Russ Patten MA – CMHC
Emphasis: Couples, Grief and Loss, Life Transitions, Trauma and Abuse, Depression, Anxiety, Stress Management, Mindfulness, DBT Family Skills, Men’s Work, Children and Youth 12+, Death and Dying, Elder Support, LGBT Affirming Therapy, EMDR Trained
Bio: Russ is a Clinical Mental Health Counselor who has earned a Master’s of Arts in Counseling from a CACREP accredited program at Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado in 2007. Russ had been working in the counseling and therapy field as a Master’s Level clinician since 2007. Prior to entering graduate school, Russ worked for over 17 years in the human service field after receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Human Services from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.
Russ’ strength as a therapist lies in approaching the counseling process from a client-centered standpoint in which the unique world view and perspective of each client is validated and respected. Russ believes that change, healing and transformation occur when individuals are supported to invoke their own life purpose and ground that vision in their daily life.
Russ has worked in both residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment programs, including the jail setting. He has experience working with the therapeutic community model within these treatment venues, as well as serving clients with co-occurring mental health needs. Russ has worked as a psychotherapist in private practice in Colorado prior to moving to Utah. Russ has significant experience working with hospice patients and families, both in end of life and grief support.
In addition to his work as a therapist and counselor, Russ has experience in advocacy for elders and individuals living in long-term care settings, working with at-risk youth, community development for at-risk youth, residential care for SPMI population, community access for people with developmental disabilities, independent living assistance for people with developmental disabilities, and inclusive classroom assistance for autistic students.
In addition to his work, Russ has a great love of music. Russ enjoys spending time with his lovely wife, family contact, gardening, hiking, exercise, travel, and his two very spoiled wiener dogs.