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Alison Russell, LCSW-C

Family conflicts Trauma, Abuse Grief Coping with life changes
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Alison Russell, LCSW-C

Hi. I’m Alison Russell! I am a Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical and have been in the Social Work field for over 25 years. One of the many things I learned during my extensive experience working with First Responders, adults, adolescents and children is that people are resilient. I have hope and believe in those who are ready, willing and able to self reflect and work towards positive change. I received my Bachelors degree in Sociology from the University of Maryland and after many years of working with the adolescent population and family systems, earned my Masters degree in Social work from Delaware State University. Some areas of my expertise include working with adults, children and families involved in the child welfare system encompassing victims/survivors of child sexual abuse, childhood trauma, victims/survivors of the foster care system, dysfunctional family systems, grief and loss, anxiety, as well as adjustment issues. Most recently and during the COVID pandemic, I have been a Hospice Social Worker focusing on end of life issues which impact patients and families including issues related to grief, loss, anxiety, depression, and bereavement.

My approach to working with those in need includes the Eclectic approach along with being Trauma-informed. I use Motivational Interviewing, the Strengths perspective, the Client Centered approach, and Behavior Modification. I believe that if the client is ready to engage in the therapeutic relationship, learning all aspects of their lives, including the past, present and future is most beneficial to them. I believe in starting where the client is and aspire to achieve goals set forth in an effort to enhance overall functioning. I look forward to processing life together, one session at a time.

Professional experience

25yrs in practice
Family conflicts Trauma, Abuse Grief Coping with life changes

Additional areas of focus: Stress, Anxiety, Self esteem, Compassion fatigue, Adoption and Foster Care, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Blended Family Issues, Caregiver issues and stress, Communication problems, Domestic Violence, Family Problems, First Responder Issues, Guilt and shame, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Post-traumatic stress, Sexual Assault and Abuse

Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Services offered

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License information

MD LCSW-C 12466


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Alison Russell. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Alison is a talented and experienced therapist who can quickly understand her patients and offer excellent guidance and insights!

Written on Jan 16, 2023 after therapy with Alison for 8 months on issues concerning depression, self esteem, and anger management

Alison had been tremendously helpful during a very difficult time. She truly listens, cares and gives helpful feedback that feels genuine and thoughtful. I’ve learned so much about myself and why I have the feelings I have in the short time I’ve been working with her. I’m very grateful to have the privilege of working with her.

Written on Jul 26, 2022 after therapy with Alison for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Allison and I have the very best conversations. She listens carefully and only responds when I stop talking. I don’t have anyone in my circle that I can talk to with the patients that she has. I feel very comfortable that what she is doing for me at this point is making my life better. Thank you and thanks Allison

Written on Jul 07, 2022 after therapy with Alison for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, and intimacy-related issues

Alison was very helpful for me in a time where I was in a huge transition. She was wonderful and always made me feel heard. It was a pleasure getting to know her and I will be forever grateful for how she helped me. I highly recommend working with her.

Written on May 03, 2022 after therapy with Alison for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

I was matched with Alison, and I was blown away from how different my experience was with her compared to my previous therapist. She was validating, encouraging, and gave me the energy and connection I’ve been wanting from a therapist. She makes me feel listened to and seen. I’m very impressed with how she is both warm and professional in our interactions, and I feel extraordinarily lucky to have met her!

Written on Jan 25, 2022 after therapy with Alison for 4 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and trauma and abuse

I can tell she has great knowledge and experience in this field with the suggestions and support she gives me. Our conversations have helped solve or guided my issues into a positive direction

Written on Jan 10, 2022 after therapy with Alison for 1 month on issues concerning relationship issues