Derek Russell, LPC, NCC
Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, and Neurotherapist
When I'm not at Mindstate, I enjoy spending time with my wife, family, and friends. Playing board games (Stratego and Taboo anyone?) and sharing a little trash talk is all we need for a good time. Sports have always been a favorite pastime but, generally, I am game for any outdoor activity!
Ok, now for the boring stuff...I received my BS in psychology with a concentration in Pre-Medicine from Virginia Commonwealth University and graduated with a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Regent University. I've completed my BCIA neurofeedback didactic training through New Mind Academy. I have been fortunate that throughout my academic and post-graduate career, I have been trained by some of the best in the region.
What is wellness and how do we achieve it? I believe it can be different for each person. Some may only focus on physical/medical and nutritional aspects, while others focus on physical, mental/emotional and nutritional aspects. Another person's wellness might be achieved when they can say that through training and hard work, they took their "game" to the next level. It isn't my job to tell you what wellness is for you. I don't have a magic pill that will get you there overnight. My hope is that together we can map out your goals and I can help you come up with a plan to reach them. There may be setbacks but the key is to stick with it! There is a wise quote regarding patience and perseverance that says:
“Perseverance is a great element of success. If you knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody.”
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow