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Dr. Shanyta Russell, PsyD

Specializes in:

Coping Skills
Behavioral Issues
School Issues
Family Conflict
Trauma & PTSD
Every day is a new beginning. Take a deep breath, smile and start again. -Author Unknown

Shanyta is currently in network with BCBSIL PPO, Blue Choice, and United Healthcare and is pending approval for Cigna. She is also offering self-pay and can also provide a SuperBill if requested.

Hello! I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Illinois. I congratulate you for taking this step towards deepening your self-awareness. I am committed to meeting the mental health and wellness needs of my clients. Life can be full of twists and turns which may lead to obstacles that are difficult to overcome alone. These obstacles tend to shape how you view yourself, relate to others and how you are experienced or viewed by others. I seek to provide a warm, safe, nonjudgmental and supportive space.

As your therapist, I strongly believe that building trust and listening are key components towards your journey of healing. I believe that individuals are resourceful and resilient. With support, we will tap into your resources, which will allow you to grow, thrive and incorporate positive and lasting change in your life. As your collaborative partner, I hope to guide you through this journey.

 

APPROACH

In my work with clients, I utilize an integrative approach through various evidenced based strategies, tailored to meet your specific needs and therapeutic goals. My specialties include the following:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a treatment approach that helps you recognize negative or unhelpful thought and behavior patterns. Through CBT, our objective is to help you identify and explore the ways your emotions and thoughts can negatively affect your actions. Once you notice these patterns, you can begin learning to reframe your thoughts in a more positive and helpful way.

Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) is a short-term goal-focused evidence-based therapeutic approach which helps clients change by constructing solutions. SFBT places focus on a person’s present and future circumstances and goals rather than past experiences.

Person-Centered Therapy is also known as Client-Centered Therapy. Through this approach, I aim to understand how the world looks from your point of view and create an atmosphere in which allows you to communicate your present thoughts and feelings with certainty that they are being understood rather than judged.

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is an evidence-based treatment for children and adolescents impacted by trauma and their parents or caregivers. This is a structured intervention where the child/youth and parent/caregiver learn new and better ways to handle the difficult feelings and more helpful ways to think about what happened. A very important part of TF-CBT is practicing the skills for handling feelings and thinking in more constructive ways in between sessions.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

EDUCATION

2012- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology | Illinois School of Professional Psychology

2002- Master of Social Work; University of Illinois at Chicago

1997-Bachelor of Child and Family Studies; Northern Illinois University

EXPERIENCE

As a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Social Worker, I am a polished professional with over 20 years of experience. I have experience providing direct clinical services to children, families, couples, and adults in an array of settings. I am a skilled clinician in the field of child welfare, inpatient psychiatric mental health, outpatient crisis intervention, school-based services, community-based outpatient mental health, and residential services coupled with case management and advocacy services for clients ranging in age from 3 to 65.

Since 2013, I have worked as a school social worker. I currently provide school-based emotional and social skills training in a south suburban high school. I also have 8 years of experience as a clinician and supervisor within an alternative educational setting.

I conducted my post-doctoral training and internship through Grand Prairie Services, a local community mental health agency. I provided individual, group and family services coupled with psychological testing. Additionally, I worked as a Crisis Screening, Assessment and Support Services Therapist (Crisis SASS Therapist) and conducted on-site crisis assessments.

After graduating from Northern Illinois University, I entered the field of Child Welfare. I worked as a case manager with a private agency contracted by the Department of Children and Family Services. Through this role, I helped to reunite children with their biological families. When reunification was unattainable, I worked to secure permanent homes for children in care.

 

PERSONAL

I bring compassion and the use of humor to the therapeutic experience. In my use of humor, I enjoy a good laugh, especially one that brings me to tears! I am committed to community service and self-care. I enjoy reading, listening to music, relaxing and spending time with my family and friends. I have an innate ability to relate to others and enjoy helping others navigate this thing called life! I often say, “I majored in feelings.” Let’s work together, to better manage yours!