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Talk Therapy is a bit like counselling but with a completely different focus.

I work with clients to understand and explore the issues causing them to feel unhappy, and then teach them simple strategies to look after and nurture their wellbeing. The aim with every client is to resolve their stress and move them forward towards a healthier, happier life.

I work with anyone who feels they need support to get through a challenging time in their life.


Are you:

  • feeling stressed?

  • coping with anxiety or depression?

  • struggling with sleeping issues?

  • going through a challenging relationship breakup?

  • grieving a loss?

  • dealing with workplace stress?

  • trying to maintain a work/family/life balance?

  • wondering about your purpose in life?

  • needing a confidence boost to step outside your comfort zone and take the next step?

Talk therapy can definitely help you to make positive and powerful changes in your life and overcome the unhappy feelings weighing you down. Those feelings can be like dealing with a hundred puzzle pieces flying around in your head with no idea how they connect or what picture they’re trying to make.

My role as a therapist is to provide a table to sort through the pieces and help you figure out what the picture looks like. We work together to problem solve in a way that’s safe, respectful and strength-based, rather than focusing on weaknesses or negatives.

Face-to-face or virtual? – You choose

Sessions are completely confidential and non-judgemental and go at the client’s pace. We usually meet for one hour every week or fortnight. I can meet with you face-to-face or via Zoom or Skype.

What to expect in the first session

Our first session is like an initial assessment so I can understand what you’re struggling with and get a better idea of who you are and what you’re hoping to achieve from our time together. In this session I’m probably going to be asking you a lot of questions. It will also give me an idea of how many sessions you may require overall, usually anywhere between 6-12.

In subsequent sessions we explore more deeply the challenges you’re experiencing and then discuss how they could be resolved. We work together on a treatment plan that may include positive coping strategies, ways to identify triggers and a self-care plan. We also nail down the goals you want to achieve and schedule review times to check in and see how you’re going. If something’s not working we need to know so we can change the approach.

How does Authentically U differ from counselling?

Counselling is also a type of talk therapy, however the main focus of Authentically U is helping clients resolve issues or learn coping strategies so they can plan and move towards a healthier and happier life. The attention is more on the future rather than the past.

Counselling, on the other hand, spends more time exploring unresolved past issues or painful memories. Sometimes this is an important first step for clients to take before they’re ready to reset their perspective and move forward with their goals.

How does Authentically U differ from life coaching?

Again, life coaching is also a type of talk therapy, however the modalities I work with are clinically based. Following my registered nursing training and experience, I have completed postgraduate qualifications in cognitive behavioural therapy, mental health and addiction nursing and clinical supervision, as well as training in acceptance and commitment therapy and motivational interviewing. Alongside my training and experience, these qualifications enable me to apply appropriate modalities and interventions to treat clients with severe anxiety, trauma or mental illness. I am also part-way through a three-year training course in psychotherapy.

It’s really important to seek help and guidance from appropriately trained therapists when dealing with mental health issues.

Aimee Russell

Getting a fresh perspective on life

Putting a puzzle together takes time, but by talking and discovering, the pieces soon begin to fall into place and you can see the pathway forward. With my clinical background, I’m trained to make things better and solve problems for people, but my role is as a guide rather than a fixer. I help you to explore your feelings and guide you to look at life from different perspectives. It’s this fresh view of the world that empowers you to make your own decisions and take the first steps towards long-lasting change. I truly believe everyone has the means within them to reach this point themselves.

Get in touch today for your free 30-minute online consultation.

We’ll briefly discuss the issue you’re experiencing and what could help you moving forward.

You’ll get an opportunity to meet me and decide if you want Authentically U to help you make positive and long-lasting change in your life.

Phone: 027 476 2350