Russell Stagg, MC, RCC

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  • Registered Clinical Counsellor
  • 622 First Ave., Ladysmith, British Columbia, V9G 1A8
  • Phone: 250-802-5328
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  • Session Fees: $90 for a 50-minute session (reduced rates for lower income). US$50 for online counselling.
  • russelltherapy.ca
  • This member is also available for online counseling.
  • Online-counseling methods: Phone, Webcam



In my former role as an interfaith chaplain, I supported people suffering pain or loss. My job was to be present and listen, and it is still my first job as a psychotherapist. I will do my utmost to experience your situation as if it were my own, then reflect it back to you. I want you to feel deeply heard.


 
Behind your painful thoughts and feelings are toxic messages (which you are probably unaware of), messages like "I'm such a failure," or "I'm unlovable," or "it's hopeless." We'll use the techniques of cognitive-behavioural therapy to challenge and overcome them.
 
 If you've been struggling with addiction, PTSD, or repeated bouts of depression, we'll use the techniques of mindfulness, a proven tool that can cut your chance of relapse in half.
 
 At every step, I'll do my utmost to make you feel safe and supported.
 
 I handle relationship problems, depression, anxiety, addictions, anger, grief, and many other concerns. My specialty is trauma, especially sexual trauma. My research on the subject has been published in major psychology journals, most recently an invited article in the prestigious journal Self & Society.  
 
 In working with couples, I use an emotionally-focused approach. I don't care who's "right" and who's "wrong." I care about the fact that you're both hurting. I can help you see that your own hurt causes you to lash out or retreat, that you love your partner even when you're arguing (or are silent), that acknowledging this hurt and this love gives you a new way to relate, and that seeing each other's hurt and love leads you from blaming to understanding to caring. This is especially true if there has been an affair.
 
 I've been dealing with people's problems for most of the past 12 years. After serving as Jewish chaplain at the University of Calgary, I became the interfaith Resident Chaplain for the Emergency, Intensive Care, and Burn Units at Calgary Foothills Hospital. Four and a half years ago, I received my master's degree in Counselling Psychology, and since then I have worked as a Registered Clinical Counsellor.
 
Although most of those I counsel come from the Nanaimo and Ladysmith area, I have also had people come from as far away as Vancouver. I have also counselled people online from work camps, fishing boats, and other remote locations.
 
Choosing a therapist is one of the most important decisions you will make.  Please phone or email me if you have questions.

 
 


Russell Stagg Reaches

Ladysmith BC