Licensed Mental Health Counselor | MS, LMHC
I have managed a small, private practice for the past 20 years in Ottumwa, Iowa. I am licensed as a mental health counselor by the Iowa Dept. of Public Health. I have followed God’s leading for many years, desiring to do private, Christian-based counseling with the use of biblical perspectives and Christ’s example, applied to everyday life challenges. I primarily counsel individuals who present with social, emotional, mental and spiritual needs, as well as those dealing with relationship challenges and distress. I have a Master’s Degree in counseling psychology and 60 additional semester hours of study in my professional work. I hold a Reality Therapy Certification from the William Glasser Institute in California, and these therapy tools have been fundamental to my structural approach in dealing with human behavior. I am a long-standing member of the American Association of Christian Counseling, having attended numerous seminars and/or world conferences to date for counseling skills and interventions.
I have a 25 year work history of full-time employment as a school psychologist and an additional 7 years part-time employment, as a therapist and counselor supervisor for a large human services organization in SE Iowa. My total years of background experience in supporting, serving, and counseling spans all ages. My current work, however, is limited to those 18 years of age or older. I work flexible, part-time hours with a small caseload. I am a provider for various insurance companies and also accept private pay.
Originally from Washington State, I have resided and worked in Iowa for my entire professional career. My husband of 48 years, a retiree from John Deere Co., and I have one married daughter. She and her husband live and work in Lafayette, Indiana. Our family life has consisted of many outdoor traveling adventures, sports, as well as years of active church and community volunteer involvement. My husband and I served nearly 12 years as volunteers with Samaritan’s Purse, Operation Christmas Child project, which included being Central SE Iowa Drop-Off Coordinators.
I conduct sessions with the English language only. Please feel free to contact me if you’d like any further information. Thank you.
Marilynn L.Russ, MS LMHC