Janice Russell

Janice Russell

Accredited Trainer NLP (ANLP) Master/Executive Coach (ILM), Lifelong Honorary Member (AC), specialist in personal development/recovery, Psychologically Informed Environments, UK/Portugal/virtual. Insight Timer teacher, Writer, Artist.

Hello, and welcome to my profile page. 

I'm Jan, a longstanding practitioner and trainer in NLP, and long serving teacher, tutor and trainer in Counselling and Coaching.  I now also teach meditations and reflexive courses on the Insight Timer app.  Over my career, I've worked in many contexts and was awarded a Senior Fellowshop in Coaching by the University of Lincoln, UK, for services in the field.  Much of my work is in the public and third sectors, and cross cultural. .

As a double certified NLP Trainer, my lineage is Richard Bandler, John Grinder, Robert Dilts, and Beryl Lyndley, a remarkable woman who was the first female accredited NLP Trainer in the UK, I believe, and one of my first feisty female models.  

I'm passionate about what I do and consider it  an enriching occupation. My ethics and values are equality of opportunity, high standards, inclusiveness, and value for investment.  Alongside the magic, you will learn evidence-based principles and methods that you can transfer into any area of your life. 

My life journey to date is rich and varied, with love, joy, opportunities and challenges. The challenges seem to play their part in learning, and I consider myself resilient, creative, and optimistic.  I bring a lived understanding of how NLP and psychological skills can help you to develop your resilience and potential, in your map, as well as adding to your professional practice.  I enjoy creative thinking and am also a writer and, ever so amateur, artist.  I think this all goes together - expression, learning structures, stepping outside the box. communication.

I am  co-author of  An Introduction to Coaching. and Blank Minds and Sticky Moments in Counselling: Practical Strategies and Provocative Themes,   I also specialise in developing Psychologically Informed Environments in the Workplace. I do have some free resources which you can currently access here on my Insight Timer page. 


My clients include Senior Executives through to people fighting their way out of destitution or recovering from acute trauma.  At the end of the day, people are people, and I believe that anyone can learn, and anyone can change.  It’s important to make coaching and training accessible, so there is one bursary available on all courses. I work in close collaboration with other training partners.  These include  Keziah Gibbons,  trained ANLP trainer and a mistress of mindfulness, meditation and innovation, and Mel Yea, trained NLP trainer who specialises in issues of calm and mental health. 

My specialisms have shifted over the years. I began in therapeutic and community work, branched out to organisational development, and to this day I focus on mental health and well being, particularly through recovery from trauma, addictions and extreme health conditions.  I have developed some unique programmes to do with supporting women through the ageing process, and you can find some more information on this here.  


I run open, in house and virtual ANLP accredited courses. I've integrated NLP into all that I do over the last thirty years. 

It's not always easy to identify favourites or specialsims.  I've learned a huge amount through working with survivors of war, over the course of three serious conflicts, and supporting recovery and helping survivors to support others.  I am a cancer survivor, and am privileged to be a trainer and former Trustee for the unique and wonderful Cancer United  charity, which innovative high impact support to survivors of cancer.  I work extensively with pain management, and believe that mind and body are the greatest alliance we can have, so let's use it to full benefit. 

My work has been something of a trail blazer in the area of the Psychologically Informed Environment, supporting those who work with blood, sweat, tears and hearts to service the needs of people with complex needs and who are homeless.  

What I care about the most is achieving great outcomes in whichever arena my clients and delegates wish. Nothing pleases me more than to know that someone has been able to set themselves free of unhelpful restriction, or found their mojo, their identity in ways which are going to serve them well. I'm good at being flexible to different learning styles and experiences, and really believe it's my job to match to others and make things as easy as possible.

I'm a mum, a gran, I've worked for a long time, I've survived a lot of challenge, and I bring that with me. What you see, is what you get. I'm curious, and I can live with/work with the unknown.  Life's an adventure, and I believe I bring this attitude to my work.

Your benefit will alwqys be support, creativity and appropriate challenge to help you reach whatever outcome you want.   NLP is often promoted as being about better communication, yet it is not only this, but so much more.  Through learning the tools, attitude and the ethic, you can learn, more easily, anything that you want to. I work in diverse situations, and working with me always has a bespoke aspect for you.

I'm always happy to have a conversation with prospecitve delegates and clients, and. you'll know if you find me trustworthy and simpatica fairly quickly.  I'm  happy to share information and answer any questions.  My main objective is to enable you to reach the outcomes that you want, which is both exciting and liberating 

You can look at my recommendations, client reviews and more on my contribubtions on the ANLP site. I'm not always up to date on social media, yet there are some comments on my website which give a flavour of how people typically experience my work.

 Feel free to book a conversation to talk with me about needs, find me online, read free chapters of some of my publications. 





