Russell is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker from the United States and received a Master of Social Work from the University of Illinois.
With a diverse career in counseling and social work, he has worked with teens to keep them from juvenile incarceration, with children and teens in children’s homes, orphanages, foster care (working with children, teens, foster parents, and biological parents), crisis counseling, family counseling, individual counseling (children-adult), and couples counseling.
In 2005-2009, Russell worked with the University of Labor and Social Affairs in Hanoi, assisting their students to put theory into practice, workshops for faculty, and provided individual counseling.
Since opening Crosspoint Vietnam at the end of 2011, Russell has provided services for older children, teens, adults, and couples.
Russell believes each person has significance and approaches the counseling process with a collaborative approach to understand the issues and to outline the goal of therapy. He is eclectic in his approach based on the needs of the client. For depression and anxiety issues, Russell primarily utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. With couples, Russell uses primarily the Gottman Method.
Married to his wife, Ann, for 28 years, they have two adult children and have a passion to strengthen marriages. They highly recommend the Alpha Marriage Course, materials from The Gottman Institute, and books by Dr. Sue Johnson, such as Hold Me Tight.
A member of the National Association of Social Workers and the American Association of Christian Counselors, Russell enjoys photography, basketball, reading, and coffee.