Commonly Asked Questions

1What is therapy?
Therapy is speaking with a trained mental health professional to help you process and change thoughts, behaviors, patterns, and actions that no longer serve you., Therapy also explores stresses, goals, past experiences and other areas that can promote a happier and healthier life. It can help you come to grips with problems in your life. It can also offer an emotional release while being understood and supported.
2How long does therapy last?
Therapy can be both short term and long term depending on your individual situation. Therapy goals and treatment is reviewed regularly.
3How often is therapy?
Therapy is scheduled weekly or bi-weekly deepening on individual circumstances.
4How much do you charge?
Individual sessions are $87 per 50 minutes. Couples and family sessions are $102 per hour. Inquire to learn more.
5Do you offer sliding scale payments?
In certain situations, we do accept sliding scale payments. Please consult with us to discuss options.
6Do you accept my insurance?
We do not accept insurance. Insurance companies force clinicians to diagnose a mental health illness in order to be compensated. We do not believe everyone seeking therapy has a diagnosable mental health condition.
7How do I schedule an appointment?
You can schedule an appointment by contacting us via this website.
8Do you have availability in the (mornings, afternoons, evenings, weekends)?
Availability various based on current client appointments. Please contact for availability.
9When’s the earliest date that I can see you for our first appointment?
Clients are typically scheduled within a week or two.
10What should I expect during our first session?
During the first session, the therapist will complete an assessment with you. This assessment can take 1-2 sessions, this will help you and your therapist identify treatment goals.
11Where is the office located?
AMR Mental Health Therapy is a virtual based platform only. We do not have a brick and mortar office. However, all sessions are face to face and in real time.
12 Do I have to be a resident of a certain state?
Yes, we are legally and ethically only able to provide therapy to clients in Nevada and California.
13Do you provide text or email therapy?
There are no phone sessions, app sessions, or text sessions. Therapy should be face to face and in real time, due to the nature of the work.
14Is virtual therapy as effective as in person therapy for the issues I am wishing to discuss?
Virtual therapy is proven effective for various mental health and life concerns. There are some conditions, such as active delusions, in which virtual therapy would not be appropriate for a client.
15How do I get the most out of therapy?
Therapy works best as a partnership. Tell your therapist your therapy goals and what changes you would like to make in your life. Be open to new ideas and behaviors, don’t quit because it gets hard. Therapy is hard, but it is also rewarding. Most importantly, be open and honest the real change comes from authentic sharing. Utilize what you learn from therapy in your life, it doesn’t work if you don’t try to implement change. Be patient with yourself, all change takes time.
16Is therapy confidential?
In most cases yes, your therapist will review this with you and it is provided in the consent form.

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Ann Russo, LCSW, MA.TH Article Quotes

I DO NOT agree with all view points stated in these articles. I do agree with creating dialogue, promoting awareness, exploring various perspectives, and ending stigmas about mental health.
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Online Therapy Can Be Cost Effective & Convenient, But Users Say It Might Not Be For Everyone

“If someone is having anxiety symptoms or needs positive coping skills to deal with difficulties in life, or maybe someone just needs an hour or two of time to decompress, [online therapy] can be very helpful,” Russo tells Bustle.

7 Shocking Ways Stress Can Physically Change Your Brain

There is good news, though, in that studies have also shown how you view and handle stress can change the impact it has on your brain, Russo says. "It’s important to try and reassess the situation in a more positive light," she says. "It can be hard, but if you are telling yourself that you are constantly stressed, you are feeding the stress."

8 Ways to Stop Feeling Guilty About Everything and Move On

Repeatedly telling yourself to stop feeling guilty won’t work. In fact, it’ll probably just make you dwell on the situation even more. “The goal is to redirect your actions and behaviors. If you’re guilty about something, engage in positive thoughts and actions,” recommends therapist Ann Russo, LCSW.

7 Decluttering Tips For Hoarders

Hoarding signs include a “collection of unusual and useless items, magazines, rotten food, hair, fingernails – at times pets can be hoarded and neglected,” says Ann Russo, a psychotherapist and founder of AMR Mental Health Therapy.