NLP Practitioner

Trained by Beryl Lyndley

NLP Master Practitioner

Trained by Bandler, McKenna, Breen

NLP Trainer

Trained by ITA

Specialist skills

  • Breakthrough Sessions
  • Business Coaching
  • Change Management Strategies
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Limiting Beliefs
  • Motivation
  • Phobias
  • Presentation Skills
  • Relationships
  • Team Building

Spoken languages

  • English

Practice/Training Locations

I practice internationally. I run open courses in UK, Portugal, virtually, and in house. I like to keep my training and coaching widely accessible and I offer a supported place for each course. I love running our residential in the Algarve, a location which inspires an open mind and relaxed learning. .

Offers virtual sessions

Training offered

  • Introductory
  • Diploma
  • Practitioner
  • Master Practitioner
  • Trainers Training
  • Specialised Workshops

Recognised / regulated by

  • ANLP

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NLP Portugal

I have just returned from the NLP practitioner course that was delivered by Dr Janice Russell. We covered an enormous amount over the week and I finished with a huge sense of achievement.

Thank you Janice for knowing what was needed at every step of the way to motivate and support our group. I appreciated your thorough teaching and look forward to more courses in the future.

Kindest regards
Louise Gray

Leah Larwood

Excellent NLP Course - I didn't want it to end!

Wonderful diploma course with Jan Russell. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and looked forward to each session. Jan is an excellent teacher and ensured the sessions were engaging with a good mix of practical exercises, didactic and discussions. Grateful for the extra tools I now have in my toolbox, I can see how invaluable they are going to be. Really recommend Jan's teaching style and format. Excellent all the way.

Janice Russell Review

Jan has been my NLP tutor for the last 3 years, supporting my NLP journey to Mastery. I have loved every minute of working with Jan, she is a fantastic tutor, and I couldn't have reached my NLP Masters level without Jan. I would recommend Jan to anyone wishing to develop their NLP learning and skills. Thank you Jan

Jo Calver

Using NLP on our Website

Whilst redesigning our company website we called upon the services of Jan Russell to help us with the language and content within the site.
Jan made a huge difference by re-wording technical jargon and creating a much softer approach. Having a third party view of someone who does not work in our industry helped tremendously, allowing us to write content in a much more reader friendly way.
Jan was very efficient and thorough and came up with some brilliant ideas, drawing upon her vast NLP knowledge and expertise. She also communicated well with us throughout the whole process so we kept to time schedules.
We are so pleased we sought Jan's services and would highly recommend using her!

Thanasis Mamalis

A review by Thanasis Mamalis

Instead of finding a course in Denmark – the land of education – I followed my intuition and participated at Jan’s practitioner course in Portugal. And I discovered Jan! Not sure if she really knows about the amount of inspiration that she provides her participants with. Her story telling, her metaphors, her experience and knowledge – her self! Thank you for an intense and wonderful week!

A review by Elaine Clowes

Jan is the type of trainer that only comes along occasionally; that special trainer who lives and breathes their subject; who relaxes and enjoys every session; who goes with the flow of the people in the room. It has been a great pleasure to learn from her throughout the practitioner and masters; the way Jan delivers, even if you only ever use it to master yourself it's worth every penny and more. Thank you Jan.

Danielle Nelson 1

A review by Danielle Nelson 1

I have trained with Jan twice now and I'm not exaggerating when I say both experiences were life changing, what I have taken away has helped me astronomically both personally and professionally. She is a master at what she does and is a joy to learn from, excellent trainer.

Natalie Holmes 1

A review by Natalie Holmes 1

I have had the fortune of being Jans delegate for over 6 years, becoming an NLP master practitioner most recently. Jans knowledge and skill show in everything she facilitates. Her style and ethos makes her training real and adaptable. Her ethical approach has allowed me access to high quality training,which I am forever grateful for. Thoroughly recommended! Life Changing!

Maxine Morley 1

A review by Maxine Morley 1

I had the great pleasure of having both NLP diploma and practitioner training with Jan. She provided an incredibly supportive and safe space to be in and very ethicallly minded. Kept our focus on learning and being the best we could be. Demonstrated great knowledge and practical examples which gave us great learning. I wouldn't hesitate to highly recommended her

A light accessible dip in book full of interesting ideas and resources for health and wellbeing without obsession.

Reviewing: Imperfectly Natural Woman: Getting Life Right the Natural Way

An interesting book by Janey Lee Grace, who writes in a warm, straight-talking tone, with a consistent attitude to physical and mental health as integrated circuitry.

I was drawn to the title, ‘imperfect’ and ‘natural’ are values which speak to me. The book fulfils two intentions. One, to pack in information on natural resources for health and energetic treatments, and two, to assert that it’s okay not to get everything absolutely ‘right’, or be purist. The result is a compendium of non-judgmental recommendations for women which support health and wellbeing.

Janey Lee promises recommendations we can trust, and references for more information, and keeps her promise. There are lots of references, website addresses, recommendations of places to go in order to buy particular foodstuffs/remedies/resources. It’s well organised into sections, and easy to explore particular themes.

I enjoyed the full and interesting section on ‘feminine care’, speaking freely and openly about periods, cups, period pain, contraception, and HRT, it is upfront and empowering. I liked the hormone replacement therapy cake recipe – cooking as we speak! It's good to hear frank discussion and useful resources concerning the female reproductive system, and no doubt there is updating to be done here.

