Dr. Carl Russell

(MA, DMin, LPCC)

About Me

I am an independently licensed counselor in Albuquerque, NM. At this writing, I am 67 years old and have done a lot of different things in my life. I spent many years in the military, first in the Marine Corps and later in the Air Force. I pastored for several years and spent some time in emergency services and disaster response. These roles have included involvement in numerous community issues such as domestic violence and addictions.
As a therapist I have worked with various issues such as depression, anxiety, stress, and emotional trauma. I also provide relationship counseling and coaching in communication and conflict resolution. Due to my extensive work in emergency and disaster services and as a chaplain I work with people in emotional trauma, sometimes in counseling but sometimes at a traumatic scene.
I believe each person is a unique blend of personality, values, education, heredity, culture, religion, and life experiences. As such, I approach each client with respect, compassion, and as one of a kind. Effective counseling is about unconditional acceptance and appreciation for each person and working together in partnership to address his or her needs.
My root counseling approach is Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) which is based on the link between thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. However, there is also a person’s physiology and medical conditions that factor into their lives. I believe in a holistic approach to therapy in which we look at every facet which contributes to the issues the person wishes to address.
In my private life, my wife and I have been married for 42 years and we have two children and two grandchildren. My hobbies include motorcycling, ham radio, and martial arts.

Stress including depression and anxiety
Trauma i.e. Acute Stress Disorder and PTSD
I also have experience in anger management and self-esteem issues
Certified Practitioner of Brainspotting


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Grief
  • Anger management
Also experienced in:
Addictions , Family conflicts , Self esteem , Bipolar disorder , Depression , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , Communication Problems , Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster , Domestic Violence , Emptiness , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy

Years of Experience: 5

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LPCC #CCMH0207441 (Expires: 2021-09-30)


Written by H.A. on Aug 05, 2020 after counseling with Carl for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety

Dr Russell is very helpful and understanding. He takes the time to understand where everything started which helps me gain insight as to why I’m feeling the way I am.

Written by E.M. on Jul 24, 2020 after counseling with Carl for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, and compassion fatigue

Dr Russell is attentive, engaged and very honest with his approach. He offers constructive feedback and insight and I feel more at ease working with him. His experience with a variety of patients is apparent as he treats me like an individual and addresses my issues with confidence. I feel safe working with him.

Written by S.O. on Jul 22, 2020 after counseling with Carl for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

His approach has been therapeutic in a way that goes beyond just doing ‘therapy’ and it’s been of immense benefit to me.

Written by M.I. on Jun 16, 2020 after counseling with Carl for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and sleeping disorders

A very understanding and attentive individual. Thank you.

Written by R.I. on Jun 04, 2020 after counseling with Carl for 2 days on issues concerning relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

Very lovely man.