Adam Russo


Adam Russo
(860) 322-6658

Adam Russo


Professions: Counselor, Mental Health Counselor, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Professional Counselor
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Aetna
  • All Husky-Medicaid insurances
  • Anthem
  • Beacon
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
  • Cigna
  • ConnectiCare
  • Harvard Pilgrim
  • Medicaid
  • Optum/United Health Care
  • United Behavioral Health
  • United Health Care
Fees: Currently accept Husky (Medicaid), United Behavioral Health, United Healthcare, Harvard Pilgrim, Cigna, and BCBS of CT. Always check your insurance companies site to see if providers are in network. Fees vary depending on services and generally considering high deductibles and "co-insurance," paying cash may be just as expensive or cheaper than if you used insurance. I would be considered out of network if you choose to attempt to use insurance at this time. Please see our website for MUCH more fee information. We try to be as transparent as possible. Please note that insurance rules and regulations concerning fees always supersede what is posted online. If you have another insurance, we would be considered "out of network" and associated with your plan's out of network rules and associated costs.
Evening Availability


251 Essex Plaza
Essex, Connecticut 06426

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My Approach to Helping

Adam Russo, MS, LPC, CCTP, ADHD-CCSP, is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Adam has a degree in Professional Counseling-Mental Health from Central CT State University, spending roughly 8.5 years being educated and supervised in the behavioral health arena. In total, Adam has over 20 years experience as either an educator, instructor, and mental health worker. Adam is licensed to talk about people's strengths and challenges and help them develop solutions, strategies, or insight into their current situations. Professional Counselors typically have a strong background in treating physical and mental health disabilities and excel in many forms of individual and group psychotherapy. They also have typically a strong focus on vocational counseling since much of your identity and purpose lays both in the work that you do and the people you positively influence in your life. Adam also spent seven total years in the United States Navy both active duty and ready reserves and had the rare honor of being a recipient of an Admiral's Citation.


*Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) from International Association of Trauma Professionals and Certified Clinical ADHD Professional (ADHD-CCSP) for the Institute of ADHD Professionals

*Therapeutic Crisis Intervention by Cornell University

*Boystown Psychoeducation Model of Treatment

*Intensive In-Home Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Service by Yale University

After receiving his honorable discharge, he received his Associate's degree from Middlesex Community College and Bachelors Degree from Charter Oak State College in Criminal Justice; receiving the Sergeant Dingwall State Award for Academic Excellence (an award NOT given out annually in the state). Adam had extensive crisis intervention experience as a Shift Coordinator for a Residential Treatment Facility for serious juvenile offenders. He completed his three-semester graduate internship experience at the Rocky Hill Veterans' Home at both their immediate care and former substance rehabilitation programs. Adam also worked as a Lead Counselor for a leading outpatient counseling center for mostly mandated clients and then as an Intensive In-Home Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Service (IICAPS Yale Program for children that may be at risk for inpatient hospitalization) Clinician for a leading child psychotherapy provider. Most recently Adam has worked as a counselor at a nearby hospital in their adult acute psychiatric inpatient department (Psych Ward) helping individuals with acute psychiatric challenges.

Some interesting facts about Adam:

He worked for the Transportation Security Administration

He traveled the world as a Fire Control Technician in the Navy

Obtained a Jr. Black Belt in Parker Kenpo Karate as a junior in high school

Is a little bit of a nerd! Love electronics, carpentry, mechanics, and electrical

Adam is a proud father and has been together with his wife for over 13 years!

Why is all of this important?

It has been determined by several research studies (Miller, Duncan, & Hubble,1997; Miller, Hubble, & Duncan, 1995) that the model and technique a therapist uses only constitute 15% of overall therapeutic outcomes. 40% was attributed to extra-therapeutic factors (income, transportation, etc.) and 30% was due to the therapeutic relationship you have with your counselor! That means first a foremost, your therapist should be obtainable (e.g. close by, attainable) and perhaps most importantly MUST be someone you like, trust, and think can help you! Does your therapist have a similar culture? Is gender of your therapist important when it comes to trust or previous traumatic experience? Is the model heshe practices in line with your belief system? (e.g. are you the expert of your own life or is the person you are going to be seeing?) This stuff is really important!

More Info About My Practice

Take your time, review our website, and choose the provider that best suites your needs. Psychotherapists have different backgrounds, training, belief systems, and cultural backgrounds that generally is not "one size fits all."

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

ADHD, Men's Issues, Accelerated Rehabilitation, Anger Management, Basic Trauma, PTSD, Grief, Basic Marital Counseling, Depression, Substance Misuse, and Anxiety.

My View on the Nature of 'Disorders'

A disorder is a list of symptoms that is subjectively assessed by a clinician. Criteria often overlaps within our Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5, 2013) and can be influenced by time constraints, fluctuating factors that influence mental health, and the bias of the professional. Remember that diagnosis is for billing and intervention purposes mainly which means that it generally does not designate where the symptoms are coming from. Every individual experiences their "diagnosis" in a different way and incorrect diagnosis does happen. Don't let a label define you.

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Services I Provide

  • Consultation
  • Family Therapy
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Adults and Children with a history of Attention Deficit HyperactivityInattentive Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Bipolar, Conduct Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, Social, Grief, High Functioning (Verbal) Autism Spectrum Disorder, Mild Intellectual Disability, various Personality Disorders, Adjustment Disorders, and many populations that were excluded elsewhere. I also have training in vocational counseling, sleep hygiene, and stress reduction strategies. DON'T let a diagnosis fool you! Sometimes a diagnosis can be inaccurate, irrelevant, or no longer applicable to your current situation.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Career Choice
  • Chronic Pain
  • Control Issues
  • Developmental Disorders (Autism, Aspergers, etc.)
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Emptiness
  • Fear
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Esteem
  • Trust Issues
  • Workplace Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Ecotherapy / Nature Therapy
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Positive Psychology
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
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