Dayna Russo

(MSW, LCSW, LPHA)
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About Me

My name is Dayna Russo (she/her); I live in a straight sized, able, queer, female presenting, white, neurodivergent body. For 12 years I have worked in the field of social work; I currently hold my LCSW license in Illinois, but am living in New Jersey. I have a Master's of Social Work from Florida State University, and work with children, adolescents, and adults through individual, family and couples counseling. My work focuses on trauma/PTSD, mood disorders (depression, bipolar disorder, DMDD) anxiety disorders (generalized, social, panic, phobias), body acceptance/weight inclusivity, and personality disorders.

My primary clinical approaches include, but are not limited to, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Trauma Focused CBT, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Intuitive Eating (IE) and Health At Every Size (HAES). In our work together, we'll focus on past and present struggles to set attainable goals, learn to recognize patterns in mood and behavior, learn new coping strategies, and facilitate a more compassionate view of self. I want to help people reach their fullest potential, explore the intersectionality of their identities and how to accept themselves, and find more functional ways to exist in an ever changing and more complex world.

As a clinician, my practice is influenced by my own experiences and struggles; you're not alone in needing help, and seeking therapy is judgment free! Treatment will be focused on you and your experience. Many people present with similar concerns or diagnoses, but each person experiences their lives and feelings differently. We will work from your perspective and experience, and make the therapeutic experience unique to you.

"When you can't look on the bright side, I will sit with you in the dark".


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depression
  • Coping with life changes
Also experienced in:
LGBT , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Abandonment , Antisocial Personality , Attachment Issues , BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 7

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCSW #149.020105 (Expires: 2022-02-28)


Reviews

Written by C.A. on Jan 13, 2022 after therapy with Dayna for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and grief

Even though it’s been a couple of days, I really enjoy Dayana, she’s super sweet and understanding, and is honest

Written by L.Y. on Dec 28, 2021 after therapy with Dayna for 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

She is great and I am thankful for this platform!

Written by D.A. on Dec 17, 2021 after therapy with Dayna for 1 year and 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

Dayna has been helping me out of hard times for over two years now, she is the reason I love this app! When I am hard on myself she reminds me that I’m human, and that I’m growing. When I question myself she supports me, and helps me plant my feet back in the ground. I’m so glad I was matched with such a gentle and caring soul.

Written by M.O. on Dec 13, 2021 after therapy with Dayna for 1 year and 6 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, and anger management

Dayna is awesome!! Always look forward to connecting with her when I have the money to pay for therapy.

Written by A.M. on Dec 11, 2021 after therapy with Dayna for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and anger management

I still haven’t had the chance to speak to Dayna in the phone but we’ve been texting and she always responds in a timely manner and shows compassion and great understanding of the issues I want to work on. So far it’s been very helpful.

Written by K.A. on Oct 25, 2021 after therapy with Dayna for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Dayna is a very helpful woman. I loved talking with her. She is insightful, funny, I feel as if she listens when I speak and gives advise when needed. She is easy to talk with because I feel like im speaking with someone thats caring and progressive. Definitely would recommend.!

Written by H.A. on Oct 08, 2021 after therapy with Dayna for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and coping with life changes

She is truly amazing!

Written by A.L. on Oct 02, 2021 after therapy with Dayna for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, eating disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

I just started with her & I already feel very comfortable; she is helping me figure out a lot! I appreciate her time & she is super knowledgeable very helpful!

Written by J.A. on Sep 17, 2021 after therapy with Dayna for 1 year and 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

I seriously can’t thank Dayna enough. Having a different point of view and known facts that she gives me seriously help me understand my situation better. I appreciate the safe space that she creates.

Written by C.L. on Sep 16, 2021 after therapy with Dayna for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, and coaching

Dayna is a wonderful counselor. Her guidance throughout our sessions has been really beneficial to my healing process. I'm grateful that Dayna is a counselor on this platform.

Written by J.O. on Aug 18, 2021 after therapy with Dayna for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and anger management

Dayna is wonderful at what they do. I know I can unload a lot at once and they always keep me focused and on task on what the root cause is. I really appreciate their expertise!

Written by C.A. on Aug 16, 2021 after therapy with Dayna for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and sleeping disorders

I'm grateful for Dayna, my counselor. She's kind, considerate, knowledgeable, and funny. I like that she doesn't just listen to what I say, but also shares stories as well. In this time, when finding an in-person counselor is nearly impossible in some areas - I'm lucky I have her to go to!

