Dashamelle Bowie Russ, LMSW, NY Psychotherapist (she/her/hers)

Special Interests
Adjustments/Life Transitions, Boundaries, Careers & Work Performance, Cultural Diversity/Race Issues, Depression, Ethnicity & Race, Family Issues, LGBTQ+ Issues, School Performance, Self Esteem/Self Acceptance, Self Identity Development, Social Media & Mental Health, Trauma, Women's Issues, Work/Life Balance
About This Project

 

You made it this far, keep going. I am glad you have started your journey of healing by starting to look for a therapist to guide you along the journey. As your guide, I am here to help you navigate life, to ask you the right questions to help you get to your own answers, and to provide a non-judgmental space for you to show up as your authentic self. This space is for you to focus solely on you without worrying about the possibility that you have shared too much and you need to make/hold space for someone else to share. I utilize the following therapeutic practices based on each client’s individual needs: Relational Therapy (exploration of relationship patterns), Psychotherapy, Solution Oriented, and Emotion Focused Therapy. Therapy is a partnership between the therapist and the client and a collaborative effort. I chose this profession because there is a lack of Black therapists in the mental health field. So, I wanted to provide representation for Black people seeking mental health services. I focus my therapeutic services on assisting the BIPOC community–with a specialty focus on women of color, Black women, Black men, and Black LGBTQ+ folks. 

 

As your therapist, I will show up as my authentic self and I encourage you to show up as your authentic self. This time together, that we carve out weekly, is your time to be supported in a secure space without judgment.  Furthermore, I challenge you to think of therapy as a spiral staircase and not a linear line. The progress is upward; but, sometimes you have to circle back to things with a higher emotional intelligence because you are at a higher emotional level on the staircase. In your sessions, we will explore your coping skills, your emotions, and your relationship patterns (social and familiar). In addition, I will support you in solving problems presented in your life, increasing/improving your communication skills, setting boundaries, and creating and maintaining more positive internal dialogue. 

 

When I am not at work, I love collecting and sampling perfumes, improving my skincare routine, working out with my friends, reading, watching Martin or Living Single, and making memories and creating experiences with my family and friends. 

 

Licenses:
New York, LMSW

Education: 

Howard University, BA

USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, MSW