Donald Russell, Ed.D
|Professions: Counseling Psychology, Mental Health Counseling, Coaching|
|License Status: I'm a certified professional.|
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If life feels stuck for you therapy can help. I listen carefully for your take on what's not working and how you would like it to be better. My approach always starts with what you want to change; listening to what you want out of life. Then we work toward accomplishing your goals, usually in a brief, solution-focused way. I believe people have within them great potential for growth, great resilience and great potential to be good people. I want to work with you to free up that potential. I look forward to how we can work together to accomplish great things in your life.
Email or Call Donald Russell, Ed.D at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 00013
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
All of us are a journey to grow into the person we were meant to be. Sometimes that journey gets stuck or snagged along the way: maybe a relationship that's not flourishing; maybe a memory from the past that is haunting. Therapy is a skilled process of getting those obstacles out of the way so we can continue on the growth journey. so, instead of a person being weak or flawed, I firmly believe a person who comes to therapy is showing their vision for something better; and determination to achieve it. Really, coming to therapy is a sign of 'healthy discontent'
Importance of the Client-Therapist Alliance
The clinical research is clear that the best variable to predict how successful therapy will be is how satisfied, or how positively the client feels about the client-therapist relationship is. That's because the relationship is one of the healing factors. We all remember the positive feeling of being known, appreciated and understood by a parent, special teacher, or other adult when we were younger. That person made us feel more empowered; the impossible started to seem doable; the problems started to feel like challenges; just because we knew someone else cared about us and wasn't frightened by the problem. That is exactly what good therapy provides: someone who knows you and accepts you and isn't frightened by the problem. A good therapist believes in you and provides possible solutions which you feel a little more courageous to try just because you know your therapist is standing with you.
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I specialize in helping adults and couples improve their lives.
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