Written by L.I. on Jul 27, 2021 after therapy with Dayna for 1 year and 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Dayna is so timely in her feedback, checks in as needed, lets me ramble, and is able to piece together what I'm trying to say into more meaningful questions or actions to help me stay focused and productive in managing my mental health.

Written by H.E. on Jun 24, 2021 after therapy with Dayna for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Dayna is amazing and I feel very lucky to have her as my counselor. She has helped me so much.

Written by H.A. on Jun 17, 2021 after therapy with Dayna for 4 weeks on issues concerning lgbt, relationship issues, and grief

Dayna really helped me work through a traumatic time in my life. I felt a dramatic improvement in my mental state over a short period of time thanks to Dayna.

Written by A.S. on May 13, 2021 after therapy with Dayna for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties

I have been doing so much better with the therapy and guidance of Dayna Russo.

Written by B.E. on May 12, 2021 after therapy with Dayna for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, sleeping disorders, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Danya has incredibly thoughtful responses. She allows me to feel heard and understood :)

Written by G.R. on Jan 08, 2021 after therapy with Dayna for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Dayna has been enormously instrumental in helping to improve my anxiety since we started working together. She is kind and warm and really takes the time to listen to what I have to say. I am incredibly grateful for her help, and have no doubt that she as wonderful to everyone else she works with.

Written by J.O. on Aug 27, 2020 after therapy with Dayna for 11 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and intimacy-related issues

I love having Dayna as my therapist! She is so attentive and she is a great listener. I always feel better after a session.

Written by K.A. on Jun 26, 2020 after therapy with Dayna for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching

Dayna is a wonderful listener and provides really helpful insights. I feel heard and seen by her and would recommend her to a friend.

Written by R.Y. on Jun 23, 2020 after therapy with Dayna for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and self esteem

So far Dayna has been great! I've been with her for a few weeks and we're already diving into all the fun emotional stuff. She's been great about coming up with solutions or different paths for various problems!

Written by T.A. on May 26, 2020 after therapy with Dayna for 2 weeks on issues concerning addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Dayna is an incredible resource to sort out complicated feelings, thoughts, and situations. Her knowledge and insight have been extremely valued as it highlighted key factors. Dayna is professional and the most perfect match for me. Almost seems like a miracle. Deepest gratitude.

Written by N.A. on May 20, 2020 after therapy with Dayna for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and c

I’m grateful for Dayna and her insight. I am really hoping that our session can help me through these tough times.

Written by B.R. on May 05, 2020 after therapy with Dayna for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, and self esteem

Dayna is amazing. She makes me feel welcomed to talk about anything and anyone with no judgement on what I say or what I've gone through.

Written by C.O. on May 04, 2020 after therapy with Dayna for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, and coping with life changes

I am fairly new, but am so far very impressed with Dayna’s responses. I look forward to this journey, and am encouraged to take the process seriously. It helps to feel confident in your therapist, and Dayna is yet to disappoint.

Written by L.I. on Apr 29, 2020 after therapy with Dayna for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping disorders, anger management, and coping with life changes

Dayna is awesome and relatable and completely listens to you and points you in the right direction when you go off course, but in a non-judgmental and healthy way.

Written by V.A. on Apr 29, 2020 after therapy with Dayna for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Very insightful and timely responses to a time of deep distress with my relationship. She helped me ground myself in a big way and would definitely recommend her to others.

Written by M.A. on Mar 23, 2020 after therapy with Dayna for 2 months on issues concerning bipolar disorder

Clearly someone who knows what they are talking about.....

Written by A.S. on Jan 16, 2020 after therapy with Dayna for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and adhd

So far very impressed

Written by C.A. on Dec 09, 2019 after therapy with Dayna for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and anger management

Dayna's understanding, empathy, and overall clinical skills far superceed any mental health counseling I've ever received. She is incredible at helping articulate your thoughts and providing very useful resources to get through the roadblocks outside of a session. Highly appreciated, highly recommended

Written by R.O. on Oct 07, 2019 after therapy with Dayna for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, career difficulties, and adhd

Dayna is great, she listens and responds so quickly even on weekends. I’m very happy to have her as a counselor.

Written by T.I. on Sep 23, 2019 after therapy with Dayna for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and anger management

Dayna has helped me so much in just the first week with my situation. I'm definitely glad that I can rely on her to be there in my time of need.

Written by R.Y. on Sep 16, 2019 after therapy with Dayna for 6 days on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, parenting issues, self esteem, and anger management

Dayna is an amazing counselor! She's highly empathetic, understanding, relatable, and easy to talk to. She's responsive and knowledgeable. She considers the individual's unique needs instead of using a cookie-cutter approach. I would recommend her to anybody.