Russell MacKay

(LCMHC, NCC, SSW)

About Me

Hi, I'm Russ and I am a licensed clinical mental health counselor and an EMDR practitioner. Some of my specialties include: strengthening relationships, assisting clients through difficult life transitions, supporting adolescents and working with those suffering from anxiety, parenting issues and PTSD. Some of my valuable experience includes working as a clinician with teen girls and boys in a residential setting focusing on trauma related disorders, attachment, self mutilation/cutting, sexual identity and the LGBTQ community. I have over 19 years of experience in the field. I acquired my BS in psychology from BYU and my MA in Counseling Psychology from National University of Phoenix. I am currently pursuing a Doctorate in counselor education and supervision.

My counseling style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach combines Solution Focused, Person Centered and CBT counseling with Mindfulness techniques. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to seek a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. If you are ready to take that step I am here to support and empower you.


I look forward to working with you!


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Family conflicts
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Addictions , LGBT , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Coping with life changes , Coaching , Compassion fatigue , ADHD
Years of Experience: 3

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCMHC #5935490-6004 (Expires: 2022-09-30)


Reviews

Written by A.N. on Oct 27, 2020 after counseling with Russell for 5 months

Russell McKay has been an excellent therapist for our son! The therapy sessions that her son has had with Russell have given our son tools to use in challenging situations. Russell continued communicate with us through the app, about our sons progress and psychological needs. Russell’s calm demeanor set our son at ease and allowed our son to feel comfortable sharing his feelings so that he could Truly benefit from the therapy sessions.

Written by B.L. on Oct 12, 2020 after counseling with Russell for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching

Russell has been fantastic to work with. Because of COVID, a terminally ill brother, and some marriage issues, my life felt like I was drowning. Russell was calm and very responsive. He had great advice and gave me some tools to help me through my tough times. He's always giving me amazing advice in a very complicated situation. I highly recommend him.

Written by M.I. on Oct 09, 2020 after counseling with Russell for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, and adhd

Russell is amazing. I feel heard and supported and he also asks just the right questions. I've already had so many great realizations. I feel like my growth and progress has accelerated in the short time we've worked together and I look forward to working with him for a while.

Written by C.O. on Oct 07, 2020 after counseling with Russell for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Russell has been helping me through an extremely difficult time in my life. I was hesitant of the online messaging system but Russell has taken it upon himself to even check in on me if he hasn't heard from me in a while.

Written by J.A. on Sep 30, 2020 after counseling with Russell for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd

Russell is an awesome therapist. He really helped me through some hard times and was able to give me the confidence I needed to keep going. He is very kind and always available. I would 100% recommend him to anyone who needs a really quality therapist.

Written by M.E. on Sep 12, 2020 after counseling with Russell for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Russell has been positive, engaging and helpful from the start. He completely and thoroughly addresses my concerns and does not limit my, oftentimes, lengthy explanation of my history while we build this initial relationship. He has identified key issues he feels will be most beneficial to start working on. In addition he has suggested supplemental helps by way of meditations and additional reading. He seems very knowledgeable in a vast arena of mental health issues.

Russ has helped me more, in two weeks time through this virtual program, than I was in months with my previous therapy. I would recommend him to anyone that is looking for therapy and feel that his attention to detail and needs far outweigh the cost of this affordable therapy.

Written by B.R. on Aug 30, 2020 after counseling with Russell for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

I've only been communicating with Russell for about 2 weeks but I feel like he is more understanding and helpful to me than previous counselors I have met with. He seems extremely knowledgeable in the issues I am having and knows how to help me.

Written by A.M. on Aug 21, 2020 after counseling with Russell for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, and adhd

I have only worked with him for a couple of weeks. but in those couple of weeks I have noticed that the questions he asks me I actually have to think about the answers period and it is digging deep into what could be wrong with me. I feel as though he will be very helpful in my road to recovery.

Written by A.R. on Aug 13, 2020 after counseling with Russell for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Russell is an amazing counselor with great experience he really listens

Written by A.N. on Aug 11, 2020 after counseling with Russell for 5 months on issues concerning relationship

My wife and I have been meeting weekly with Russell for several months and he's been fantastic to work with. He is easy to talk with and has helped us work through several challenges. He has also shared additional resources (books, websites) that have been helpful for our family.

Written by C.O. on Aug 10, 2020 after counseling with Russell for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, compassion fatigue, and adhd

He is great at matching a mood, and does well at leading the conversation

Written by E.R. on Jul 29, 2020 after counseling with Russell for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety

Caring, understanding, patient, and always checks in to see how you are doing. Honestly, his advice and his caring attitude has helped me a lot(:

Written by T.A. on Jul 29, 2020 after counseling with Russell for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, and adhd

He's been fantastic! I have a hard time remembering to respond but he still checks in frequently and seems to genuinely care for my well being

Written by M.C. on Jul 19, 2020 after counseling with Russell for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and self esteem

I’ve only spent a couple of months with Russ, but I’ve made so much progress mentally and I feel much better equipped to go through life. He’s always professional, personable, and he has a good sense of humor. He was a perfect match for me.

Written by M.O. on Jun 07, 2020 after counseling with Russell for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Had a couple sessions with Russel and been chatting via text. He is very attentive and helpful. I feel comfortable opening up and talking with Russel and looking forward to see how it goes on moving forward.

Written by H.E. on Jun 06, 2020 after counseling with Russell for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, and bipolar disorder

The rapid response by Russell and the follow up was excellent. The various ways to connect and seek counseling with this app are quite helpful. I would continue with this therapist. Having Covid about in the community makes this process helpful. I have always thought having a therapist available to someone where that person resides, rather than going into an office feels more in tune with my need. But everyone is different. Thank you for your help.

Written by J.A. on Jun 04, 2020 after counseling with Russell for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Russell listens to both parties abnd treats each individual with the most upmost respect. He guides and gives us things to work on weekly. I highly recommend him and this amazing app teen counseling! Five star in my books!

Written by R.A. on May 20, 2020 after counseling with Russell for 2 months

Russell MacKay has been awesome to work with.

Written by M.A. on Apr 24, 2020 after counseling with Russell for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Very respectful, knowledgeable, friendly, and dependable! Great counselor.

Written by S.P. on Apr 06, 2020 after counseling with Russell for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and coaching

Russell MacKay has helped me through one of the most trying times of my life. He is patient and understanding and helps me to view things in a manner I hadn’t thought of before. He responds back very timely and I have never felt any bias or judgement from him in our discussions. I feel confident that I will be able to take valuable skills from our discussions to improve myself and my relationship.

Written by C.H. on Mar 20, 2020 after counseling with Russell for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, anger management, coaching, and compassion fatigue

Russell MacKay honestly has helped me realize a lot of things I would of never been able to figure out on my own and sense I’ve been talking to him on teen counseling I’ve felt my anxiety slowly get less and less and I love it

Written by S.T. on Feb 26, 2020 after counseling with Russell for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

My wife and I have only attended 2 session with Russell but were immediately impressed with his ability to listen and discern the situation. He's great at providing us both an equal platform to express our feelings and responds with compassion and understanding. He seems to have a large breadth of experience and resources to draw from. We have really appreciated the opportunity to work with Russell.

Written by A.N. on Feb 23, 2020 after counseling with Russell for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, and relationship issues

Russell is very good on responding on a timely manner, he makes me feel he understands me and has my best interest, but mostly that he is trying to help me and paying attention to me. He has made me discover things I hadn’t paid attention about myself and really went into a deeper therapy than any other counselor has which makes me think he knows very well what he is doing. I highly recommend him.