About us

Psychotherapy & counselling that works

Our story

A little background info about us

We are Russ Mckenzie and Tanya Lee, both highly skilled and experienced therapists who offer therapy treatments in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.

Using a combination of CBT, NLP, hypnotherapy and mindfulness techniques, we help people to overcome issues surrounding anxiety, depression, panic attacks, OCD and trauma. You can choose who you feel that you would be more comfortable talking to and once we have had an initial telephone conversation with you, we will be able to determine the most appropriate form of treatment for your symptoms and explain how we can help you.

Tanya Lee


After struggling for years to find effective help to overcome depression, my life changed in 2007 when I met a Human Givens therapist. This was the catalyst that inspired me to train as a therapist myself. I help clients to overcome many issues and specialise in low self-esteem, relationship issues, anxiety, depression, panic attacks and trauma.


Russell McKenzie


Combining knowledge gained from being a teacher and practitioner of meditation and mindfulness for 15 years, with therapeutic techniques, I help clients to overcome the stresses that affect them in their everyday lives. I am a regular laid-back ‘bloke’ who specialises in PTSD, anger, depression, migraines, anxiety and panic attacks.


Our Professional Qualifications

Both Russ and Tanya were awarded distinctions for the Human Givens Diploma and then went on to gain distinctions for their Post Graduate Diploma for Practitioners (HG.DIP.p.) from The Human Givens Institute. Adopting a variety of specialised techniques and therapies they have extensive experience creating individual treatment plans for their clients.

Tanya: Human Givens Institute Reg No 174118

Russ: Human Givens Institute Reg No 174004

Additionally, they are qualified Old Pain 2 Go Practitioners and are fully registered with the HGI and The Professional Standards Authority, adhering closely to their strict codes of practice. 

Fully Insured to practice, they both hold enhanced DBS disclosure.


Psychotherapy & counselling from a Human Givens perspective


The Human Givens Institute was founded in the late 1990s by Joe Griffin and Ivan Tyrrell. They saw that there were many excellent strategies in all of the different counselling models, but that no one model alone could tackle all of the issues presented by a client. They understood that there was a need to train therapists to employ the most effective elements of CBT, Behavioural Therapy, Psychoanalytical Therapy and NLP. They also acknowledged that vast strides have been made in the field of neuroscience about how the brain processes trauma and the reason why we dream, much of which they spearheaded. In many therapeutic models this new knowledge has not been updated.

Using this science-based approach, sessions are structured to tackle only the issues that are causing problems, focussing on solutions rather than taking the client through their entire past. This structure means that with an average of four to six sessions, this therapy is incredibly effective and results achieved in far less time than many other types of therapies.

Frequently Asked Questions

Learn how our sessions work

So you are thinking about getting help but what next?

It is one thing to accept that you need to get help but it is another to actually try to find it.  New Life Therapy offers a free initial telephone consultation with either Russ or Tanya. This will give you the opportunity to ask any questions and for us to explain the techniques that we use and how they will help you.

What will a session involve?

It is understandable that you will be feeling nervous and unsure especially in the run up to your first session with us. Our belief is that you should feel able to speak with someone who listens to you without judgement and offers an insight into why your emotions are affecting you as they are.

It is important that you connect with your therapist so that you feel confident to take the first step on your journey to recovery.

Our sessions are comfortable and informal and will address a maximum of one or two issues. We factor in time at the end of each session to enable you to leave feeling more relaxed, positive and hopeful. We both believe that therapy should never be painful. Our aim is to get to the heart of the problem as soon as possible and to offer a solution that works for you.

How much does it cost?



Sessions are charged at £75 each.

They are typically 60 to 90 minutes long but can be up to 2 hours at our discretion. Most people typically have between 2 and 4 sessions. So for less than £300 you can conquer the issues you've been facing, making it better value than many other private therapies. The skills you will learn during your recovery will help you to deal with whatever life throws at you, so think of it as a course in wellbeing. Payment can be made at each session and we accept cash, cheque or bank transfer.



Will I have to sign up to a block of sessions?

Once you book an appointment we will not ask you to commit to anything. Everybody’s progress is different and you can make appointments at your own pace as and when you need them.

How can I be sure this therapy is right for me?

There is no ‘one size fits all,’ and it is important that we personalise our therapy to meet your specific requirements. Within our practice we use a blend of CBT Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, NLP Neuro-Linguistic Programming, mindfulness and hypnotherapy techniques. We will give you tools to use in between sessions and importantly the knowledge of how to use these tools once treatment has finished, to maintain your recovery and sustain your mental health for the future. It may help you to decide whether to proceed by reading some of our client reviews.

What will the first session involve?

The first session is a really important one as it will help to shape the framework for your plan of treatment. Your therapist will initially ask what you would like help with. This is the perfect opportunity to explain to you how the brain works and why you may be feeling as you do. After our discussion we will decide upon the best strategy for your particular situation. You should start to see some progress as soon as we begin but we can be flexible in our approach and adapt and update it to keep pace with your needs. Remember you are in control of your therapy and we will always listen to you.         



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Tanya: 07899 980766

Russ: 07760 301992

Landline: 01702 241416