Dr Lucy Russell

I am a clinical child psychologist and have many years of experience working with children and families, both in the NHS (National Health Service) and in private practice. My two children are aged fourteen and eleven.

My Experience

I have a thriving private child psychology practice, and now I want to provide an online resource to support parents at a wider level.
Qualified as a clinical psychologist (DClinPsyc) at Oxford University
Left the NHS to set up Everlief Child Psychology
Wrote Brighter Futures parenting guide with 5 colleagues
They are The Future was born
In 2005 I qualified as a clinical psychologist, and had gained nine years of training and experience.
I worked in the NHS for 11 years but I left to set up my own practice. It is called Everlief and it aims to offer a gold standard service to children and families.
In 2018 six of the Everlief team decided to write a book because we were frustrated that we could not meet the overwhelming demand for our services. We felt this would help us reach more parents.
I launched They Are The Future so I could provide an ongoing source of online support for parents by sharing small, manageable ideas and tips. These are strategies clinical child psychologists actually use, so parents can help their children to thrive and be happy.


What is a clinical child psychologist?

Clinical psychologists aim to reduce suffering, through understanding what is contributing to someone’s difficulties, and working to help that person adapt things in a positive way. We typically work with people who are experiencing emotional distress including anxiety and depression. Clinical psychologists train for many years to understand emotional problems from many different angles. We learn to  consider all of these factors so that we can have a really good understanding of what has happened, and what to do next:

How the brain works;

The ways in which we are affected by our thoughts (cognitions);

Why our behaviour and that of others impacts on the way we think and feel;

How our age and stage of development impacts difficulties.

I work with children, young people and their families. When I meet them at my practice, Everlief, first of all I listen to their story so I can understand what has led them to come to Everlief. Then I begin to understand the factors contributing to the problem, so that together we can develop a plan. Often, this will involve the young person coming to see me for a number of talking therapy sessions. Clinical psychologists are trained in a number of different types of talking therapies, because this helps us tailor the therapy to the needs and personality of the young person. Talking therapy helps people to identify tricky patterns of thinking and behaviour, or positive ones which they could do more of. Bit by bit, we aim to shift away from the difficulty that is causing distress.

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My Philosophy

Below you can read all about my beliefs for helping a child to thrive in her emotional wellbeing.
How not to be Overprotective Parents

How not to be Overprotective Parents

The anxiety can interfere significantly with daily routines, your job, social life etc.

Flexible Parenting and Boundaries

Flexible Parenting and Boundaries

Principles of theory with the interpersonal system of the family, focus of assessment

Parenting Support through Small Changes

Parenting Support through Small Changes

Many things can trigger stress reaction, including danger, threat, news, illness, etc.

Creating a child centred environment

Creating a child centred environment

Loving each other makes it easier to solve the invariable issues that come up daily

Building Resilience in Children

Building Resilience in Children

The most common and dangerous features of low self-esteem is negative self-talk.

Buckinghamshire, UK