Russ has been practicing professional counseling for 15 years. He has clinical experience working with individuals, couples and families over the years addressing several different types of clinical issues. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a certified Sexual Addiction Specialist (via C-SASI). He has extensive training and experience with adolescents and their families, advanced training for couples counseling from Drs. John and Julie Gottman, and has completed 2 levels of training for Internal Family Systems theory.
Russ is a graduate of Mississippi State University, and completed his Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS. He has worked in clinical settings of Community Mental Health in Vicksburg, a psychiatric facility for adolescents in Jackson, and private practice contracting for a local counseling center before forming Watershed Counseling Associates, PLLC over five years ago with colleagues Marti Witherow and Caty Coffey.
Over his professional career, Russ has conducted seminars around adolescent issues, sexual addiction, adoption, marriage enrichment, foster care, attachment and sexual identity. Russ and his wife had the opportunity to travel internationally where he conducted two marriage enrichment seminars back in 2011.
In 2018, he was chosen as a Program Assistant to help facilitate a level 2 training of Internal Family Systems (IFS) theory to other professionals seeking to develop greater skill applying the model. Russ has incorporated IFS theory into his practice that he has found to be effective for a variety of issues facing the diverse population he counsels.
His experience and education have prepared him to work with a number of issues, including:
Russ seeks to live an authentic, simple and humble life in the Lord, surrendering to God’s call wherever He leads. He and his wife have three daughters and the family is a licensed foster care family in Mississippi where they’ve all fallen for their foster daughter over the past three years. Russ grew up in St. Louis, MO, and loves watching Cardinal baseball, enjoys working with his hands creating or rehabbing projects, and generally looks for new ways to keep his sanity in the midst of a house full of amazing women.
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- M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, MS
- Licensed Professional Counselor
- Certified Sexual Addiction Specialist (International Association of Certified Sexual Addiction Specialists)
- B.A. Mississippi State University