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Valerie Russell, LCSW

Stress, Anxiety Self esteem, Motivation Depression Coping with life changes Compassion fatigue
Video Phone Live Chat Messaging

About me

Do you often find yourself feeling burdened and struggling to stay committed to your goals? Have you had negative experiences with therapists in the past, leading you to doubt the effectiveness of therapy? Perhaps you're even questioning whether therapy is the right choice for you at this moment. These are common thoughts and concerns shared by many of my clients.

I understand that traditional therapy, with its stereotypical image of sitting in a room with a stranger who asks, "So, how do you feel about that?" can come across as robotic and impersonal. I believe therapy should be a genuine and a personal experience. If you've been trying the same approach repeatedly and haven't seen the results you desire, it's time to consider something different.

With years of experience in therapy, I specialize in assisting clients with managing stress, overcoming anxiety, fostering self-discipline, boosting self-esteem, and increasing confidence. I take an unconventional approach, steering clear of clinical jargon and outdated textbook techniques. Instead, I rely on a combination of strengths-based therapy, empathy, active listening, exposure therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and motivational interviewing to guide you toward achieving your goals.

Taking the first step towards seeking a more fulfilling and happier life requires courage, and I am here to provide you with the support and guidance you need.

Should you feel in need of urgent help or that you are in crisis at any time during our work together; please call 1-800-273-TALK 24 hours a day; or 911. This forum does not provide any type of emergency services, so I want to be sure you know who to contact if you need immediate help.

Professional experience

5yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Self esteem, Motivation Depression Coping with life changes Compassion fatigue

Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Sleeping disorders, Anger management, Career difficulties, ADHD, Body Image, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Emptiness, Forgiveness, Impulsivity, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Military and Veterans Issues, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Post-traumatic Stress, Self-Love, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Young Adult Issues

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

Services offered

Video
Phone
Live Chat
Messaging

License information

NC LCSW C015471

Reviews

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

She is good

Written on Sep 28, 2023 after therapy with Valerie for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

She is very kind and listens and responds with very insightful comments and questions. I leave my sessions feeling like I have a better understanding of how to help myself through some of the more difficult moments.

Written on Mar 06, 2023 after therapy with Valerie for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

So glad I was connected with Valerie Russell as my therapist! Can be overwhelming and stressful to find a good therapist these days, but Valerie made my experience at ease. She's very understanding, educational, supportive, and gives superb advice! Always there to check up on how your doing and works around your needs to better yourself. I supremely recommend Valerie Russell as your therapist

Written on Jan 28, 2023 after therapy with Valerie for 2 months on issues concerning depression, addictions, family conflicts, self esteem, career difficulties, and coaching

Valarie was the fourth therapist I tried after having no luck with others. I felt like I got cookie cutter responses from my therapists before, and sometimes I also find difficulty putting how I feel into words, and fear I ramble and make no sense. Val has the ability to decipher what I’m trying to get across each time, remembers what I tell her, and reaches out throughout the week to check in on me. She makes me feel comfortable and heard and leads the session, where as in the past I felt I was leading it and I didn’t necessarily love that. She meets you where you’re at and I love that as well, and makes you feel heard and seen. I’m grateful to have finally found the therapist that works for me!

Written on Dec 05, 2022 after therapy with Valerie for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, self esteem, bipolar disorder, and coping with life changes

Only 1 session in and Valerie has been amazing to talk to and gives great questions and responses to everything we have talked about!

Written on Dec 03, 2022 after therapy with Valerie for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue