Welcome To The Family: Cressida Bell Counselling
Our on-site, allied health partners are important, and often little known, members of the PFI family.
This month, we sat down with our newest family member, Cressida Bell of Cressida Bell Counselling to learn a bit more about her background and services.
My name is Cressida Bell, I trained as a Counsellor in London over 10 years ago. Whenever I’m asked why I chose this field, my answer is pretty simple:
I want to help people feel better: about themselves, their life and what lies ahead.
Counselling is really about removing the barriers that are stopping us from enjoying our life and feeling fulfilled.
- Welcome to PFI! What attracted you to PFI HQ in Myaree?
Thank you! Working from PFI HQ just feels like a great fit!
I really think one of the things we need to strive for, in order to be happier and healthier people, is finding some balance; however we choose to define it. For me, so much of Pilates is about balance: literally and figuratively. Some days it can be a balancing act just getting out the door to attend a class!
The physical and mental benefits of Pilates are many, and I’m so happy to be working in an environment that values physical and mental wellbeing.
- What do you do?
I work with individuals or couples affected by anxiety. Most often this anxiety is tied to a specific issue, for example: pregnancy/labour, public speaking or family/relationship problems.
Anxiety is the most common type of mental health condition affecting Australians today, and it tends to hit women hardest, with one in three affected. It can be like a weed that creeps into daily life, our relationships and impacts general well-being.
It’s almost too obvious to say, but: to improve how we feel about ourselves we need to reduce feelings of anxiety and worry. Of course, how we do this a highly personal experience that differs between individuals and couples.
Part of what I love about my job is working with people to identify how we can best resolve issues, and empowering them with skills and knowledge to improve the way they feel about themselves and their relationships.
What I do know for certain is the burden anxiety is not permanent! Sometimes in the thick of it, it is difficult to see the forest from the trees, but it will not last forever. Talking to a Counsellor is a great place to start on the road to recovery.
- What is the biggest challenge in your work, today?
We’ve come a long way as a country; modern Australia is far more open about mental health than we used to be. However, it’s probably fair to say that the idea of speaking to someone when things are tough, doesn’t fill the majority of the population with a sense of excitement: “Woo hoo! Let’s go to counselling!” Maybe not!
There’s still a lingering cultural hesitance to “seek help”, that somehow it means we are weak and is something to be ashamed of. The reality is quite the opposite! It shows strength and should be viewed as wholly positive.
While we work toward that societal/world view, I encourage people to be brave about mental health and seek help when and if they need it.
What I believe makes me stand out as a Counsellor is I’m easy to talk to (you would think this would be a given in this profession, but it isn’t always!).
If the idea of counselling is scary and foreign to you, I will make the process easy and even enjoyable! In my experience, if you can overcome the first hurdle, make the call and book an appointment, you’ll already be on your way to feeling better.
Get in touch via my website, or phone +614 66 686 161.