Adam Russo, MS, LPC, CCTP, ADHD is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Adam has a degree in Professional Counseling-Mental Health from Central CT State University, spending over 10 years being educated and supervised in the behavioral health arena. In total, Adam has over 25 years experience as either an educator, instructor, and mental health worker. Adam is licensed to talk about people's strengths and challenges and help them develop solutions, strategies, or insight into their current situations. Professional Counselors perhaps have the strongest background in treating physical and mental health disabilities and excel in many forms of individual and group psychotherapy. They also have typically a strong focus on vocational counseling since much of your identity and purpose lays both in the work or education that you pursue and the people you positively influence in your life. Adam also spent seven total years in the United States Navy both active duty and ready reserves and had the rare honor of being a recipient of an Admiral's Citation for international relations.
*Completed doctoral-level trauma specialty training
*Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) from International Association of Trauma Professionals
*Certified Clinical ADHD Professional from the Institute of Certified ADHD Professionals
*Intensive In-Home Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Service by Yale University
*Therapeutic Crisis Intervention by Cornell University
*Boys Town Psychoeducation Model of Treatment
*Crisis Prevention Institute training during psychiatric ward experience
After receiving his honorable discharge, he received his Associates degree from Middlesex Community College and Bachelors Degree from Charter Oak State College in Criminal Justice; receiving the Sergeant Dingwall State Award for Academic Excellence (an award NOT given out annually in the state). Adam had extensive crisis intervention experience as a Shift Coordinator for a Residential Treatment Facility for serious juvenile offenders. He completed his three semester graduate internship experience at the Rocky Hill Veterans' Home at both their immediate care and former substance rehabilitation programs. Adam also worked as a Lead Counselor for a leading outpatient counseling center for mostly mandated clients and then as an Intensive In-Home Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Service (IICAPS Yale Program for children that may be at risk for inpatient hospitalization) Clinician for a leading child psychotherapy provider. Adam has worked as a counselor at a nearby hospital in their adult acute psychiatric inpatient department (“Psych Ward”) helping individuals with acute psychiatric challenges. Adam is currently furthering his education as he completes his final research courses inside a Ed.D program in Community Counseling and Traumatology.
Some interesting facts about Adam:
He worked for the Transportation Security Administration
He traveled the world as a Fire Control Technician in the Navy
Obtained a Jr. Black Belt in Parker Kenpo Karate as a junior in high school
Is a little bit of a nerd! Love electronics, carpentry, mechanics, and electrical
Adam is a proud father of two and has been together with his wife for over 17 years!
Why is all of this important?
It has been determined by several research studies (Miller et al.,1997; Miller et al., 1995) that the model and technique a therapist uses only constitutes 15% of overall therapeutic outcomes. 40% was attributed to extra-therapeutic factors (income, transportation, etc.) and 30% was due to the therapeutic relationship you have with your counselor! That means first a foremost, your therapist should be obtainable (e.g. close by, attainable) and perhaps most importantly MUST be someone you like, trust, and think can help you! Does your therapist have a similar culture? Is gender of your therapist important when it comes to trust or previous traumatic experience? Is the model he/she practices in line with your belief system? (e.g. are you the expert of your own life or is the person you are going to be seeing?) These constructs are really important!