Francesca Lo Russo, MHC, MFA
Francesca Lo Russo holds an M.S.E.d in Mental Health Counseling from Hunter College. Her style is warm, collaborative and supportive and she employs empathy and careful listening to feel out the specific needs of each patient. Francesca uses a psychodynamic approach, which helps patients develop an awareness of how the past affects present emotions, behaviors and thought patterns. She believes that people are capable of change and greater fulfillment when they understand these patterns. Francesca is dedicated to helping adults learn to work through unintegrated feelings and internalized stories so that they may cultivate kindness and curiosity toward themselves.
Francesca creates a non-judgmental space where both sensitivity and a sense of humor can create room for trust and depth. Her areas of specialty include: depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, low self esteem, substance use, creativity, LGBTQIA+, relationship issues, and sexuality. She is Kink/BDSM/CNM/Poly-Affirming. Francesca is committed to paying close attention to how experiences of structural oppression impact mental health and works with individuals from all cultural backgrounds including BIPOC and those from marginalized communities.
Francesca trained at EPRA in midtown Manhattan as a substance use rehabilitation counselor and as a clinical intern at Greene Clinic. She has co-lead a Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) group and employs mindfulness, emotional regulation and distress tolerance skills training in individual sessions to those who seek it. She is currently doing post-graduate work in sex therapy.
Francesca received her Master's in Fine Arts at Yale University and her BA in Liberal Arts at the University of Texas, where she focused on art history and literature. She is a practicing artist.