Rosie Russell MBACP
Everyone can benefit from being listened to without judgment. Teenagers and young adults can find this particularly important. Counselling offers the opportunity to explore difficult thoughts and feelings in a safe space without the added complication that may come when sharing things with friends or family; it allows room for anxieties and concerns to be given space and gives the opportunity to think 'out of the box' and reframe situations and ideas - often resulting in a completely new perspective.
I offer 50-minute sessions and, after an initial introduction to see if we are comfortable with each other, move forward flexibly according to the need for long or short term work. When working with children or younger teenagers I would like to talk to parents as well but will only work with clients who want to come themselves. I am trained from a psychodynamic perspective - which allows us to look at the influences of past experiences on the way we deal with things now - and a person-centred approach which values and allows space for the potential and value we hold within us. I may also help a client from a cognitive behavioural approach so that they are in a better position to manage their daily struggles.
I have worked with people of all ages suffering from anxiety, depression, the effects of childhood trauma, isolation, stress, relationship problems, family issues and concerns of all kinds. I have particular experience working with students and young adults, teenagers and younger children but I am happy to offer a safe space to anyone to explore any problem. Whatever matters to you is of value in the counselling room. With younger children, and those adults who wish to, I use creative materials as a way of helping to work with difficult feelings.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked for many years in education, and I changed to counselling when I discovered the extraordinary power of working therapeutically with children of all ages. I trained with Place2Be in counselling skills for working with children, and went on to study for a two year diploma in higher education – counselling children and young people through Queen Margaret’s University. I went on to work both at Queen Margaret's University and Heriot Watt, counselling students of all ages and nationalities, and I continue to work with students in Edinburgh, teenagers in Dalkeith and children in primary schools. I have also trained in mindfulness techniques, working with self-harm, suicidal ideation and sudden bereavement and continue to study, train and expand my experience. I have worked with the Children's Panel for many years.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I abide by their code of ethics. I am also a member of COSCA (Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland). I receive regular supervision and am fully insured for the work that I do.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Family issues
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
Other areas of counselling I deal with
With younger children I work through play. I am happy to work with anyone to allow a safe space to explore any issues and difficult feelings.
£45 per hour - cancellation charged without 24 hours warning.
Free initial meeting/phone call - 20 minutes.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I can see clients in the day-time and some evenings. I normally plan a regular weekly slot.
Types of client