Body Psychotherapy West Cornwall

Body Psychotherapy West Cornwall

St. Ives


07943 638399

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St. Ives


07943 638399

About us

Body psychotherapy can help with trauma, anxiety, depression and panic, the effects of abuse and neglect, loss and bereavement, eating problems, self-harm, shock, a sense that things are falling apart, or a feeling that you don’t fit in, are living life on the surface, or are in other ways not being authentic to yourself.

Body psychotherapy attends to your essential aliveness, and to the things that stop you from experiencing this aliveness. When your emotional system is out of balance, it can lead to a parallel imbalance in your physical system; body psychotherapy can help with unexplained pain, stress-related stomach and bowel problems, weight issues, headaches, tension and insomnia.

Often our imbalances stem from ways that we protected ourselves in the past, perhaps from abusive or traumatic experiences, or from unwelcoming emotional environments. These protective strategies may no longer be needed, but they have become set in our systems, embodied.

Body psychotherapy works with your innate capacity for healing, by gently engaging this embodied experience, as it is ready to be engaged. It seeks to rediscover your essential energy; the basic and clear truths about who you are. Body psychotherapy is particularly effective at working in territory where there are no words; it can feel like a very deep form of psychotherapy.

Training, qualifications & experience

Several significant certificates, diplomas and degrees (including two doctoral level degrees) in body psychotherapy, clinical psychology, family therapy and group therapy.

Fifteen years' experience in the NHS and in private practice, working in the community, on acute inpatient wards and secure environments. Prior to this, another five years' experience as a university academic researching in the field of psychotherapy, with published papers.

Member organisations *

Registered / Accredited

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Other areas of counselling we deal with

Medically unexplained symptoms; Complex symptoms; Embodied distress; Somatic distress.


Standard fee is forty pounds per session.

A few reduced-fee spaces are available by negotiation.

Further information

The body psychotherapy clinic is a relaxed, welcoming space with two chairs, a couch and floor cushions; these allow you to choose from a range of methods for working with you and the difficulties you are facing. With your therapist you may explore your preferred ways of using your sessions. Seated talking, subtle movement, bioenergetic work, trauma processing, awareness practices, and biodynamic massage are among the possibilities, and your choices about these modes of access will always be respected. Biodynamic massage works to re-attune you with your sense of self in a direct and clarifying way.

Please telephone or email Dr. Russell in the first instance for a confidential discussion about the things that are troubling you, and ways forward for you.

Maps & Directions

St. Ives, TR26
Truro, TR1

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: French


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Flexible appointments offered (early morning, evening, weekend appointments available). Block psychotherapy available for clients visiting Cornwall; please phone for details.

Types of client

Older adults