Don Russell, Ed.D.

Don Russell

Don Russell has been practicing psychotherapy for 25 years in the Winnipeg area. He has helped literally hundreds of men and women recover from chronic anxiety, depression, addiction and trauma.

You deserve health and serenity of heart. That can be possible when we collaborate bringing your motivation and desire for a better life, and I bring top-notch strategies and skills developed from years of extra professional development.

Expertise and Experience

Don has years of experience treating adults wanting relief and healing from a wide variety of distresses. Don Russell specializes in treating and bringing healing for the emotional and psychological effects of trauma, such as violent crime, workplace injuries, and developmental injury in one’s early years. He also can bring relief and healing from sexual difficulties in men and women, and coaching couples to improve their satisfaction and enjoyment of their relationship. Don has a wealth of experience treating chronic anxiety, chronic stress, chronic pain and helping people recover from depression.

Check out this helpful article on depression. While depression is among the most common mental health issues, it is usually responsive to carefully targeted treatment.

If anxiety is a struggle for you, this article can help you understand anxiety and what helps. And trauma in its many forms is discussed here.

Don uses training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy ® as one of the methods to treat trauma.  You can read more about SP here. He is also a certified EMDR Therapist.  Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing or EMDR is a  powerful technique for treating trauma of all kinds , anxiety disorders and other distressing issues. You can read more about it  here. Don also has advanced training in Complex Trauma and Dissociative Disorders, treating recent and ongoing trauma, and Acute Stabilization procedures. Don has specific training in treating early (preverbal) trauma, certified in clinical counselling hypnotherapy, the Gottman Method of Couples Therapy, and Trauma Informed Relationships. Don has training in neurofeeback and biofeedback techniques. Don is also well versed in Ego States Therapy, Emotional Freedom Technique as well as applying advances in interpersonal neuroscience. Don is very excited about completing Level One training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and currently training in Advance Trauma and Dissociation in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. This is a body-oriented therapy that addresses trauma and developmental injuries. This cutting edge approach integrates the modern understanding that trauma is primarily a nervous system i.e. body issue.  Any of these approaches may be drawn from after discussion together and the best treatment for you will be identified together. The main goal is always to help clients harness psychological resources and tools to bring meaningful and lasting relief and healing.


Clients that work with Don find that he ‘gets’ them: he is compassionate, graceful and understanding. People say that Don is able to pull together confusing parts of a situation and make sense of it all. Don strikes a careful balance: on one hand listening and caring for the person without judging them; and at the same time moving towards a lasting, sustainable solution.

Click the button to make a convenient and easy online appointment with Don.
You can also call Don at 813 734 0729