Desirea Russell

LPC

About Me

I realized that we all have something that we want to work on within ourselves. I want to thank you for choosing me to help you on your journey to doing just that. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, who is dedicated to providing quality psychotherapy for those looking to reinvest in themselves. I have worked in the mental health field since 2007. My clinical areas of specialty include individual/family counseling, addiction, trauma, vocational counseling, and depression and anxiety.
I specialize in treating personality and mood disorders, AD/HD, and co-occurring disorders. I also have extensive experience in career counseling. I enjoy working with adolescents, teens, and adults. I apply cognitive behavioral approach and solution focused brief therapy; however, I am experienced in several other therapeutic modalities.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Anger management
  • Career difficulties
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Addictions , LGBT , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Self esteem , Coping with life changes , Coaching , Compassion fatigue , ADHD

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

Years of Experience: 7

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LPC #LPC009974 (Expires: 2022-09-30)


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Desirea 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.

Written by F.R. on Jul 14, 2022 after therapy with Desirea for 1 year and 2 months

She is just great to talk to and will always listen to just my babbling

Written by D.H. on Jul 05, 2022 after therapy with Desirea for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, and adhd

Working with Desirea has been so great, she really makes you think and reflect to the solution yourself - which is what I need. I've gained so much confidence, insight, self-care techniques and general life lessons from my session with Desirea and would highly recommend her.

She is thoughtful and kind, and makes you feel really cared for.

Written by J.E. on Jul 01, 2022 after therapy with Desirea for 2 years on issues concerning depression, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

She is just great! I would know. Not kidding in the least.

Written by E.M. on Jun 13, 2022 after therapy with Desirea for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, anger management, career difficulties, and compassion fatigue

Desirea is very helpful, knowledgeable, and honest. I am looking forward to working with her even more to help reach my goals.

Written by S.H. on May 26, 2022 after therapy with Desirea for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, anger management, and bipolar disorder

I feel heard for the first time in a really long time. I'm hopeful regular sessions will help me break out of destructive cycles.

Written by B.I. on May 14, 2022 after therapy with Desirea for 5 months on issues concerning sleeping disorders, and adhd

Desirea is honest, competent, and warm. She is very respectful and her guidance has helped me.

Written by A... on Mar 19, 2022 after therapy with Desirea for 9 months

Love her! She’s the best!

Written by K.A. on Feb 28, 2022 after therapy with Desirea for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, depression, self esteem, coping with life changes, adhd, grief, and coaching

Thanks so much Desirea, your calm insight and caring demeanour are a HUGE help, and one of the best things about every month!

Written by L.I. on Feb 25, 2022 after therapy with Desirea for 1 year and 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, and sleeping disorders

So thankful for Desirea.

Written by D.E. on Feb 07, 2022 after therapy with Desirea for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Desirea has been great since we connected , great personality - very understanding and she hears you- emphasis on hear

Written by E.R. on Jan 19, 2022 after therapy with Desirea for 1 year and 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Desirea is amazing! I am so thankful to have her in my life!

Written by G.R. on Jan 07, 2022 after therapy with Desirea for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, self esteem, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd

Desirea described what she does as kind of being a diary that talks back, but she’s more than that. She challenges the ways that I move through the world and dares me to engage with reality without the filters. I’m confident that I’m in good hands.

Written by S.T. on Dec 22, 2021 after therapy with Desirea for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, and anger management

Desirea is very professional, & knowledgeable, she gives great advice.

Written by M.A. on Oct 27, 2021 after therapy with Desirea for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Desirea is an awesome therapist!!! Extremely personable and easy to talk to!

Written by M.A. on Jul 31, 2021 after therapy with Desirea for 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, career difficulties, coaching, and compassion fatigue

Desirea is fantastic! So thankful she’s on here

Written by N.A. on May 27, 2021 after therapy with Desirea for 1 year on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, and self esteem

Desirea has an amazing ability to fully support me as I am while gently helping me move towards the changes I most want. She's kind and intelligent. She clearly has a lot of experience. I feel like I'm in very capable hands and can open up even my most tender aspects.

Written by E.V. on May 18, 2021 after therapy with Desirea for 2 weeks on issues concerning bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and coaching

She really thinks in solutions, this is what therapy should be like. I am grateful to know her

Written by A.R. on May 15, 2021 after therapy with Desirea for 3 months on issues concerning lgbt, and self esteem

All I can say is the Desirea is the best!

Written by A.N. on May 12, 2021 after therapy with Desirea for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

Desirea is the best! She has a high level of expertise and wisdom. You can tell she is very passionate about helping others and really cares about you and what you have to say. This is my first time going to therapy, which made me very nervous at first, but Desirea’s approach and energy made it easy. I would recommend 10/10 for anyone thinking about wanting to get better as an overall person.

