Stephen Russell, LCSW

Stephen Russell LCSW

Accepted Insurance Plans:Capital Blue Cross, Geisinger, Highmark, out-of-area BC/BS Plans, Quest, UPMC, CHIP, Medical Assistance, out-of-network insurance, self-pay

Location: Carlisle

Client Ages: 8 to adult

Loves Working With:

  • Teens & adults
  • Families
  • Individuals impacted by domestic violence and other traumas
  • Members of the LGBTQ+ community
  • Those struggling with depression, self-harm, and low self-esteem
  • Anxiety

Credentials & Special Training: Stephen graduated from Shippensburg University with a Masters in Social Work in 2016. He is Licensed Clinical Social Worker and EMDR-certified therapist. Stephen has worked in a variety of intensive mental health treatment programs, including Family-Based Mental Health Services where he was trained in ecosytemic family therapy. Since training in attachment-based play therapy (Theraplay®) and becoming certified as a Foundational Theraplay® Practitioner, he has expanded his work to include younger clients.


  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Evidence-based trauma therapies, including TF-CBT and EMDR
  • Family therapy, informed by the Alternatives for Families model and ecosystemic family therapy
  • Attachment-based play therapy using Theraplay® interventions
  • Strengths-based and humanistic


Do you (or your teenager) feel like you are just surviving the day to day, but not living it? I support healing for individuals and families impacted by trauma, domestic violence, and mental health issues. Together, we’ll explore how your past experiences affect you today, and how your “life story” impacts your relationship with the world and other people. We’ll explore which long-standing behaviors, patterns, and coping are helpful and which have stopped being useful. Then you decide what to hold onto and what to let go.

My hope is that, through our work together, you will find your voice, regain a sense of control over your life, learn some new behaviors and skills, and have new experiences that lead you toward the change you want.

I offer a strengths-based, honest, and humanistic approach. Sometimes changes happens quickly and sometimes it is slow and uncomfortable. Whichever is the case for you, I will be here to encourage and support you, and I’ll provide a safe space for honest sharing and honest feedback where you are in control.


Favorite Saying: Nothing changes if nothing changes.

On a Personal Note: Relationships are the most important things to me – I value my family and small circle of friends and professional colleagues. I am proud co-owner of the World’s Three Best Cats. We love them!