John Bell

Integrative Counsellor and Coach



Hi, I’m John and I’m very proud to be a coach here on Strive. I am a qualified counsellor and registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). Integrative counselling, as the name suggests, is a combined approach to psychotherapy that brings together different elements of specific therapies (such as Cognitive behaviour Therapy, Person-Centred theory and solution focussed approaches). Integrative therapists take the view that there is no single approach that can treat each client in all situations.

I joined Strive in July 2018 after deciding to give up drinking alcohol. I posted the day after my last drink and have not drank alcohol since then. Through the education and support from the Strive community I have been able to become someone that does not drink alcohol, a thought that once filled me with dread. A life without alcohol? How?

Now my mindset is - A life with alcohol? Why?

I have been practicing as a counsellor since the beginning of 2017 but have been in and around the helping professions for some time. I have mentored many people and helped lots of offenders move forward with their lives in a more positive way and continue to do so in my part time position in a special educational needs school. In my counselling work I help people of all ages with issues such as anxiety, depression, relationships, bereavement, work related stress, addictions and much more.

I was a mechanic for eighteen years and was fortunate to travel to many countries with this work. After settling back in the UK, I decided I wanted to do a job that was more fulfilling. As I have overcome various challenges in my life, I felt the need to help others do the same so began volunteering and educating myself. The path has not been easy but I have learned so much and enjoyed most of what life has thrown at me during this journey.

I look forward to working alongside you to explore what it is you want to overcome and how you can achieve your goals.

Here is a link to my counselling profile on the UK Counselling Directory

"Felt very comfortable with John from the off. He’s ‘real’ and he cares. Introduced me to some useful resources to tackle my wonky thinking and with goal setting around my alcohol use. Happy to recommend!"


"Working with John is easy. After 5 mins I felt I had known him for years. I felt very at ease with John, he listens well and makes me feel understood."


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