Mary Russell Senior Accredited Member BACP

Mary Russell Senior Accredited Member BACP


Westgate House
Spital Street

07788642646 / 07788642646

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Westgate House
Spital Street

07788642646 / 07788642646

About me

I am an experienced counsellor and senior accredited member of the BACP.

As a counsellor I have worked with people experiencing extreme distress in their lives and people who have specific problem issues such as low self esteem or require anger management. In my view counselling works best as an alliance between counsellor and client, to which both bring their experience and expertise. My way of working is primarily person centred and integrative, working with various models as appropriate, including EMDR and EFT.

I have been in private practice for the last twelve years, working with individuals, couples and groups, and have over 1400 hours of counselling experience. I also have extensive experience working in adult education with diversity and disability issues. I was originally drawn to counselling as part of my work with students, and because I had found it helpful in my own life.

I am also a qualified couples counsellor. Couples often find counselling very useful in resolving issues in their relationships, such as communication that is stuck in a repetitive pattern where neither person feels heard or understood.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have diplomas in both person centred and couples counselling, involving five years of training. I also have a professional development certificate in cbt, an honours degree and a certificate in education. I have undertaken over ten years of my own personal development, which I believe to be of fundamental importance to my work.

I am qualified in EMDR (level 4), and use this, if required, in working with clients with trauma and phobias and difficult memories. I also have an advanced training in working with recent traumatic events. EMDR is well evidenced as a successful treatment, and is one of the few trauma treatments recommended by NICE (National Institue for Health and Clinical Excellence). Some longer sessions may be needed for EMDR. This is agreed in advance and the fees adjusted accordingly.

EFT (emotional freedom technique) is also a useful way of working for some people. I am a qualified practitioner in this and a member of AAMET (Association for the Advancement of Meridian Energy Techniques).

In addition to my private practice, I work with employers's assistance programmes and in two adult education colleges.

I also offer supervision to integrative counsellors, and have a diploma in supervision (Cascade 2007).

I am a registered provider with the following companies:
Simply Health, Exeter, WPA, Aviva, Standard Life and Pru Health.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Work place issues
Problems faced by minority groups, including issues
connected with disabilities
Experience in working with same gender couples
People who have been in cults or high demand groups


Dartford, Kent:  £40 individuals £55 couples

Ham, Richmond, Surrey:  £45 indviduals, £60 couples

sessions for individuals are normally 50 minutes, and for couples one hour.

Further information

Some low cost places available, please ask

Statements of recommendation:

"Counselling has certainly made a big impact and I would go as far as to say as it was a life changing experience. I have a different relationship with my husband, his family, my family, a new baby and have gone back to university as a result. So I am grateful and thank you for your help..."
written two years after counselling was completed.

"I initially came to see Mary with doubts in my mind. I was a little apprehensive about counselling but now I am quite convinced that with Mary's support I was able to make changes in my life that have enhanced what I already had. I would recommend Mary to any of my friends if they were in need of some extra emotional support through difficult times in their lives. I now feel I have the tools and the knowledge to use them without being scared, Mary has renewed my confidence in myself and my capabilities" 2011
Written shortly after counselling was completed

"I found it hard to believe when I first came to you, that I would be able to make such big changes to myself, but with your help, I have and the rewards and benefits have been truly amazing for me personally and in my relationship with others." 2012
Written in response to a survey six months after counselling was completed

Maps & Directions

Richmond, TW10
Dartford, DA1 2EH

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


I am currently available to see clients in Dartford on Mondays, and clients in Richmond on Thursday and Friday. In Richmond some additional times can be made available by arrangement.

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

I am a qualified and experienced supervisor, with a diploma in supervision (ABC/Cascade 2007).

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