• Jake Russell


Hi everyone,

I’d like to take a departure from usual proceedings this week, if I may be so bold, and ask for your help. And in return for your help, I can hopefully offer my own.

For the past 14 years, almost exactly as it goes, I’ve been working as a commercial filmmaker, and despite making a decent living freelancing for clients who I’ve mostly enjoyed working with, it’s rarely felt like anything more than a means to an end. I taught myself how to use a camera and edit as a way to move out of my mum’s. That was the grand total of my career plan. So not exactly a vocation.

And yet, all the while, I had a sense that I had something more to offer, something more meaningful to contribute. It started as a little tingle way back when then grew to a raging, ungracefully ageing ache. Fed up of not being taken seriously, it started screaming obscenely at me from its granny flat in my gut.

Which did the trick because I finally heeded its call. I realised I want to work with people, directly, in relationship, in connection and conversation. And so in 2016 I began re-training and became certified in Psychotherapy and Counselling skills.

Later, having fallen head over heels (literally, many, many times) in love with the practise of movement and physical training, combining calisthenics, yoga, animal flow and locomotion, I qualified as a personal trainer with the American Council on Exercise (thinking I was off to Colorado before the pandemic panto villain pounced).

I then got well and truly certified in cognitive behavioural coaching – a method for helping a person to notice thinking that might be shrinking their experience. Once noticed it can be brought into focus. And once in focus it can be changed. And from that change an entirely new range of opportunities arise.

And after my dad died, I realised, with grateful heart and open eyes, that he’d be teaching me all along. And now it’s up to me, if I choose to be, open to this adventure.

So, you see, I’ve been working quietly, but with diligence, developing a practise I can offer: a form of coaching and teaching in physical health and mental strength, in vigour, in existential exploration and self-development.

And here’s where I’d like to ask your help.

While I transition from filmmaking to coaching and teaching, I’m on the look-out for more people to work with.

And so, I’d like to offer a free session, at least, to anyone who gets in touch from this—either in the physical or mental aspect or a combination of the two. And because these are topsy-turvy times and finances have tanked for some, if after that first session you want to carry on but can’t afford it, tell me and we’ll work out a way to go on. All I’ll ask is if you enjoy the work we do together, you recommend me to all your friends.

You can find out more by going to my newly updated website, which, if you’re here already reading this then well done clever clogs, you did it without even trying, feel free to look around. And if this reached you from the barefootdoctorworld channels of communication, I invite you to If you’d like to speak, you’ll find my contact details here.

I’ll be grateful for your response and honoured to work together if we do. For my part, you have my word, it'd be a privilege to help you discover a life that’s fruitful and truthful and as beautiful as can be.

So how about it?

With love,

Jake x

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