Dr. Deborah Bell, Registered Psychologist #1649
Dr. Bell is a registered psychologist who has been dedicated to empowering children and parents for over 17 years. Dr. Bell’s work includes providing therapy to individuals, families, and parents as well as assessments. She has a background working with children and adults who have histories of trauma. These clients have come to Dr. Bell with a wide background of experiences, for example: physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, and foster care.
Dr. Bell has specialized training in the area of Infant Mental Health. Dr. Bell has been trained in wide range of approaches in this area, including Circle of Security, She is able to provide clinical service to families as well as supervision and training to professionals. This work focuses on the early relationships between parent and caregiver, as well as in depth understanding of early development. She takes great joy in working with the relationships between infants (ages 0-5 years) and their caregivers and seeing the transformation of little ones’ behaviour as their caregiver gains confidence and understanding.
In addition, Dr. Bell works with clients living with anxiety, depression, behavioural challenges, and family roadblocks to healthy relationships. Dr. Bell brings an attachment lens to all she does. This means that, in both therapy and assessment, Dr. Bell pays attention to the relationships in a person’s life and how those relationships may be impacting how they are feeling. Dr. Bell has extensive training in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), narrative therapy, attachment-based therapies, Gordon Neufeld’s approach and play therapy. Dr. Bell tailors her approach to each individual according to client needs, situation and current research.
Dr. Bell is pleased to offer full psychoeducational assessments for children, youth and adults, providing comprehensive reports that take into account the essence of the person beyond what is found in the school setting. Dr. Bell believes in assessments that go beyond reporting test scores, but to reflect the circumstances and characteristics of the person assessed. These assessments are used in all different contexts: Learning Disability Diagnosis; Giftedness; University Admission; Private School Admission; IQ Testing.
Over the last two years, Dr. Bell has worked with Shaun Phillips in the development and implementation with the project Seeds of Hope: Creating Change by Building Connection and Capacity in Community in the First Nations community of Long Lake #58 in Ontario. This community wide attachment based project focused on creating change through re-connecting parents, teachers and community with the attachment instincts that were lost through colonization and residential schooling. In addition, Dr. Bell has been consulting with an Aboriginal community in Australia, to bring an attachment perspective to their healing initiatives.