Theresa Russell MBACP, Cert Ed, Adv Dip Coun, Dip Adv CBT, Dip Mindfulness

Theresa Russell MBACP, Cert Ed, Adv Dip Coun, Dip Adv CBT, Dip Mindfulness

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Lyme Regis


07812 721107

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About me

Hello and a warm welcome to my counselling profile.

I am a professionally trained, qualified and experienced counsellor based in Uplyme, near the coastal town of Lyme Regis, West Dorset and also the market town of Axminster, East Devon, close to the border with South Somerset.

My two readily available practice venues are within easy reach of Lyme Regis, Charmouth and Bridport in West Dorset, as well as Seaton, Colyton and Honiton in East Devon and Chard and Crewkerne in South Somerset.

I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and work within their Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions (1 July, 2018).

As a counsellor, I bring genuineness, warmth and sensitivity to the development of a relaxed and trusting therapeutic relationship with you.

I will provide you with a regular, safe, private and confidential, shared space in which we can explore together, as counsellor and client, your thoughts, feelings and actions and how they impact your attitudes, behaviour and general well-being.

I will listen attentively and with patience to what you have to say; show you empathy, respect and acceptance without making any judgement of you or your situation.

I will support you in finding your own insights and understanding of your difficulties so you can move forward through any feelings of stuckness and uncertainty that you may be experiencing, and bring about the change you desire.

I will enable and encourage you to solve your own problems; gain confidence in yourself to deal with any future life challenges which may occur, and help you build a range of strategies for coping.

You may have some issues which go back to your childhood, and you might want to explore how early life patterns can influence how you view things now and your current thoughts, feelings and actions.

I am an integrative counsellor which means I can combine several different methods of counselling and Psychotherapy, in order to help you solve your problems.

I will always access a variety of therapeutic approaches according to your individual needs. These include proven, research-based talking therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).

I offer individual face-to-face counselling and psychotherapy, as well as telephone and on-line counselling, on a short, medium or long term basis. This can be for a fixed period of time or on an open ended basis.

Telephone counselling is available to anyone over the age of 18 and living in the UK.

This can be an effective way for us to work together when it is not possible to meet face-to-face for a number of reasons. It can give you easy access to my professional counselling service from the comfort of your own home at a time which is convenient for you.

Telephone counselling can be suitable for clients:
- who lead busy lives and would find it more convenient
- who live at a distance or in more remote areas
- who do not find it easy to leave their home
- who find face-to-face counselling difficult

Outreach home visits may be available for counselling clients who live within a 10 mile radius of Lyme Regis or Axminster and who find it difficult to leave their own homes.

Outreach home visits can be suitable for counselling clients:
- who are elderly
- who are infirm or disabled
- who are housebound
- who have regular caring commitments

Additional details of my professional counselling service are available by request

Training, qualifications & experience

Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling - British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP accredited course) at the Iron Mill College in Exeter.

Certificate in Counselling Skills - Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body
- Ofqual accredited course.

Certificate in Counselling Studies - Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body
- Ofqual accredited course.

Certificate in Education (Cert Ed) - Institute of Education, University of London.

I continue to attend focused professional development courses.

I hold diplomas in Life Coaching and Mindfulness and an advanced diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). I have also completed training with Cruse Bereavement Care.

I am enhanced DBS checked.

I hold insurance for: Professional Liability/Public Liability/Professional Indemnity

I receive regular supervision in order that I maintain the highest standard of practice in the service I offer.

I initially trained as a teacher and worked for over thirty years in the education service to headship level.

I have worked in the NHS, as a counsellor within the Depression and Anxiety Service (DAS) in Exeter, Devon.

As well as independent practice, I work with Axminster and Lyme Cancer Support (ALCS) and Cruse Bereavement Care.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Teacher stress and work related burnout

Cancer support

Grief work

Early childhood trauma and inner child work

Boarding School Syndrome

Relational Trauma

Goal setting and management of change

Terminal illness and palliative care


My charge for a 50 minute counselling session is £45 payable, preferably by bank transfer in advance of the session, or in cash at the beginning of each face-to-face meeting.

Telephone sessions must be paid for in advance using bank transfer, Pingit or equivalent.

Some clients, however, have expressed a need for longer sessions and a 75 minute appointment can be booked at a charge of £65, payable in the same way as mentioned before.

Fees are reviewed annually on 1st January.

Through my previous work with the NHS, I know just how long the waiting lists for counselling can be and how urgently some of you need therapy but cannot always afford to pay for private consultation. Therefore, I do have a limited number of sessions available at concessionary rates for counsellors in training, students and those of you on benefits or low incomes.

Please note that I do operate a cancellation policy. If an appointment is missed the full fee is payable, unless 48 hours notice is given.

I am able to offer you an initial telephone consultation for up to 20 minutes. This call is free of charge and without any further obligation.

The session gives you the opportunity to ask me any questions you may have about the counselling process and for me to assess your particular needs.

We can then decide if we feel we can work together before you make an appointment and commit to regular, on-going counselling sessions.

Counselling sessions are usually weekly, on the same day, at the same time and in the same place, wherever possible.

Further information

If you would like to make contact with me then I would be very pleased to hear from you.

You are welcome to ring my mobile number, on 07812 721107, for an initial chat to talk about your counselling needs and requirements, or to make an appointment.

Unfortunately, I am not always available to take your call immediately but I will get back to you as soon as I possibly can. Please leave me a brief voice message, including your name and telephone number, so that I may return your call.

I aim to return all calls within 24 hours on weekdays and the next working day if you ring me at the weekend.

Alternatively, you can email me at

For further information about the service I offer, please take a look at my counselling website:

Maps & Directions

Lyme Regis, DT7
Axminster, EX13

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access:

On-site parking available in Lyme Regis Public car parking close by in Axminster


Flexible hours with appointments to suit, including early evening availability by arrangement.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults