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GAY RUSSELL, LCSW

Gay Russell has decades of experience working with schools and behavior challenges, parents and students. Her goal is to help you and your child maintain or reclaim a relationship of respect, appreciation, and enjoyment. She is a certified PLAY ATTENTION provider. Check out her student’s success story under the families icon at www.playattention.com.

Gay specializes in family counseling, ADD, ADHD and emotional disorders for patients in Chicago, Illinois and the surrounding areas. With over 30 years experience in social work, Gay Russell has helped individuals of all ages with a wide range of disorders.

Certified and insured, Gay has over 10 years experience in private practice, providing counseling for individuals with emotional behaviors such as eating disorders, alcohol abuse, autism, and more. She also has experience as a juvenile parole officer and counselor. She is committed to helping people empower themselves so that they can live a productive, full lifestyle.
 
Gay started her work with children and families as a Youth Counselor for the State of Ohio. She soon began to notice the correlation between behavior and what we fueled our bodies with such as alcohol, drugs, and food. After obtaining her Certification in Drug and Alcohol Counseling she spent 10 years in that field before further pursuing her interest in the impact of nutrition on our feelings, behavior, and success in school, work and play.

After relocating to Illinois, she received her Masters in Social Work from Jane Addams School of Social Work with School Social Work Certification. As a Special Education Social Worker in District 204 (Naperville/Aurora) her concentration was working with families, staff, and students challenged with Autism, Special Needs, ADHD, Emotional and Behavioral needs.

 

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