Emily Russell MBACP Dip. Couns. BA(Hons)

Emily Russell MBACP Dip. Couns. BA(Hons)

St. George’s Place

07885 288264

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St. George’s Place

07885 288264

About me

Hello, I’m Emily, a creative and experienced Integrative Therapeutic Counsellor and one of the founding members of Turquoise Counselling Collective. I work from a lovely office in the heart of Canterbury. I am a warm, caring and naturally empathic person with a wide range of counselling experience and a background in education, care-work and Fine Art. I consider counselling to be a unique process which can offer you the time, space, safety and support you need to explore any issues which you are facing. I believe that counselling has the potential to help you to create positive change within your life. I offer bespoke, therapeutic counselling to people who want to understand and process their experience and circumstances, improve their relationships, enhance their self-awareness and increase their wellbeing.

I understand that contacting a counsellor can feel like a big step, whether you are beginning counselling for the first time or you are re-starting the counselling process with a new counsellor. Equally, it can feel like a big step if you are committing to your own personal therapy hours to support your training or employment and I’m also aware that it can feel quite overwhelming to be seeking counselling on behalf of a family member or for someone who you care for. Your reasons for coming to counselling are unique and at the moment you may be feeling a variety of emotions around this. I believe it is really important for you to find a counsellor who you feel comfortable with and who you feel that you can trust.

I am a fully qualified counsellor and a Registered Member of the BACP, undertaking regular clinical supervision and CPD training. The counselling which I offer is confidential within professional boundaries. I offer both short-term and longer-term counselling. I work creatively and holistically, primarily by interweaving person-centred theory with some elements from Intersubjective Psychology, Attachment Theory, Transactional Analysis and Gestalt Psychotherapy. The counselling sessions I offer are client-led, meaning that I will value you throughout the counselling process and that we will work together on the things which you feel are most important. Your counselling sessions will move at a pace which suits you and together we will find a way of working which feels right for you.

I work with people of all ages, from a wide range of backgrounds and with differing needs and abilities. I work in a nurturing and non-judgemental way, offering counselling which aims to be as inclusive as possible and tailoring my practice to accommodate individual needs, this can include working together using creative and/or kinaesthetic interventions, as well as communicating in different ways. I am adept in working with many different presenting issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, low self-esteem and issues around personal identity, culture, philosophy, lifestyle, employment, sexuality and relationships.

I have significant past and current experience counselling within Further and Higher Education, working with both young people and adult learners. I am also experienced in offering Workplace Counselling and have further experience as a Placement Mentor for Trainee Counsellors and as a Line-Manager within a busy counselling service. I have particular knowledge around working with people with Autistic Spectrum Conditions and with the families and carers of people with Autistic Spectrum Conditions. I also have experience counselling other carers and families and in counselling the parents of children of all ages (including new and expecting parents). I have further experience in counselling teachers and those working in education, as well in offering meaningful counselling to other counsellors and therapists at different stages of their careers. I understand the unique challenges faced by those who work and/or study within the creative industries and am proficient in offering counselling to people from all creative disciplines to support them in facing personal and/or professional difficulties.

If you wish to contact me about counselling then please telephone or email me and leave a brief message which includes your contact details. I will get back to you and we can arrange a free initial consultation which will give you the opportunity to ask any questions which you may have about counselling or about the way that I work. At this session I will also need to ask you some questions to help us decide if the counselling which I offer may be helpful for you. Once you decide to go ahead with counselling, we can then set up a regular appointment time.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • ABC Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Integrative)
  • ABC Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • ABC Level 2 Introduction to Counselling Concepts
  • BA(Hons) Fine Art
  • BTEC Nat. Dip in Social Care
  • TA 101
  • Introduction to Gestalt Psychotherapy
  • Working with Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
  • NAS EarlyBird Plus

I have also attended and continue to attend many additional trainings and CPDs around subjects related to my Counselling practice including:

  • Working with Anger
  • Mentalisation
  • Social Stories
  • ASD
  • Sleep Difficulties
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Play and creative therapies

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

- Young people
- Students

Photos & videos

  • Turquoise Counselling Collective
  • Counselling Space
  • Turquoise Counselling Collective


My fees are currently £35 per 50 minute session.

Maps & Directions

Canterbury, CT1

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Yes

If you have particular access needs please mention this when you contact me and I will do my best to accommodate these if I can. I am also happy to work with clients who would rather a carer or relevant person (eg signer/interpreter) be present initially.


Fairly flexible - please contact to find out current availability

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme