Mary Russell Senior Accredited Member BACP

Mary Russell Senior Accredited Member BACP


07788642646 / 07788642646

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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 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.

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. 

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


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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:  £55 indviduals, £70 couples

Sessions for individuals and couples are normally for one hour.  EMDR  and extended sessions may also be available by arrangement.

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"
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

Richmond, TW10

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access: No

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

Older adults
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.

Online supervision:Yes
Telephone supervision:Yes
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