Joanna Russell PGDip MBACP (Accred)

Joanna Russell PGDip MBACP (Accred)

North Yorkshire

07955 441428

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About me

How might counselling help?

When life feels painful it can seem like we are hamsters in a wheel, no matter how we run the view stays the same. Worried about burdening friends and family we keep our head down and ‘get on with it’ shutting away all those difficult feelings.

The counselling relationship, with someone outside of your everyday life, provides an opportunity to be listened to and to feel heard. To be received without judgement while exploring your feelings, thoughts and actions within the context of your lived experience. Through this relational and collaborative process there is potential for greater self-awareness and understanding which can allow us to begin to experience our world differently.

What will it be like in the sessions?

I very much feel that my client is the expert in themselves and that the counselling process can develop that inner knowing, connecting to feelings and thoughts that lie beneath everyday expression deepening - even transforming their sense of self. I often find clients gain self-awareness through exploring parts of self and their conflicting and harmonious interactions. I believe that in this more developed attunement there can be increased awareness of, and potential to transform, blocks to what Carl Rogers described as ‘full functioning’.

I adhere to an integrative humanistic model of counselling aiming to connect and attune to each client - to build a warm, trusting and collaborative relationship. My intention is to see each client as unique, original and autonomous; to work in an empathetic and exploratory way in helping you come into deeper understanding of your inner environment and how that impacts your outer experiencing. By listening holistically while offering measured challenge and encouragement I can facilitate you in moving towards your therapeutic goals.

Training, qualifications & experience


I qualified with a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling from York St John University and am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I have a diploma in Pet Bereavement Counselling from the Centre of Excellence and hold an MA in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica, California USA. I have an advanced CRB certificate and carry professional indemnity insurance.

I regularly access Continuing Professional Development and attend monthly clinical supervision in support of maintaining safe, ethical and effective working through reflective and relational processing. I draw on and abide by the personal qualities, values, professional standards and ethics of the 2018 BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.

I have a special interest and additional training in pet bereavement and extensive experience working with adult clients who are dealing with ....

  • Low mood/depression
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement/loss
  • Complicated grief
  • Poor self-esteem
  • Relationship/family issues
  • Difficult emotions
  • Psychological trauma
  • Domestic abuse
  • Childhood sexual abuse
  • Work-related stress
  • Academic pressures
  • Chronic health issues

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Pet Bereavement Counselling


What next?

I'm very happy to answer any questions about the counselling process please just give me a ring or send me email. The first session is free of charge, without obligation, giving us an opportunity to meet and discuss how counselling may help. Subsequent sessions are 60 minutes in length with £40 payable by cash or BACS at or before each session.

If you decide to go ahead with counselling we can schedule a time, typically weekly, to meet up at my location in Malton which has good transport links and nearby parking.

Client Feedback

"We built a trusting, open and sharing rapport which made every session worthwhile and fulfilling. I have gained a marked improvement in confidence and am dealing with my anxiety disorder in a positive and resourceful way."

"I took away tools that have greatly impacted my well-being."

Further information

'Seek the wisdom that will untie your knot. Seek the path that demands your whole being. Leave that which is not, but appears to be. Seek that which is, but is not apparent.' – Rumi

Maps & Directions

Malton, YO17

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Yes

Types of client

Older adults
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