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About me

I am an experienced counsellor and senior accredited member of the BACP.  I am also a qualified EMDR practitioner, and use relational EMDR online and in person.

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.  Relational emdr is also useful as a way of working with underlying trauma, which influence the present.

I have worked  in a successful private practice for the last 20 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 co-written articles, published in Therapy Today, courses for counselling students, and presentations at several conferences.

I was originally drawn to counselling as part of my work with students, and because I had found it helpful in my own life.

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 attachment-focused EMDR.  I use this, if required, in working with clients with trauma, phobias and difficult memories.    I also use EMDR on line.  EMDR is well evidenced as a successful treatment, and is one of the few trauma treatments recommended by NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence). Some longer sessions may be needed for EMDR. This is agreed in advance and the fees adjusted accordingly.

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

I have contributed two articles to Therapy Today, taught on counselling courses and presented at conferences on the subject of coercive control in groups.

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

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

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 coercive groups or families


Ham, Richmond, Surrey:  £60 for an hour session

Sessions  are either for fifty minutes or one hour, by agreement.  Initial sessions are one hour long.  Extended sessions also available.


Weekdays 9a.m. to 12pm and 4.30pm to 7pm Some Saturdays

Further information

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


Key details

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Counselling also available on-line and by phone if necessary. There is easily available parking outside my office.

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


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.

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

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Mary Russell Senior Accredited Member BACP

Mary Russell Senior Accredited Member BACP