Category:Meet the Team
It’s been a difficult year for everyone, and more people than ever are struggling with their mental health. So we sat down with Emma Russell, counsellor at Anahata, to find out what she does, how counselling works and who it can help.
What are the benefits of your counselling, Emma?
I offer a safe space to explore thoughts, feelings and behaviours in order to have more clarity, and to be able to improve your life. I help you to identify, understand and find solutions to your problems. I encourage self-awareness, self-development, and will help you to recognise your strengths and choices.
My humanistic approach values working alongside clients rather than telling them what to do or who to be. In this way, clients can choose what to focus on in each session.
Is counselling only for people who have experienced major incidents or who have hit rock bottom?
Not at all. Life can be complex and challenging for all of us in a number of ways, but I believe counselling can be transformative and help support your wellbeing. It is also a useful space to explore your wants and needs in order to figure out what direction you want to take.
Counselling can help with anxiety, anger management, bereavement, depression, health-related issues, loss, relationships, self-esteem, attachment issues, family issues, addictions, pregnancy and birth concerns, redundancy, self-harm, separation and divorce, and stress.
Why did you want to become a counsellor?
When I had challenges in my own life, I turned to counselling and found it incredibly helpful. It gave me somewhere to express myself without fear of being judged, and to work out the best way forward. I wanted to be able to offer the same safe space for development and understanding to others.
What can people expect when they come for a session with you?
I will listen sensitively without judgement and seek to fully understand, offering my response to enable clients to explore and process how they are feeling. Our emotions provide valuable information and guidance: they tell us what we want out of life, what we don’t want, how we feel about people in our lives, and what we need to work on. Sometimes we ‘cannot see the wood for the trees,’ so having a safe space in which to express yourself can be immensely valuable.
How does someone know if counselling is right for them?
I offer a 30-minute free initial consultation, online or by telephone, which is informal and relaxed. We will discuss what you would like help with and how counselling might benefit you and how it will work. This gives you an opportunity to explore the idea before committing yourself.
What do you do when you’re not working?
I enjoy travel, nature, yoga, running, walking, cycling, cooking and music.
To book a session with Emma, click here. Or for more information call 01273 698687.