Written by R.A. on May 11, 2021 after therapy with Desirea for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and career difficulties

Desirea is an amazing counselor!
I came to her after having a bad experience with another counselor, and it was very important to me to get my faith restored in counseling, and she did it so effortlessly because she is well experienced and well educated.
She is very thoughtful and compassionate, wise, and understanding,
she’s respectful and non judgemental, and she’s also a very good listener!
Along my journey of several months with her, I have felt the progress, I am getting good grasp on how my mind and feelings work, she helped me find answers to lifelong questions that I had about myself and my feelings and about past experiences.
thanks to her help I managed to deal with very tough situations in my life in a healthy way.
I highly recommend Desirea, and I’m looking forward to getting better and better with her help

Written by E.R. on May 10, 2021 after therapy with Desirea for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd

My counselor is the best! Down to earth, real, honest, funny, warm and loving! She listens and she’s about action and healing!!! I love herrrrr!

Written by T.A. on May 09, 2021 after therapy with Desirea for 2 days on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Desirea was extremely professional and super pleasant! I was an absolute mess before our session. And I felt much better after. I felt extremely comfortable talking to her. I would definitely recommend her.

Written by S.H. on Apr 30, 2021 after therapy with Desirea for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coaching, and compassion fatigue

Desirea Russel is a wonderful counselor that makes you feel at ease. During her sessions you truly feel heard which not only provides a safe space and relaxation but allows you to better hold up a mirror to yourself and emotions.
Her approach is flexible and excerises help to address the core of some of the problems. I highly recommend her.

Written by M.I. on Apr 25, 2021 after therapy with Desirea for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

She is really sweet, and funny and listens to what I have to say. She knows how bad I want what I want, and she’s working with me to achieve that

Written by A.M. on Mar 30, 2021 after therapy with Desirea for 1 month

She was so sweet and I felt very comfortable with her

Written by K.Y. on Mar 13, 2021 after therapy with Desirea for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and coping with life changes

Therapy has been a crucial aspect of my life for some time, finding a therapist that understands me has always been the hardest part. Desirea makes me feel like I have a professionally trained best friend. She creates an accepting and enriching therapy environment seemingly effortlessly! Desirea’s guidance has given me the ability to live life rather than it being a burden. Her help during these trying times is appreciated beyond words can express.

Written by K.A. on Mar 09, 2021 after therapy with Desirea for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

So helpful and attentive to me even in my panic moments. She’s incredible and I’m SO grateful. HIGHLY recommended.

Written by C.A. on Feb 11, 2021 after therapy with Desirea for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Desirea is very understanding and helpful. She comes up with creative ways to work on self growth. I’m very grateful for her help!

Written by L.Y. on Jan 15, 2021 after therapy with Desirea for 2 weeks on issues concerning self esteem

Desirea is able to ask me the right questions to explore options that are open to me. I find working with her very helpful. I would recommend her to others.

Written by S.A. on Jan 14, 2021 after therapy with Desirea for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, bipolar disorder, coaching, and adhd

Desirea is a great listener. She has given me helpful tools and is kind. She has a good personality and knows how to help.

Written by O.L. on Dec 09, 2020 after therapy with Desirea for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and adhd

I really cannot recommend Desirea enough. She helped me find things looking inside that I failed to see on my own. She's given me tools and tips to managing myself when things seem hardest, and for that I owe her a debt of gratitude. I've been able to find peace and balance in my life that I didn't think possible before. Thank you!

Written by D.A. on Dec 01, 2020 after therapy with Desirea for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Desirea provided me with invaluable insight and advice to deal with the problems I was facing.

She worked with me to not only guide me through my issues, but also to provide me with the tools to mentally deal with any circumstances that may reoccur.

Desirea is a fantastic counsellor and I throughly recommend her.

Written by J.O. on Oct 05, 2020 after therapy with Desirea for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, grief, and self esteem

Desirea is the most supportive psychologist I’ve ever spoken to. She validated my feelings and I can tell she truly listens to me. She is super easy to talk to, and makes the therapy experience relaxing and enjoyable.

Written by M.A. on Sep 23, 2020 after therapy with Desirea for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and adhd

My words get jumbled up, and tend to wander off whenever I'm talking, yet somehow she always understands what I am actually saying and focuses on the most important issues. Then she calmly helps me resolve them in a friendly tone. I now feel that finally my problems aren't being ignored, no matter how small or big they are.

Written by K.H. on Aug 27, 2020 after therapy with Desirea for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd

Desirea is excellent at listening and affirming! She maintains positive energy and is super supportive.

Written by L.A. on Aug 13, 2020 after therapy with Desirea for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, trauma and abuse, grief, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Very pleased.

Written by A.I. on Aug 10, 2020 after therapy with Desirea for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, and coping with life changes

Desirea is the best she has me feeling better about myself and life overall. I was down so bad when I started with her and now I am doing a lot better.

Written by A.L. on Aug 08, 2020 after therapy with Desirea for 2 weeks on issues concerning trauma and abuse, and intimacy-related issues

I enjoy working with her. She listens well, is compassionate and gives good "homework" to keep me on track throughout the week. She also checks in if I've been quiet for a week or so.

