Mary Russell Senior Accredited Member BACP
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 worked in private practice for the last eighteen years, working with individuals, couples and groups. I have extensive experience with diversity and disability issues. I have also written and presented on the theme of "after the cult" including work with clients who have experienced coercive relationships. My work has included two articles, published in Therapy Today, and occasional courses for counselling students.
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, (1998 and 2002) 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, through counselling, 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.
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, Pru Health and Ascenti
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Problems faced by minority groups, including issues
connected with disabilities
Experience in working with same gender couples
People who have been in cults or coercive groups or families
Ham, Richmond, Surrey: £50 indviduals, £60 couples
Sessions for individuals and couples are normally for one hour. EMDR and extended sessions may also be available by arrangement.
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"
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."
Written six months after counselling was completed
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Counselling also available on-line and by phone if necessary. There is easily available parking outside my office.
Weekdays 9a.m. to 8pm Some Saturdays
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I am a qualified and experienced supervisor, with a diploma in supervision (ABC/Cascade 2007) I believe it is essential to build a collaborative and trusting supervisory relationship, where the issues that arise can be fully explored.