Theresa Russell Counselling
Counsellor based in Lyme Regis, West Dorset and Axminster, East Devon

Are You Looking For A Counselling And Psychotherapy Service In The Areas Of Lyme Regis And Axminster?


A very warm welcome from me,Theresa Russell, to my counselling website.
I am a qualified, registered counsellor working in the East Devon area, close to the borders with West Dorset and South Somerset.

Here you will find details of the counselling and psychotherapy service I offer. These include how to make contact, book face-to-face appointments, request outreach home visits and arrange telephone sessions.

If you are currently facing a difficult time and finding it hard to cope, then well done for owning your vulnerability and having the courage to take the first step in seeking help. Throughout our therapeutic relationship, I will aid and support you in working your way through your feelings and help you to deal with whatever problems are troubling you. This will enable you to manage things differently and develop new strategies for coping and dealing with your current situation. It doesn't matter if you have had counselling before, benefitted from it and are now looking for more sessions, or you are new to talking therapy and seeking it for the very first time. Your road to recovery starts here!

Are you:
Finding it challenging dealing with personal issues and life difficulties?
Feeling overwhelmed, anxious and stressed by all your problems?
Wanting to discover different strategies for coping and build resilience?
Looking for a non-judgemental counsellor to listen and offer support?


These are just some of the focus areas I can help you with:
  • abuse
  • addiction and substance misuse
  • anger management
  • anxiety
  • attachment problems
  • cancer related issues
  • bereavement and loss
  • carer support
  • depression
  • early childhood trauma
  • eating disorders
  • guilt and shame issues
  • health problems
  • low self-confidence/self-esteem
  • obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • phobias
  • post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • relationship and family difficulties
  • self-identity issues
  • stress
  • terminal illness
  • work related problems


    I am an experienced, professionally trained, integrative counsellor based in the village of Uplyme, close to the border of Devon/Dorset and adjacent to the coastal town of Lyme Regis, West Dorset and in the market town of Axminster, East Devon, close to the border with Somerset. I am easily accessible from neighbouring towns and villages such as Charmouth, Bridport, Seaton, Colyton, Honiton, Chard and Crewkerne.

    I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and work within their Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

    I have an entry in the Counselling Directory which is a database of UK counsellors and psychotherapists who are members of a recognised professional body.

    For details of my professional training and qualifications, please see my page - About Theresa

    I provide ongoing face-to-face counselling and psychotherapy, as well as telephone counselling, on a short, medium or long-term basis which can be arranged for a fixed, or open-ended period of time.

    I incorporate a variety of proven talking therapy tools into my work with clients, as appropriate, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).

    I have two readily available practice venues. These 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 work from a peaceful, designated consulting room in Uplyme, near Lyme Regis. This is in a semi-rural setting and has off-road parking and easy access to the A35 by road.

    I also access a quiet therapy room at The Axminster Health and Wellbeing Centre. The Centre is situated in Chard Street on the A358. There is a Pay and Display car park approximately 50 metres from the Centre in Poplar Mount, Chard Street. Axminster is well served by bus services which all stop in Trinity Square which is approximately 5 minutes walk from the Centre.

    Where there are special circumstances, I can offer an outreach home visit service to clients living within a ten mile radius of Lyme Regis and Axminster.

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

    In addition, I provide telephone counselling to anyone over 18 and who lives in the UK.

    Telephone counselling is proving increasingly popular and 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 in more remote areas
    - who find it difficult to leave their home
    - who find face to face counselling difficult

    I operate flexible contact hours with appointments to suit clients throughout the day. This includes some regular early evening slots which are available by arrangement.

    Please do not hesitate to ask for further details about any aspect of my professional counselling service.

    My Counselling Approach

    As an experienced counsellor, I will bring genuineness, warmth and sensitivity to the creation 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 and feelings and how they impact your attitudes, behaviour and general health and wellbeing.

    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 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 challenge which may occur and help you build resilience, including a range of strategies for coping.

    For further details about the way I work, please see my page - About Counselling

    For information on consultations and charging, please see my page - Appointments and Cost

    I can be found on Twitter and Facebook where I regularly post insights, news, research and other items of information and interest connected with counselling, psychotherapy, mental health and emotional wellbeing.

    To ask any questions, discuss your counselling needs or to book an appointment, please telephone, or message me, on 07812 721107 Alternatively, you can email me via the link above or directly at [email protected]


    Client Comments

    "Theresa is warm and very approachable and I felt very comfortable with her right from the start."

    "She helped me to become clearer about my problems and I learnt a lot about myself in the process."

    "I feel less stuck and more positive about the future now thanks to Theresa."

    "Improvements in my relationships with others are noticeable because of her valuable support."

    "Theresa helped me learn to accept myself more fully and I now find it easier to be true to myself."

    "Connecting with feelings was always difficult. I express them more easily now after seeing her."

    "Theresa is very professional and I had confidence in her ability as a counsellor from the beginning."

    "She always listened well and I felt I could say anything without fear of judgement."



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