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About me

I am an experienced and well qualified relationship counsellor offering support to both couples and individuals across Surrey and Sussex. I worked for Relate for many years and now have a private practice in Dorking.  It is easily accessible to clients from Dorking, Leatherhead, Ashtead, Epsom, Reigate, Crawley, Redhill and the surrounding area.

Individual Therapy

Life can feel difficult at times. I see individuals who are experiencing profound sadness, loneliness, depression, anger, major life change, stress and anxiety, low self-esteem and loss or bereavement.  Exploring these issues with an experienced counsellor can offer great relief as well as giving you understanding and insight about how to manage things differently.

Couple Therapy

Feeling secure, happy and connected in our couple relationships is crucial to our emotional well-being. My expertise is in helping couples to address the issues that are causing pain, conflict and unhappiness in their lives.  These can include feelings of disconnection and incompatibility, loss of respect or understanding, lack of intimacy, the aftermath of an affair, resentment, repeated arguments and other communication issues.

How many sessions will I need?

Everyone is different.  Some couples and individuals feel ready to leave counselling after a short time, whilst others benefit from a longer period of support.  My focus is providing you with the time you need.

Training, qualifications & experience

MA Relationship Therapy, University of Hull 
Post Graduate Diploma Relationship Therapy, University of Hull
Certificate in Psychosexual Studies - Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships
Certified Relate Practitioner, Relate Institute
MBACP Accredited

I regularly attend intensive workshops and courses which include:

Advancing Skills in Couple Work  - Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships (TCCR)
Infidelity and the Sexual Relationship - TCCR
Affairs - The Impact on the Couple Relationship - TCCR
The Stuck Couple: Managing disappointment, Blame and Conflict in the Couple Relationship - TCCR
Attachment Theory - The Impact of Attachment Security on the Couple Relationship - TCCR
Understanding and Recognising Sexual Addiction - Relate Institute
Emotionally Focussed Therapy - Relate Institute
Mental Health and Couple Counselling - Relate Institute
Counselling Young People - Youth Access

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).

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Additional information

Couples - £75
Individuals - £60

All sessions are 60 minutes


Daytime and Evenings


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

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Arabella Russell

Arabella Russell