Jo Byron-Russell PGDip MBACP

Jo Byron-Russell PGDip MBACP

The Granary
Upper Stoneham Farm
East Sussex

East Sussex

07853 162294

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About me

*** May & June 2019***

Come  join this  wonderful women's group which runs on Wednesdays at 1pm every week. 2. The group will run in 6 week blocks for 1.5 hours each session with a contribution of £25 per person.  Group size is 4-7 people.  I will meet each potential member for a free initial session before starting with the group

About me

I am a warm, approachable and insightful counsellor with experience supporting individuals, couples and groups facing a wide range of difficulties in their lives. As a fully qualified counsellor I provide a therapeutic relationship that is genuine and equal, in which I am neither the expert who tells you what to do nor the passive counsellor who remains separate and disconnected. Instead it is collaborative process in which my acceptance, empathy and in depth training can support you in exploring what it is that brought you to this point and how to move forward. I work in a wonderful tranquil space just on the outskirts of Lewes. The converted Granary sits on a quiet private road on a farm and has magnificent views of the Downs. You can literally get away from it all for a moment of pause and consideration.

First steps

My personal experience of counselling has taught me just how valuable it can be and yet I also understand that taking the first step towards starting counselling can be challenging. For some of you, searching this site may be a significant move in itself. Or it may be that you already have had an experience of counselling and simply want to make sure you find the right person. Either way, I am here to answer any questions you may have, without obligation. If it feels right, you are welcome to contact me for a free initial meeting just to talk through what has brought you here and see if working with me feels right.

Why counselling?

Sometimes life throws issues at us that can overwhelm us, wear us down and leave us struggling. It may be recent or past events that you feel you need to process. Or perhaps you simply wish to explore your life so that you can live it more consciously and fully. Feelings of sadness, pain, anxiety or anger can become relentless, unbearable and debilitating. This can prevent us from reaching out to others and mean that we feel isolated or unseen, even when we are not alone. At times like these, it may help to talk to someone you feel comfortable with, who you can trust and who is not personally involved in your life. Together with a counsellor, you can work through your difficulties and you can feel supported and accompanied on your journey.

Humanistic Counselling

Humanistic counselling is a varied group of therapies that offer diverse ways of approaching life’s problems. However, they all have in common a fundamental belief that people can change and lead more fulfilling lives and that a supportive, non-judgmental therapeutic relationship can facilitate this. One of the objectives of humanistic counselling, apart from alleviating the distress that a person is experiencing, is for the person to begin to see him or herself differently. This can mean a sense of power and freedom, rather than feeling controlled by the past and one's feelings. I don’t apply a fixed model to the people I meet; instead I seek to understand life through your eyes and support you in gaining more clarity about yourself and your life. Feel free to get in touch.

Training, qualifications & experience

My training

I am a fully qualified counsellor with a Postgraduate Diploma from the University of Brighton, which has a reputation for both academic and clinical excellence and is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy(BACP).  I gained in depth training in different approaches, such as Person-Centred Therapy, Transactional Analysis, Gestalt therapy and Existential Therapy. With an awareness of various types of counselling, I believe I am equipped to meet each person as a unique individual, without the need to fit them into one fixed model. In this way I can offer an open encounter, in which theory only plays a guiding role at times when it is useful.

I have also undergone advanced training in Group and Couples Therapy as well as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and other meditative approaches and can incorporate these in our sessions if you wish.

I am always committed to learning and developing as a counsellor and for this reason am regularly in continual professional development.

My experience

Although I believe in meeting the person and not the symptom, I have experience counselling individuals facing a number of difficulties in their lives, such as

- depression
- bereavement
- family and relationship issues
- divorce and separation
- substance addiction
- low self-esteem
- eating disorders
- anxiety
- anger management
- abuse
- postnatal depression

I have a particular interest in supporting people through life transitions, as I know how tumultuous these times can be, even when they are positive. Whether the transition into parenthood, or the end of a relationship, into adulthood and leaving home, or changing jobs, I can support you in making sense of the shifts and in being an active agent in your life during these changing times.

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Research has shown that one of the most important aspects of successful therapy is the relationship between counsellor and client and so it is important to me that you to find the counsellor who is right for you. For this reason, I offer a free first meeting for us to get to know each other, answer any questions you may have and decide if to continue our work together.

Beyond this my fees are £55 per session. 

I strongly believe that counselling and psychotherapy should be accessible to any person who needs it, which is why I also offer a scale of £40 to £70 per 50 minute session. Please let me know if you either cannot afford my normal fee or if you would like to contribute more in order to subsidise sessions for those on lower income. I do not ask for proof of income, we will agree a manageable amount together which can reviewed should your circumstances change.

I also have a small number of significantly discounted sessions available, please get in touch to find out more.

Further information

Contact me

Please feel free to call or text me on 07853162294 if you have any questions about counselling in general or if you would like to book our initial session.

Alternatively, email me at

Maps & Directions

Lewes, BN8 5RH
Lewes, BN7

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Yes
Other languages: German


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Both day and evening sessions available

Types of client

Young people
Older adults