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Dawn James-Russell

Practicum Student

Supervised By
Dr. Garrett L. Woods, Licensed Psychologist
  • Master of Science
  • Practicum Student
Practice Locations
  • Central Office
Life Stages
  • Children, 5-12 years
  • Adolescents, 13-17 years
  • College, Young Adults
  • Adults
  • Couples
  • Families
Areas of Focus
  • Coping with divorce, blended families
  • Marriage, couples
  • Parenting
  • Pre-engagement, pre-married
  • Relationship issues
  • Women's issues, young women
  • Master of Science in Human Relations & Business, Amberton University
  • Bachelor of Science, Secondary English Education, Paul Quinn College


Healing a broken heart begins at the core, but can affect many people as emotions expand. As individuals and families are faced with dramatic changes such as separations, divorces, etc., this can cause negative effects, lasting years after documents are finalized, in a phase called "Transitional Trauma". Adults feel the rupture of this "direct impact", while children are left with the residual "shock waves". Good parents attempt to manage their bruised egos and attitudes while balancing effective co-parenting, willfully focused on moving forward. The goal of "Transitional Therapy" is to leave harmful relationships behind while attending therapeutic sessions (pre-mid-post-divorce, individual, couples, and group) and master effective coping skills. Trained techniques in communicating, collaborating, and cultivating protected, positive spaces for yourself and others will generate social, emotional & behavioral wellness. Let's focus on this holistic process, overcoming this season, denying generational scars, and creating a pathway of HEALING towards HAPPINESS. I'll be here during your transition, every session, tailoring the plan with “LOVE & THERAPY”.

Dawn's completing her second master's degree, to become a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, focusing on foundational family structures, bridging mental health and emotional wealth for transitioning individuals, couples, and minors who may be caught in the middle of divorces and/or custody battles.

She's a proud graduate from the only HBCU in Dallas with a Bachelor’s in Secondary English Education and also holds a Master’s degree in Human Relations and Business, working in Human Resources for over two decades, before transitioning careers and joining The Center.

Her greatest joys are being a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for children in the Dallas County Courts and serving on several nonprofit boards. She spends her weekends' college road trippin' with her daughter, brunching after church with her husband, and at dog parks with "son"imals, Kobe Bryant & Rhomeo.

Additional areas of focus:
Children with disruptive and oppositional behavior
Coping with divorce, blended families
Faith and spirituality
Family therapy
Grief and loss
Group therapy
Guilt and shame
Infertility, miscarriage
Life changes/transitions
Marriage, couples
Pre-engagement, pre-married
Relationship issues
School-related issues
Sexual abuse, childhood sexual abuse
Social skills
Substance abuse/addiction
Women's issues, young women

In addition to our Central Office, Dawn sees clients at community partner locations as part of our PACT program. For more information about our PACT Program and community partners, please click HERE.


  • DWI Education, DWI-Intervention, Drug Offender Education Program (through the Texas Dept of Licensing & Regulations)
  • Certified Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children (through the Dallas County Family Courts System)