Jan Russell, MNCS (Acc), Dip. Counselling; Supervisor
I am a Person-Centred counsellor with nearly 20 years experience, working across an age range of 12-98 years and covering many aspects of counselling issues, from daily concerns, to long term grief over losses.
I can offer a warm empathic and confidential space that is non-judgemental and respectful, so you can explore what may be troubling you, and we all have times when life becomes less manageable and we need someone to talk it through with. My intention is to listen to you so that I can attune my work to fit in with whatever you find most helpful. We are all different and therefore respond better to some approaches than others. There is no one size fits all in counselling.
My core training is in the Person-Centred approach, which is non-directive and therefore led by your needs and best interests. I am here to help you explore any areas of your life that you may be struggling with and want to change. Counselling works at many levels and there may be long standing issues to unravel. Or there may be some more current problems that you want to consider with an impartial listener. As much as our family, friends and work colleagues may care and want to help us they may not be able to be impartial.
I have worked with many young people over the years in an agency with an age range remit of 12 - 25 years. Issues can range from friendship difficulties to bereavement, from split family problems to sexual difficulties and many other issues.
Since 1998 I have also worked as a sessional counsellor for those adjusting to Sight Loss, including family and carers. This is something that affects so many aspects of life for all concerned.
At times I also use 'Emotional Logic', and while not a counselling model, it is a very useful tool when looking at any issues of loss. This is a system based on the work of Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, and uses cards to represent the "stepping stones" of loss, along with emotion cards to help identify what is going on in your loss process.
I also have a supervision practice and provide supervision to both trained and trainee counsellors.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Counselling - (IICPD Plymouth)
Certificate in Supervision - Psychology Matters (Metanoia, London)
Transactional Analysis 101 (basic training)
Solution Focussed Brief Therapy
Emotion Logic training
Continuing Professional Development
Many training days and workshops completed over the years, too numerous to list.
Experience working with young people and adults
Experience of working with Sight Loss.
Experience of working with a wide age range on widely varying issues. Working with such a huge diversity of people and issues has of itself been an unbeatable learning experience, and I hugely value what my clients have taught me over the years.
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National Counselling Society
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In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
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