ABOUT ME

Jo Russell Integrative Counsellor & Psychotherapist - Norwich - Tel: 07583 084274

 

About me

 

I am an integrative counsellor which means that I believe that we are all different and that one approach cannot work for each individual or couple in all situations. I always take a non judgmental and empathic approach and will draw on elements of many therapeutic theories and practices to best help and support you. As with person-centred and other humanistic approaches, the integrative approach emphasises the quality of the relationship between myself as a counsellor and you, the client, and encourages exploration of your situation within the safe and supportive space provided by that relationship.

 

The counselling process may involve reflecting on your experiences past and present and how these experiences are affecting you now in your daily life. This can lead to a different understanding of yourself, how you relate to others and the choices you make. This understanding may then enable you to make changes, in line with how you wish to live, leading to a sense of more resourceful and fulfilled living. Counselling is aimed at helping you make choices and act on them, it is a learning process, and together we can work on your current issues and on your personal development

 

I have worked for the NHS for many years and also volunteer as a

Bereavement Support Worker with Cruse (a national charity supporting the bereaved) and have a certificate in Bereavement Awareness.

 

I have the following counselling qualifications :

 

Advanced Professional Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling

accredited to the National Counselling Society and

The Royal Society of Nursing

 

Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling

accredited to the RCN and National Counselling Society

 

Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Counselling Skills

accredited to the RCN and National Hypnotherapy Society

 

 

I am a Registered Member of BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) and an accredited member of The National Hypnotherapy Society.

 

 

 

 

I have a special interest in working with:

 

BEREAVEMENT AND LOSS

and

EATING DISORDERS

 

BEREAVEMENT is usually seen as the death of someone close to you and, although grief is a natural part of life, sometimes we do need extra support to help us through the grieving process.

 

However we also suffer other losses such as separation, divorce, redundancy, retirement, ill health, empty nest syndrome etc which can also have a devastating effect on us. Caring for someone who is ill or disabled or supporting someone through an addiction also involves personal loss - although we want to care for and help the people we love, this can also involve the loss of our independence and choice which in some circumstances can lead to feelings of isolation and worthlessness. Coming to terms with our own ill health and the life changes this may entail is also very challenging.

 

As painful as it is, grief for all types of loss has to be experienced and worked through and any loss that has not been grieved for fully can leave us with feelings of anger and depression which can sometimes make us feel we are 'going mad' as we believe that we 'should be over it'. Loss can also have physical symptoms and again, if not worked through, can even lead to ill health. There is no time limit and symptoms can manifest themselves months or even years after the initial loss. Loss is also cumulative and several losses over our lives can suddenly lead to unexpected feelings and emotions which seem to have come from nowhere. I can help you understand and work through the losses that you may have suffered throughout your life and move forward to a happier future.

 

EATING DISORDERS

 

  • Do you feel you have a “bad relationship” with food?
  • Do you want to feel good about your body and stop beating yourself up?
  • Are you fed up with starving or over-eating?
  • Do you want to stop bingeing or purging?
  • Do you want to gain more understanding about why you are doing this?
  • Do you want to break the destructive cycle you are in?
  • Are you ready to start walking away from your eating disorder today?
  • Do you want to enjoy food and feel relaxed about eating?

 

Counselling provides a confidential, completely non-judgmental and safe environment to explore these issues. Together we can discover things from the past that may have been a factor in your current eating habits and from this understanding together we can create a personalised way forward for you: the aim is not to diet but to uncover the reasons for your 'psychological hunger' changing your relationship with food and eating forever. The approach would be tailor made for you, working with you to facilitate long term change.

 

Phone: 07583 084274

 

Email: jo@talk-it-thru.co.uk

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