Holly Russo, Doctoral Intern

Holly Russo, MA

Doctoral Intern

Supervised by: Mark Provence, PhD

Hi there, and welcome to my page! 

Whether this is your first time or you’ve been through this process before, finding a new therapist can sometimes feel overwhelming. Taking this first step is something to be proud of, and I hope to make it a bit easier by sharing a little about myself and the work I do. Read on to learn more!

Who I love to work with (to name a few): 

  • Couples 
  • Young Adults 
  • Artists 
  • Musicians 
  •  LGBTQIA identified folks 
  • Poly and kink folks
  • Mental Health Professionals 
  • Austinites 
  • Outdoorsy people 
  • And maybe you!

Some of the concerns I can help with are:

  •  Difficulties with communication, intimacy, or trust 
  • Navigating relationship structure- monogamy, ethical non-monogamy/polyamory, open relationships, & more 
  • Relationship and attachment issues 
  • Effects of Trauma and PTSD 
  • Depression 
  • Anxiety 
  • Panic attacks 
  • Identity exploration 
  • Life transitions/difficulties with adjustment 
  • Emotional impact of fertility or infertility issues 
  • Navigating an IVF or surrogacy journey 
  • Pregnancy & new parenthood 
  • and more!

Therapy techniques & theories I draw from:

  • Emotion-Focused Therapy for Couples and Individuals 
  • Interpersonal Therapy 
  • Internal Family Systems/Parts Work 
  • Psychodynamic Theory 
  • Mindfulness Techniques 
  • Creative Arts Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing

My Outlook on Therapy

As someone who has been in therapy for over a decade myself, I understand the importance of finding a therapist who is in alignment with your hopes and goals. That is why in my work I prioritize creating a safe emotional environment where you can explore what you really want, not just out of therapy, but out of life, and what may be holding you back from achieving this. I am a relationally-oriented therapist, which means I believe that there is certain personal growth that can only take place in the context of healthy relationships. With this in mind, I value establishing a therapeutic alliance with you that is based on non-judgment, open communication, and gentle honesty. My style of working is also integrative, meaning that I will draw from varied techniques and theories to create an organic and individualized course of therapy for you. 

I won’t sugarcoat this – getting started with therapy can be really hard, and things often feel worse before they feel better. But in our work together you won’t be going on this worthwhile journey alone. I am dedicated to accompanying you through the difficult emotions as you unpack the layers of your story and build a present and future that is honest and fulfilling for you.

About Me

I am a therapist and clinical psychology doctoral intern at Deep Eddy, which means that I am completing my final year of supervised clinical work before receiving my Doctorate of Psychology. Along with my passion for my work as a therapist, I am also dedicated to my own creative expression and mindfulness practice. For me, playing guitar, singing, 

and songwriting are some of the ways that I process my experiences and emotions. My yoga and meditation practices are other important avenues of self-care and self-exploration for me, which I have been invested in for over ten years. As a born and raised New Yorker and recent Austin transplant, you can also find me exploring Austin’s arts and music scene and adventuring outdoors in our new city with my partner. 

Thank you for taking the time to get to know me and my work a little better. I sincerely hope we have the opportunity to meet, but whatever your next step may be I wish you the very best on your journey.