About me

Welcome to my website! My name is Bella Tanzer.

I am passionate about supporting people to experience flow, pursue transformation and find connection with themselves and others.

I hold a Diploma in Integrative Counselling and an MA degree in teaching Modern languages. I work in private practice and with HOPE Counselling in Edinburgh. I also teach at the University of Edinburgh.

I am accredited with ACC (Association of Christian Counsellors) and undergo regular supervision.

My offer for individuals

I work with a variety of issues such as low self esteem, post-traumatic stress, relationship difficulties and anxiety, work and health related issues as well as issues around faith and spirituality.

I also offer grief counselling as well as counselling for pregnancy- or parenting- related issues. I work with clients who want to explore new options where their life might be going or who want to learn to practice self-care.

My offer for couples

I help couples to strengthen and revitalize their relationship. Drawing inspiration from the renowned relationship experts John and Julie Gottman, I offer evidence-based strategies and practical tools to address various challenges that couples may face. I provide a safe and supportive environment for open communication, growth, and healing e.g. from affairs. Whether you’re seeking to improve communication, rebuild trust, or deepen your connection, I can walk with you on your journey towards a more fulfilling and intimate relationship.

Relationship MOT

Before I start working with a couple we go through an in-depth assessment process which I call “Relationship MOT”. This process will save you money, time and energy as it will help us to find out in which areas exactly your relationship needs support.

The “Relationship MOT” consists of 4 parts:

  • An initial conversation with both partners (75 min)
  • an online questionnaire through the Gottman Institute
  • an individual conversation with each partner (35 min per partner)
  • and a feedback session in which we will discuss the findings and talk about what the counselling process might look like for your particular relationship (75 min)

Intensive sessions for couples

These 2,5-hour-sessions are a dynamic alternative to regular sessions. This approach is ideal for couples who want to see changes more quickly, for those who cannot make the time for regular sessions or couples who do not live near Edinburgh.

Intensive sessions can be booked as a one-off or more regularly. 2 intensive sessions can be combined to a half-day session. (5 hours of work + 1 hour break).

Upcoming intensives June – August 2024:

  • Saturday, 22nd of June, (1.30-4 pm)
  • Friday, 28th of June (2pm-4.30pm, 5.30pm-8pm)
  • Saturday, 6th of July (1.30pm-4pm)
  • Friday 26th of July (2-4.30pm, 5.30-8pm)
  • Saturday, 27th of July (10am-12.30 pm, 12.30-4pm)
  • Friday, 16th of August (2-4.30pm, 5.30-8pm)
  • Saturday, 17th of August (10am-12.30pm, 1.30-4pm)
  • Friday, 30th of August (4.30 pm, 5.30pm-8pm)
  • Saturday 31st of August (10am-12.30pm, 1.30-4pm)

Sessions can be booked via the contact form.

I offer…

How I work

I am an integrative counsellor which means that I draw upon different therapeutic models such as CBT, Systemic Counselling and Logotherapy, depending on the needs of my clients. My experience is that creativity can help to bypass conscious thought and may open up surprising perspectives and solutions. For this reason I sometimes use creative ways of exploring deeper issues such as drawing, writing and bibliotherapy if clients feel comfortable with that.