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Russo, PhD Psychotherapy
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    Sally S.
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    Dr. Russo helped me get to the heart of my issues quickly and supportively. I've dealt with depression off and on over many years and she's been my choice every time for support and counsel, guidance and wisdom. Often, Dr. Russo would recommend titles of useful books and/or authors that I've since added to my library. They've proven time and again to be great resources helping me deal with the process of healing and wellness. I'm eternally grateful for working with Dr. Russo and will forever value the skills she helped me develop.


    I offer dynamic and transformational counseling for individuals, couples, and families. I use mindfulness-based, somatic, hypnotherapy, transpersonal, and cognitive-behavioral approaches to deal with unwanted patterns or life issues. I come from the perspective that though pain is often inevitable, suffering is not. I have over 25 years of private practice in the Santa Cruz area.


    I have 25 years' experience in depth psychotherapy, treating adult children of alcoholics, sexual abuse, addiction recovery, and mid-life issues. I also specialize in interactional process group therapy. Creating a safe environment by listening with a non-judgmental attitude allows trust, exploration and discovery of new solutions. Using dreams, identifying and expressing feelings and thought patterns can open up links to creativity, authenticity, passion and purpose.


    I provide psychotherapy services for children, teens, adults, and families. I work in a supportive, collaborative style, with clients helping them to learn new strategies for dealing with life challenges, and discover a more joyful life.


    I use an eclectic approach with unconditional positive regarded as the base. I believe that clients have the wisdom to solve their own problems, and I can assist them in their process by holding space with awareness. To that end, I might employ interventions from process therapy, gestalt, structural, strategic, and mindfulness, to solution focus, dream interpretation, active imagination, visualization, expressive arts and positive therapy models. I have completed a MA in counseling psychology at JFKU from the department of holistic studies. I find the holistic approach makes complete sense as it combines the transpersonal with somatic wisdom.


    I provide psychotherapy to adults, children, adolescents and couples. Life experiences and events can be very meaningful. Psychotherapy can be a great opportunity to evaluate which aspects of one's life are out of alignment with one's core self. Through the process of psychotherapy, one can determine which elements of one's life are no longer serving the individual and allow in new ones which are supporting one's evolution. "The Whole Point Of Being Alive Is To Evolve Into The Complete Person You Are Intended To Be." ~ Anonymous


    We offer spiritually-based trauma therapy (EMDR), thought field therapy, PSYCH-K, and mounted trauma psychotherapy (EMDR on horseback). We are treating the issues of trauma, addictions, and anxieties at the source instead of treating the symptoms.


    I am a therapist, in a private practice, who's located in San Jose, California. I am treating anxiety, depression, addiction, and eating disorders. These include description of services offered, biography, and links to mental health resources.



    Bring more joy, connection, peace, and purpose into your life. I provide engaged psychotherapy to adults, couples, teens, kids, and families. I give you the support and tools to overcome life's challenges. I have had a great deal of success working on individuals struggling with a variety of issues, including depression, anxiety, gender/sexuality issues, grief and loss, relationship/communication issues, and addictions. My primary therapy tools include expressive arts, internal family systems, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioral techniques. I service the Santa Cruz area.


    I use 2 trauma-informed approaches that addresses both nervous system dysregulation cause by early developmental trauma as well as event or shock trauma. I have trained with Peter Levine and incorporate his Somatic Experiencing model. I am also trained in the Neuro-Affective Relational Model (NARM) which explores our early attachment relationships and how they impact current relationships, including to oneself. My work is non-pathologizing, and I see each person as whole, despite the challenges that he/she is currently facing.


    I provide therapy from a powerful, process oriented, Relational Gestalt Therapy approach, and believe that the challenging work of real therapy and growth requires a sense of safety, compassion, and being truly understood. I do my best to provide those for my clients.


    Dr. Randi Fredricks, Ph.D. psychotherapist at San Jose Counseling and Psychotherapy in San Jose, California specializing in therapy for mental health. Dr. Randi Fredricks, Ph.D. is a bestselling author, psychotherapist and marriage counselor at San Jose Counseling and Psychotherapy in San Jose, California. She specializes in treating anxiety, depression, addiction, eating disorders and relationships with psychotherapy and natural therapies.

    Q & A

    Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

    What is a psychologist?

