The Internet Group Therapy Team

Marlene Russell, BA (Psych.) , MEd (Counselling Psych.)

Group Supervisor and Principal Therapist


Marlene Russell’s professional experience includes extensive work at the Dellcrest Resource Centre (now part of Hincks-Dellcrest), including training and program development for group therapy treatment programs across Canada. For over twenty years Marlene has worked closely with internationally-renowned psychiatrist Dr. Harvey Armstrong in developing "Parents For Youth", a program helping parents cope with challenging adolescents.  Marlene was the lead therapist and educator in these group programs and developed a training manual for parents.

Marlene’s general consultancy includes group and individual therapy for youth, adults, couples and families. In addition to parental and family mediation, cases include extremely complex issues involving individuals and families coping with post-traumatic stress disorder, complex co-morbid disorders, eating disorders, substance abuse and process addictions and associated risk behavior disorders, severe cognitive issues, severe depression, severe anxiety, and borderline personality disorder.

Marlene is an associate member of the Ontario Psychiatric Association, a clinical member of the Ontario Society of Psychotherapists, and is a clinical member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counselors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists. Randy Gangbar, MD, FRCP(C) and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto supervises her consultancy. 

http://www.marlenerussell.com

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Nicole Mitchell, CCC, BA (Psych.), MEd (Counselling Psych.)
Group Co-Leader


Nicole brings ten years of mental health experience, social service agency work with troubled youth, behavioral-remedial coaching for youth, young adults, and seniors struggling with various mental health disorders and cognitive deficits. And, more recently, practicing individual counselling with clients having a variety of disorders including general anxiety, social anxiety and depression. Believing in the capacity of all individuals to thrive in supportive environments Nicole employs her client-centered approach with youth, adults and senior-age clients alike, helping them to overcome challenges that inhibit their personal fulfillment.
  Nicole is a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) and is also currently taking the necessary steps towards registering with the new College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO).

http://www.nicolemitchell.webs.com

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Jessica Zormann, R.Kin., MEd Candidate (Counselling Psych.)

Group Assistant and Counselling Psychology Intern

A registered kinesiologist, Jessica is now completing her Master of Education in Counselling Psychology, fulfilling her degree-related practicum requirements through internship with our consultancy. Jessica brings insights from her studies in human physiology and therapeutic experience as a kinesiologist to our client-centered practice. With her focus on mind-body balance, Jessica maintains a special interest in the interaction between psysiology and psychology in stress-related disorders and behavioural dysfunction and the potential for more enduring life change through an integrative therapeutic approach.

 http://www.jessicazormann.com

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Dr. Kimberly Young, B.S. (Business Administration), M.A. (Clinical Psychology), Psy.D (Behavioral Medicine & Neuropsychology)

Consulting Addiction Specialist

Dr. Kimberly Young is an expert in internet-addiction behavior. She is the founder of the US-based "Center for Internet Addiction” and its website “Netaddiction.com,” widely regarded by mental health professionals as an authoritative resource for helping individuals struggling with internet addiction. Dr. Young is a practicing clinical psychologist, researcher and educator.

Dr. Young was one of the earliest psychologists and researchers to identify net-addiction dysfunctions, and also established the first evidence-based “Digital-Detox” rehabilitation program in the US addressing this problem. Most recently, following Dr. Young’s twenty years of advocacy on the issue, the American Psychiatric Association has included Internet Gaming Disorder into the Association’s “ Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, 2013 (DSM), Section III - Emerging Diagnoses”.

Dr. Young provides The Internet Group counseling team with expert advisement and on therapeutic options. Her advisements include review of individual and group issues emerging from our therapy sessions, further enabling our therapists to identify unique client-specific solutions.

http://www.netaddiction.com/

Founded by: Marlene Russell & Associates

Founded as a single-practitioner private practice in 1986 and incorporated in 1991, Marlene Russell and Associates is a client-centered therapeutic consultancy that emphasizes a collaborative approach between therapist and client to identify and meet client needs.

Drawing on extensive and well-rounded experience, we employ a comprehensive range of treatment modalities based on the needs of each individual client. Our close working relationships with various treatment specialists in Canada and the U.S. also support this multi-modal approach.

We have found that internet-related addiction is an under-served social need and have created a specialized group therapy program for dysfunctional Internet usage behavior. Group therapy is among the most effective treatment modality for all addictions and is an effective way to improve social skills.

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