Dr Sam Russ is a highly trained and skilled clinician with over 15 years of experience in the therapy field. This has included within the NHS, voluntary and private sector. He has completed intensive trainings, as a Clinical Psychologist, Psychodynamic Psychotherapist and as a Humanistic-Integrative Counsellor. He is adept in working both short and long-term with anxiety, depression and stress, and also has considerable expertise with more complex mental health problems, including psychosis, personality disorder and trauma. Sam currently practices within forensic psychology services and supervises other professionals as a Clinical Psychologist within the NHS. He previously was a Co-Director of a large emotional support and suicide charity in London. He also delivers lectures to psychologists in training at University College London (UCL).
Sam has trained extensively in a range of therapies. Taking a modern and flexible approach, he integrates these to meet the unique needs of his clients. He recognises that a key predictor of successful therapy is the fit between the client and therapist. Sam’s diverse trainings as a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist and Counsellor have allowed him to develop skills in building strong therapeutic relationships, to help clients see links between their past and present and have a more in-depth understanding of themselves.
Moreover, as a Clinical Psychologist, he draws upon a range of modern, evidence-based therapies including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), which focus more heavily on strategies for positively changing the present and future. He believes that helping people clarify their goals, and taking action to reach these, can often be the most effective approach.
Sam is particularly passionate about and experienced in the use of online therapy, understanding the need to offer new ways of connecting with clients who have hectic work and home schedules.
More recently, Sam has specialised in the use of Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR) for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and is skilled at applying this to anxiety-based issues.
Sam is experienced in the treatment of: