Russ Shy, CSW-A

I’ve been immersed in the mental health field for over a decade, starting my journey in wilderness therapy back in 2013. It was there, amidst nature, that I discovered how the wilderness can facilitate healing, and I learned the importance of being fully present and holding space for those in need. This powerful experience inspired me to further my education, leading me to obtain a Master of Social Work from Delaware State University. My experience is diverse, encompassing work with adults and adolescents dealing with trauma, anxiety, depression, addiction, attachment issues, and grief.

In therapy, I believe the first step is attunement, aligning with where you are in your journey, and fostering a relationship through a relational approach. I’m a firm believer in the necessity of ongoing self-exploration for therapeutic progress. Utilizing a variety of therapeutic techniques such as Internal Family Systems, Somatic Experiencing, Brainspotting, HeartMath, Dialectical Behavioral Theory, and mindfulness approaches, I tailor my approach to each individual’s needs.

Outside of therapy, I’m deeply passionate about the outdoors and staying active. I spend my winters volunteering as a ski patrol and my summers exploring the Pacific Northwest’s vast landscapes. My love for adventure and the outdoors is a core part of who I am.