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Amy L. Russ, M.S., LAPC, NCC is a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor (LAPC) in the State of Georgia and a National Certified Counselor (NCC) who's goal and focus in therapy is to provide a non-judgmental and compassionate space for clients and assist them in finding solutions tailored to their individual needs. Amy earned her Master’s of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling from Georgia State University.

Prior to working at Thrive Counseling Center, Amy worked as clinical intern at a private practice in Kennesaw where she worked with all ages and addressed a variety of issues including: anxiety, depression, self-harm, adoption, LGBTQ issues, self-esteem, divorce, mood-disorders, couples counseling, ADHD, grief and loss, difficulties at school, and anger issues. Amy believes that the family is critical piece to wellness and tries to incorporate the family system into her treatment. She also believes that each child is capable and through encouragement and collaboration, they are better equipped to tackle future struggles and lead more productive, happy lives.

Amy works with all ages, but specializes in children and adolescents. She is currently pursuing her Registered Play Therapist certification, and has extensive background training and experience in Play Therapy. She maintains a professional presence through her memberships with the American Counseling Association, Licensed Professional Counselor Association of Georgia, The Association of Play Therapy, the Association of Creativity in Counseling, the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development, and the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors.

Ms. Russ works under the Direction of Olivia Prewett-Scott & the Clinical Supervision of E. Amanda Dellinger-Allen, LPC, CPCS, RPT/S, while at Thrive.

Credentials & Certifications...
  • Licensed Associate Professional Counselor (LAPC)
  • National Certified Counselor (NCC)
  • Master's of Science in Mental Health Counseling
  • Registered Play Therapist (Actively Pursuing)
  • Certified Angel Bear Yoga Instructor

Professional Affiliations...
  • American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • Association for Creativity in Counseling (ACC) Division
  • Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD) Division
  • International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors (IAMFC) Division
  • Association of Play Therapy (APT)
  • Georgia Association of Play Therapy (GAPT)
  • Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia (LPCA/LPCGA)

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