Author Archives: Noel Bell

About Noel Bell

Psychotherapist in London. Check out my blog posts and more at www.noelbell.net

Quantum Leaps in the Evolution of Therapeutic Hypnosis


In this podcast I had a fascinating chat with Tommy Hanchen, about his article Quantum Leaps in the Evolution of Therapeutic Hypnosis in which he argues that contemporary psychotherapy owes a great debt of gratitude to the history of hypnosis. In … Continue reading

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My interview with Professor Windy Dryden


I recently chatted with Windy Dryden about CBT and integrative psychotherapy. Windy was the first appointed professor of counselling studies at Goldsmiths College, University of London, in 1992.  In the interview we discuss the challenges of editing the Handbook on … Continue reading

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If it feels good get worse, if it feels bad get better


Recovery from addiction (with a spiritual twist) I came across 3-s therapy or Spiritual Self-Schema in my recent reading. This is a manual based therapy developed by Avants and Margolin. The chief objective of the therapy is to enable clients to develop, build upon and habitually activate … Continue reading

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We feel the pain of a loss much more than we feel the pleasure of a gain


I recently watched the excellent BBC Horizon documentary on decision making. The programme featured the very interesting work of Professor Daniel Kahneman (pictured, left) from Princeton University and his late colleague Amos Tversky.  They had demonstrated for over 30 years several replicable ways in which human … Continue reading

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My interview with John Rowan


On Tuesday I interviewed Dr John Rowan about integrative psychotherapy practice.  In the interview John tells me about his ideas on psycho spiritual development, levels of consciousness and his views on personification.  Well known in the psychotherapy environment for his work on Subpersonalities, … Continue reading

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Can Attachment Theory form part of an integrative model of psychotherapy


Jonathan Bowlby has been described by Storr as “one of the three or four most important psychiatrists of the twentieth century.”  For the purposes of this post, I intend to focus on his work on Attachment Theory. Bowlby was troubled by … Continue reading

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What is transpersonal psychotherapy?


One of the dangers in trying to define transpersonal psychotherapy is that one can become overly analytical and miss the core essence of the approach. For transpersonal psychotherapists will maintain that the interaction with the client is heart felt, not theory … Continue reading

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Healing with breath and sound


This past weekend I attended the healing with breath and sound three day experiential workshop,  a mandatory requirement for my postgraduate diploma in counselling and psychotherapy at the CCPE.  This seminar explored  the use of breath and sound in order to try and restore harmony … Continue reading

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Alchemical Operations in Psychotherapy


This blog has charted my journey through a transpersonal (integrative) psychotherapy training course at CCPE in London. I am now in year three. So far this year we have had lectures on existential psychotherapy, Jungian Symbolism and the transpersonal theories of Michael Washburn and Ken Wilber. In the first year we had … Continue reading

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Regression in the service of transcendence – The ideas of Michael Washburn


For the past two weeks we have had lectures on the transpersonal ideas of Ken Wilber.  If that wasn’t sufficiently academic we then had a lecture this week on the concept of regression in the service of transcendence, the work and … Continue reading

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