    • Graduate Diploma Clinical Psychology - 2012 - Swinburne University
    • Bachelor of Letters (with Honours) - 1996 - University of Melbourne
    • Bachelor of Arts - 1989 - Monash University
    • Graduate Certificate in Male Family Violence - 2007 - Swinbunre TAFE

    Professional Associations

    • Australian Psychological Society

    Quality Provision

    I am registered with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Authority and hold endorsement as a Counselling and Clinical Psychologist and a registered supervisor. I am also a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and a member of the both the College of Clinical and Counselling Psychology of the APS and am a registered supervisor.

    I regularly attend professional training and development.

    Background

    My background and training is in psychology and I have extensive training in relationship counselling and a particular interest and training in couple therapy. I see the world interpersonally and much of my individual therapy is influenced by this.

    Appointments

    Mon & Wed Prahran
    Fri in East Melbourne

    Fees

    $200 Individuals
    $220 Couples

    Payment Options

    Cash
    Credit Card (preferred)
    Funds Transfer
    Paypal
    Payment must be made on the day of session.



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    10 Questions with Loretta Bell

    • What led you to choose psychotherapy or counselling as a profession?

    • Many things probably led me to be a therapist, but my most motivating force was wanting to find a job that fitted within my humanistic values.
    • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

    • I am probably most influenced by a humanistic way of thinking, but in relationships, I love the concept of differentiation. In short, I believe that children are perfect adapters to their childhood environment to get the optimum benefit from what is on offer. I like to think that the challenge in adulthood is readoption to a different and hopefully good environment. Couples also have to adapt to each other. I find this much more helpful than thinking of people like they have a mental disorder, even though the diagnosis is useful and efficient and needed in some circumstances.
    • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

    • I love working with the interpersonal. How people adapt, act and react in relation to each other.
    • What method/s do you use?

    • I am integrative and utilise aspects of the following therapies as needed (one size never fits all :-)
      Emotion-focused therapy (EFT)
      Schema Therapy
      Experiential Therapy
      Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
      Somatic-based Trauma work
      Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
      Psychodynamic Therapy
      Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
      Mindfulness
      Gestalt
      Systemic Therapy
      Hellinger Constellations
      Family Therapy
      Gottman's Method and research
    • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

    • That's a big question....

      Sometimes it's actually when things heat up, not when they cool down. Luckily I have bright clients who can also judge for themselves if therapy is effective. I like to have an ongoing dialogue about this whether what I am doing works for the person that I'm working with.
    • How has therapy made you a better person?

    • I continually learn about my self and the world as I work with people. Being a therapist has expanded my viewpoint and stressed the importance of living within your values and acting towards your best self and acceptance of your ess than best self.
    • What do you like most about being a therapist?

    • The deep satisfaction I get when I can tangibly help someones through their troubles.....and the occasional shared laugh.
    • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

    • Who doesn't, but life's too short!
    • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

    • Who knows what I would have said a two weeks ago, but now it's definitely coronavirus.
    • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

    • 'The Summer Day' by Mary Oliver
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    Dr Loretta Bell

    Loretta Bell

    Relationship Therapist, Clinical Psychologist

    My background is as a clinical and counselling psychologist and I have around two decades of counselling experience. Over the years I have worked in various community settings as well as in private practice, counselling couples, individuals and groups. I also am the Program Leader in Couple Therapy training and coordinate the Specialist Course in Couple Therapy, and other courses and programs at Relationships Australia, Victoria. This a Master's level program for trainee couples therapists....

    • Prahran, East Melbourne
    • ACT, CBT, EMDR, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Interpersonal, Marriage and Family, Person Centred, Psychodynamic, Schema Therapy, Systems Theory, Trauma-Informed