Provider Type: Therapist
Manages Medications: No, provides therapy only
Provider Gender: Female
I received my Masters of the Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Prior to that, I received my Bachelors of the Arts in both Psychology and Sociology from Drew University. I am a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) in the state of New Jersey. During my graduate internship, I worked for New Jersey AIDS Services in Morristown, New Jersey, counseling clients who were HIV positive and homeless, while also suffering from substance abuse and mental health issues. Since then, I have spent the last several years at New Jersey Behavioral Health, focusing on issues including anxiety disorders, trauma, eating disorders, mood disorders, personality disorders, effects and issues dealing with COVID and LGBTQ+ issues, etc. I currently see clients individually, as couples and as families. Therapeutic Approach: Over the past several years I have been able to develop, grow, and understand new approaches and new techniques to help others in their journeys for a better wellbeing. Through my experiences as a professional counselor, I have developed a unique skillset that suits our modern-day challenges as humans. It is crucial that my clients feel they are in a safe environment during sessions which is why I take a positive and empathetic approach while counseling my clients. I try to empower my clients to believe in themselves to work towards their goals while providing them with a non-judgmental, listening ear to all issues that may arise. I use various techniques based on the individual client’s needs and tailor them as such. There is not one specific therapeutic approach I use for all clients for this reason. I am a certified DBT therapist (C-DBT) and have found that those skills can be applied to a variety of different issues while keeping in mind modern day challenges. More about me: To be the best functioning therapist, mother, daughter, and wife, I make sure to prioritize self-care. Some of my favorite ideas for self-care include spending time with my family, hiking in the woods, and enjoying a sunny day at the beach. My journey of understanding and discovering myself is an everyday process that gives me the answers to my questions. I am eager to guide others on their own journeys so they can do the same.
- Bipolar Disorder
- Couple's Issues
- Eating Disorders
- Gender Identity
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Postpartum Depression/Anxiety
- Reproductive Challenges
- School Avoidance
- Women's Issues
Christina Russo is a therapist and cannot prescribe medication. However, most LifeStance offices have a Psychiatrist or APN on staff who can prescribe medication if needed.
Yes, Christina Russo does offer telehealth visits.