The limitation of the book is that it will only suit some demographics. Great recommendations on products, treatments and restaurants assume a certain geographical locality, agility, and budget. The skin and hair sections are fairly limited to caucasian needs and practices.
There are some interesting cameos of other people's lifestyles, fun, easy to read and inspiring, diverse in range and cost.

I really enjoyed Janey Lee Grace's accomplishment and intention in this book, she is a great model of determination and ethical awareness, and I like her knowledge and attitude. I wonder if she might update this book, a friendly resource.

Hypnosis is so good for you!

Reviewing: Therapeutic Hypnosis with Children and Adolescents – Second Edition

Therapeutic Hypnosis with Children and Adolescents Sugarman, L & Wester, W. (eds) 2014 2nd edition Crown House Publishing ISBN 13: 9781845908737

This was an illuminating read, not only on working with children and adolescents, also on the theme of hypnosis generally. I offered to write the review as I train social workers who want to take a more coaching approach to working with young people. I’m also a certified trainer of NLP, not specifically trained in hypnosis. These are my perspectives.

Like the first edition, this is eminently readable, and extremely thorough, drawing on a wide range of expertise and illustration. I found myself reading it almost as a novel, while inevitably spending longer in some parts than others. It is stimulating and comprehensible.

The editors introduce the book by relating the theme to context, suggesting that children are eminently open to suggestive work as they are often naturally entranced, and, unfettered, tend to have the capacity of vivid imagination. Sugarman & Wester suggest that trance is a `neurodevelopmental imperative that occurs without hypnosis’ (p.7) and they are keen to differentiate it from hypnosis. They offer an operational definition of the latter as
`the purposeful utilisation of these unconscious processes called trance for an expressed purpose with or without conscious awareness ‘p.7.

Given that children are in constant process of psycho-physiological change, they are often open to hypnosis when the practitioner is skilled enough to create the utilisation.

The authors locate the whole practice within an ethical and professional matrix where it is the hypnotist who needs to work on putting him/herself in the appropriate state to create a working alliance. Purposeful hypnosis is located within a matrix of communication skills, strategies, and purpose.

Sugarman and Wester emphasise that this purpose be patient centred, and offer a welcome developmental framework of hypnosis. They contrast the `vessel’ approach to hypnosis, where the patient is `put under’, with the more elegant and ethical means of pacing and leading so wonderfully pioneered by Erikson, utilising the patient’s own resources and frameworks. Thus whatever the patient brings to the work is both essential and sufficient for change. Having picked up fallout from inept `vessel’ type hypnosis, where clients have made hasty decisions after one `regressive session’, I welcome this emphasis. This book is all about the engagement and empowerment model, how to playfully work with the subconscious with creativity and innovation.

Part One proceeds with elegant offerings of induction approaches and hypnotic techniques which furthers the above propositions. It is straightforward, outlining the changing nature of the form of imagination through a lifetime, moving through the childish notion of the imaginary friend, to reliving childhood memories, creating sexual fantasies, planning our futures, planning for retirement. I like how this stimulates ideas for where the client’s imagination might be focused at particular points, not as a constraining protocol, more as a reminder to think widely of what fantasy and imagination might mean.
Part Two focuses on contexts within which hypnosis has been used with children and young people, ranging from chronic illness, war trauma, developmental issues, anxiety management, acute pain management, you name it, it’s there and there are copious well written case histories, careful admission of where there is not yet evidence, a very honest and informative approach.

I was particularly struck by the pragmatic consideration on working with those who are labelled within our statutory systems, such as Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder. Taylor & Sugarman propose that we need to use language which `assigns maximum positivity (p.297). They propose the term `difforder’ rather than disorder, a term which recognises difference rather than judges as lacking. Currently, there is a danger of associating children who are finding difficulty in their worlds with very negative connotations. They suggest `(the) essence of therapeutic communication is the expression of greater faith in others than they may have in themselves’ (ibid). This blend of the simplest rules of effective communication, the principle of ethical respect, alongside the more detailed case histories and deeper inductive work is blindingly refreshing. There is a very exciting suggestion regarding how hypnosis might help work with Conduct Disorder, a `condition’ which is increasingly thought to have an epigenetic element. There is an excellent case history illustrating how hypnosis helped a young girl, Lilly, on the Autism Spectrum, to reduce anxiety. There is the reminder that where we find `resistance’, we need simply to take it as a sign that something is being missed out.

What else might I say? I would recommend any student of hypnosis who is working with children and young people to read this book. It is theoretically and practically evidenced and inspiring, and an excellent resource. I leave you with the final thoughts from contributors Kane & Liness, that hypnosis can and does violate physiological knowledge, in other words can defy what we think we know.

`That’s why hypnosis is so good for you. Once you…set aside your assumptions that you know how the world works, then it opens a great many things to you as a person, in order to believe in the things that other people can do.’ Kane & Liness (2004), p. 323.

This is the personal page of Janice Russell who is accredited by ANLP.