About Dr. Patty
DR. PATTY RUSSO
9887 4th St N #319
St. Petersburg, FL 33702
In Person & Telehealth Appointments
With everything going on in today’s world it’s easy for families to lose their way. Managing daily responsibilities, keeping up with technology, and trying to lead a healthy lifestyle is a tough balancing act, and you’re not alone. I can offer help by providing guidance for children, teens, and families who are looking for support with life’s challenges and making positive changes.
I have a passion for working with elementary through high school and early college ages where the terrain is rocky and may feel like a roller coaster. This generation falls in an exciting and challenging period where cell phones, tablets, and all sorts of information (sometimes too much information) is just one click away. Parents often worry that their family has become more disconnected, low self-esteem in teens can emerge with social media comparisons, risky decision making with peers may increase, and kids may prefer being on their tablet instead of going outside with friends.
In therapy I will help your child learn healthier ways to deal with stress instead of lashing out on others or withdrawing. I also work with parents to provide support and tools to better connect with their kids and spend more time enjoying each other’s company instead of arguing. We will work together to create a plan to help your child become more successful at home, school, and with their peers.
I take on a family and interpersonal approach to therapy, which means we will not only work to make positive changes as an individual, but also make changes with how you communicate and interact with the people around you. I balance being straight-forward and direct with being warm and supportive, and have an appreciation for humor and sarcasm. More importantly, I work to create a safe and nonjudgmental environment to make it easier to open up, push out of your comfort zone, and take steps towards personal growth and wellness.
I have specialized experience working in a residential treatment program for youth ages 11-16, alternative education program, college counseling, and outpatient family, individual, and group therapy. Moreover, I have conducted comprehensive evaluations to assess for learning disabilities, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder (ASD), anxiety, mood disorders, and more. When I am not at the office you can find me enjoying family game night, playing basketball, or attempting new Pinterest recipes. If you feel like I may be a good fit for your child, teen, or family or if you have questions please feel free to give me a call or fill out the contact form below and we can schedule a free consultation to talk more!
Dr. Samantha Brustad
Dr. Samantha is a trusted colleague and friend. We trained together during our doctoral internship, where we learned about our shared passion for helping children, teens, and families. Currently, we work together as officemates and often collaborate to provide support in both individual and family therapy modalities.
Dr. Jennifer McGinness
Dr. Jennifer McGinness is a postdoctoral resident who has specialized experience working with adolescents and young adults find healthy ways to cope with concerns such as loneliness, low motivation, sadness, frustration, irritability, anxiousness, suicidal thoughts, and self-harm.
Dr. Ashley Jacobson
Ashley Jacobson is a postdoctoral resident who specializes in helping children, adolescents, and families who are experiencing challenges that are impacting school, relationships, communication, or other aspects of life. She strives to offer a supportive environment to work through those hard feelings while also instilling hope and learning skills to make healthy changes.
Dr. Jennifer LaTreill
Dr. Jennifer specializes in helping children and teens manage emotional and behavioral concerns and strives to help them learn communication skills, build empathy, and enhance social relationships. She has specialized training in evaluations including Autism, attention and learning challenges.
Dr. Ashley Salter
Dr. Ashley specializes in helping children, families, adolescents and young adults struggling with anxiety, depression, behavioral issues at school, posttraumatic stress as well as chronic and persistent mental illness. She places emphasis on teaching parents strategies to better understand and connect with their child.