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Windy Russ

Primary Therapist

Windy is a graduate of Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana for her Bachelors in Social Work. She worked in Indianapolis in a Psychiatric Hospital in the Children’s Emergency Ward before heading off to the University of Washington State Seattle for Graduate School. She worked closely with the Casey Family Foundation and the State of Washington’s Department of Corrections to help further her study in Clinical Social Work and Community Services.

She moved to Alaska after graduation and began working closely with the rural populations, pushing her focus on trauma, crisis, disaster mental health, and those with autism and other neurological and TBI spectrum scale needs.

“I have come to realize that, working as a therapist, you need to meet people where they are, and help them improve and build off of what they are already doing well in order to help them succeed even further. Neuroscience has expanded our understanding of the human condition in so many ways that there is no longer a reason to expect anyone to have the same experience of the world as someone else, but instead, we can walk with each person in their own way and let them meet goals that are their own.”

Windy has two boxers named Spencer and Ruth, and a cat named Kevin. She likes off-roading and exploring new places in her spare time, as well as spending time with friends and learning to cook new foods. Windy is very excited to work with this amazing team and work with the students of New Focus Academy.