Written by L.A. on Aug 05, 2020 after therapy with Desirea for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, grief, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, and adhd

I haven't been working with Desirea for long but I'm really enjoying working with her so far. I love the flexibility of chat sessions and Desirea herself is responsive to my concerns. She works with me to find solutions that work for me and my needs and is great at acknowledging and having empathy for what I'm feeling.

Written by L.A. on Aug 04, 2020 after therapy with Desirea for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Desirea is warm, inviting, and extremely easy to talk to. She LISTENS to me and provides helpful tools to help me cope with whatever I'm going thorough. I've had several sessions with her and each time I feel better at the end! I highly recommend Desirea, especially if you're apprehensive about therapy because she makes it easy!

Written by K.E. on Jul 29, 2020 after therapy with Desirea for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Great counselor knows what she’s talking about and wants to help almost like a friend

Written by K.E. on Jul 23, 2020 after therapy with Desirea for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

Desirea has helped me unpack some of my junk in such a short time. She gave me simple prompts that really made me think about what I hold onto and how to think about those things differently. I already feel lighter and more in control of my emotions.

Written by L.A. on Jul 20, 2020 after therapy with Desirea for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

She very kind and informative!

Written by M.A. on Jul 08, 2020 after therapy with Desirea for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and anger management

Desirea is a very sweet person, who is also fun to talk to. She does a great job at helping me understand myself better, she puts everything in a new light. She helps me greatly with gaining a new perspective on difficult matters. She has also helped me significantly with trying to use all the negative energy inside me productively. I can say that she has been of great help and I feel quite helpful to have had her as my counsellor.

Written by S.U. on Jun 30, 2020 after therapy with Desirea for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, and bipolar disorder

Desirea Russell is the best therapist I’ve ever had, she listens to me, respects me and offers me solutions to all of my issues.

Written by M.I. on Jun 25, 2020 after therapy with Desirea for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

I highly recommend Desirea. She always has the right words to help you with your problems and checks on you often to make sure you’re doing okay. If you’re someone who needs someone to make you feel better when you’re down, she’s the best one for you!

Written by S.E. on Jun 23, 2020 after therapy with Desirea for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and self esteem

Desirea is wonderful at giving advise on how to cope with what I've been going through.

Written by B.R. on May 20, 2020 after therapy with Desirea for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

She is very knowledgeable and receptive to my needs.

Written by S.T. on May 18, 2020 after therapy with Desirea for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, self esteem, coaching, and adhd

This year has been hard, but BetterHelp has made it easier. Desirea pairs thoughtful advice and reflection, with genuine understanding and companionship. Her experience with motherhood, education, and professionalism makes her extremely relatable to other businesswomen raising a family. She is an excellent therapist, and a beautiful friend.

Written by A.N. on May 11, 2020 after therapy with Desirea for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and anger management

Really great sessions that feel interactive, professional, enlightening, compassionate and so useful, and am very grateful for the amazing positive energy that Desirea has along with it, makes doing something this difficult fully worthwhile.

Written by A.T. on May 10, 2020 after therapy with Desirea for 3 weeks on issues concerning addictions, relationship issues, and anger management

She’s supportive and I feel myself when I am talking to her.

Written by C.H. on May 04, 2020 after therapy with Desirea for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coaching

So far, I'm really grateful for the help I've received on this platform. Looking forward to more growth.

Written by T.R. on May 01, 2020 after therapy with Desirea for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Love her. Patient. Caring. Warm. Insightful.

Written by J.I. on Apr 28, 2020 after therapy with Desirea for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coaching

She has been extremely helpful and I am grateful for her.

Written by C.H. on Apr 25, 2020 after therapy with Desirea for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with

Great conversationalist. Makes it a safe and free environment to express what your needs are, where they stem from and how to find solutions and resolutions that work for you as an individual. Drops a lot gems too.

Written by J.O. on Apr 24, 2020 after therapy with Desirea for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, self esteem, bipolar disorder, coaching, and adhd

Desirea is a wonderful, caring individual. She is balanced and calm and comes across as both professional and also personally interested in what I have to say. I feel a lot of support from her.

Written by H.A. on Apr 21, 2020 after therapy with Desirea for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, sleeping disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

Desirea is very supportive. She is a great counselor.

Written by Z.A. on Apr 19, 2020 after therapy with Desirea for 1 week on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, and coping with life changes

Wonderful, only had two sessions but am pleased with everything so far. Very supportive and understanding, and already making small improvements to my life thanks to her help.

Written by L.A. on Apr 13, 2020 after therapy with Desirea for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues

Desirea is an excellent counsellor, she takes A great deal of effort to both listen carefully with understanding and offer feedback that both supports and aids my mental health journey. Would absolutely recommend Desirea to anyone!

Written by G.E. on Apr 13, 2020 after therapy with Desirea for 2 weeks on issues concerning family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and career difficulties

Desirea is really supportive, offers excellent advice and comes across as a kind, genuine person who I feel one-hundred-percent comfortable with.

Written by K.E. on Mar 12, 2020 after therapy with Desirea for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, and stress, anxiety

Desires very good at job good stuff

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