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About me

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.

About Me

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.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

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

National Counselling Society

Accredited Register Scheme

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This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Sight Loss

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Human Givens psychotherapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Transactional analysis


Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers

Additional information

Initial Meeting: Free

One Hour session: £35
(in cases of hardship a reduced fee may be negotiable)

One Hour sesssion for couples: £45


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

A slim line wheelchair could get through my normal width door. There is a ramp to the front door of my bungalow.


I am a Person-Centred supervisor and have supervised both qualified counsellors and trainees on placement since 2003.

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Jan Russell, MNCS (Acc), Dip. Counselling; Supervisor

Jan Russell, MNCS (Acc), Dip. Counselling; Supervisor