Dara Russell

MMFT (Pre-licensed))

Dara Russell

MMFT (Pre-licensed))

Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist
License Status: I'm a therapist practicing under supervision. Supervisor: LMFT, Carol Smith
Primary Credential: Temporary


678 Brook Hollow Road
Nashville, Tennessee 37205

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My Approach to Helping

I believe it is the role of the therapist to provide a safe space for clients that will allow them room to grow and gain insight into achieving their life goals. The therapeutic relationship should be one of mutual trust and respect that fosters the ability to navigate day-to-day struggles and restore balance and healing to those that are suffering.

I work with individuals, families, couples and young children. I have had great success with children through various play therapy modalities and I enjoy exploring the various dynamics between couples and families. I apply an integrated approach with a primary focus on cognitive behavioral therapy, humanistic, and traditional psychodynamic theories.

The therapeutic process may help renew connection in relationships, understand past traumas, or simply face the challenges of daily living. I look forward to speaking with you.

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

Gottman Level 1 Certified

Services I Provide

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

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Adults


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Children and adults

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Anxiety
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Control Issues
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Parenting
  • Relationships and Marriage

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Gottman Method
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Play Therapy
  • Sand Tray Therapy
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