    A psychologist is a professionally trained mental health professional who helps patients navigate challenging life situations or mental health issues. To become a psychologist you must earn a doctoral degree; qualifying degrees include a Ph.D., Psy.D. or Ed.D. To actively practice, a psychologist must be licensed in their state and maintain good standing. Psychologists are trained to administer tests that can evaluate a patient’s cognitive strength and weaknesses, intellectual skills, vocational aptitude and preference, personality characteristics, and neuropsychological functioning, explains the American Psychological Association (APA).

    A psychologist meets with patients in an office and may work with a variety of methods, depending on patient need, such as cognitive, behavioral or interpersonal.  According to the APA, common reasons a person may visit a psychologist include:

    • Dealing with depression, anger or anxiety over a long period of time.
    • Help with a chronic condition that is interfering with their lives or physical health.
    • Help with grieving and other abrupt transitions.
    • Overcoming addictions.
    • Managing chronic illness.
    • Breaking old and harmful patterns of thinking or behavior.

    What are the types of psychologists?

    Psychologists are healthcare professionals who use scientific methods to understand the relationships between the brain, environment and behavior. Psychologists may focus on research — studying how the brain and various environments drive behaviors to better understand the issues that trouble patients and society as a whole — or they may focus on practice — interacting with people using therapeutic methods. The American Psychological Association shares some of the more prevalent types of psychologists:

    • Clinical psychologists assess and treat mental, emotional and behavioral disorders.
    • Cognitive and perceptual psychologists study human perception, thinking and memory.
    • Community psychologists work to strengthen the abilities of communities, settings, organizations and broader social systems to meet people’s needs — such as improving support for victims of natural disasters, or working to improve health policies.
    • Counseling psychologists help people understand and take action on everyday issues, career and work problems, and serious adversity.
    • Developmental psychologists study the psychological development of the human being throughout life.
    • Educational psychologists concentrate on how effective teaching and learning take place.
    • Engineering psychologists conduct research on how people work best with machines.
    • Environmental psychologists study the dynamics of how people interact with their environments.
    • Evolutionary psychologists study how evolutionary principles such as mutation, adaptation and selective fitness influence human thought, feeling and behavior.
    • Experimental psychologists study cognitive processes, comparative psychology (cross-species comparisons), and learning and conditioning.
    • Forensic psychologists apply psychological principles to legal issues.
    • Health psychologists specialize in how biological, psychological and social factors affect health and illness.
    • Industrial/organizational psychologists apply psychological principles and research methods to the workplace to improve productivity, health and the quality of work life.
    • Neuropsychologists and behavioral neuropsychologists explore the relationships between brain systems and behavior.
    • Quantitative and measurement psychologists focus on methods and techniques for designing experiments and analyzing psychological data.
    • Rehabilitation psychologists work with stroke and accident victims, people with mental disabilities, and those with developmental disabilities caused by such conditions as cerebral palsy, epilepsy and autism.
    • School psychologists assess and counsel students, consult with parents and school staff, and conduct behavioral interventions when appropriate.
    • Social psychologists study how a person’s mental life and behavior are shaped by interactions with other people.
    • Sport psychologists help athletes refine their focus on competition goals, become more motivated, and learn to deal with anxiety and fear of failure around competition.

    How much do therapists cost?

    If you are experiencing a challenging time, have mental health difficulties, or just want professional guidance as you move through life, a therapist can provide relief, tools and structure. The national average cost for a therapist is $80-$100 per hour, although prices may be higher or lower depending on geographic location and the experience and training of the therapist.

    Psychiatrists, psychologists and licensed therapists are all health professionals who offer various modalities of therapy. Ask questions about the type of therapy they specialize in (such as cognitive or behavioral, etc.) and their area of expertise (such as grief, anxiety, body image disorders, etc.) to help you find the right fit for your needs. Therapy sessions are typically 50-60 minutes long.  The patient usually meets with the therapist in their office; sessions may also be held remotely (via Skype, etc.) or in a clinical setting. Psychologists, psychiatrists and other therapists who have earned advanced degrees will typically charge higher rates than other licensed therapists. Depending on your diagnosis, your health insurance may cover your therapy costs.

    Can a clinical psychologist write prescriptions?

    To be able to write a prescription, a clinical psychologist must practice in a state that permits them to do so, and must either have a master’s degree in psychopharmacology or have completed the required advanced training program. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), five states currently permit psychologists to write prescriptions: Idaho, New Mexico, Illinois, Iowa and Louisiana. Many psychologists who are not able to write prescriptions work in partnership with psychiatrists, pediatricians or primary care doctors to help their patients who need medication.

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