7 Habits Psychopaths Have That Are More Common Than You Think

"Traits of antisocial personality disorder can often be seen in most adults," therapist Ann Russo, MA.TH, LCSW, tells Bustle. "The distinguishable and diagnosable difference is that the traits impact levels of functioning in the world.

How to Talk to Your Kids About Sex

“Kids generally don’t have a position about same-sex relationships until they are told to have one by society and culture,” licensed clinical social worker Ann Russo tells SheKnows. Russo recommends simply sharing about romantic love and attraction rather than focusing on sexual orientation.

Being Attacked Changed How My Brain Works

Of course, this type of change doesn’t set in immediately. Ann Russo, a therapist who worked with survivors of the 2017 Las Vegas shooting right after it happened, recalls that few people wanted to talk about it right away, and that the support group she started remained mostly unattended for weeks.
  • I had the privilege of earning my MSW alongside Ann at CSULB. Her warmth and passion for connecting with people and helping them is infectious. She was at the top of our class, innovative and ever ready to learn.
    Kiri Cohu
    Social Worker
  • I met Ann through a mutual friend and even though we live worlds away now, she has made a lasting impact on my life. Ann is an extremely insightful and compassionate person. Along with her ability to speak clearly and concisely her thoughts, she has the uncanny ability to listen to people and hear beyond what is being said. This is a valuable trait when it comes to teaching and counseling others as she is able to help people see the unseen and know the unknown about themselves and the world around them. This brings me to my final point about Ann. Ann is firm, resolute, committed and hold true to her beliefs, both logically and ethically. Ann would be a valuable asset to any team she is a part of. 
    Abe Madyun
    IT Security Generalist and Consultant
  • Ann is energetic and has a great personality. She is someone I feel comfortable around and want to tell my problems to. She helped me thru my time of need and I can't thank her enough.Ann is highly recommended in my books.
    Kenny Hsi
    CEO for Advanced Creative Gaming
  • I have known Ann for nearly three years. I have heard first hand from her clients how well she has supported and facilitated growth through her therapeutic practice. Ann develops a healthy therapeutic relationship with her clients and takes an individualized approach to helping them discover their path to personal development.
    KC West
    Owner at A Balanced You Wellness Center, Owner/LCSW at Clinical Counseling Services
  • I am always impressed with Ann's thoughtfulness and compassion. Ann is able to utilize her intelligence to think deeply about the issues that we face in the social work field. When combined with her compassion and dedication to working with and empowering others it is a powerful combination which allows her to work with people in a meaningful and effective way. In Addition, Ann brings a willingness to work with difficult situations and populations. She is not afraid to address clinical or ethical issues. These qualities come together to make Ann a fantastic social worker and someone whom I am proud to say is part of my profession.
    Andrea Sanserino
    Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Clinical Supervisor
  • Ann was a very engaged, curious, and resourceful student who fully participated and contributed to the professional development and support process of the applied learning in seminar. She was a joy to have in class. She demonstrated a rich respect for learning while she expanded on the real world knowledge that she brought with her to graduate school. I highly recommend Ann as a very competent, skillful, and astute social worker who uses her abilities to the fullest!
    Fredrick "Mike" Foster
    Emeriti Field Education Consultant, California State University Long Beach School of Social Work
  • I've known Ann for 3 years now and know her to be an engaging, and thoughtful individual. She is very skilled in her trade, but possesses the intellectual wherewithal to succeed in many roles, whether administrative, therapeutic, or even as an entrepreneur. She's wonderful to work with as well.
    EJ Rudy
    Founder at Sequential Tech and Design
  • Ann is a professional, knowledgeable, and caring therapist dedicated to helping the LGBTQIA community. She has a big heart and gives her all to her clients who are struggling being who they are in society.
    Nadia J. Charles
    I build business hubs on New Google Sites | Business Systems Strategist | Efficiency Nerd | G Suite Expert
  • Ann is a thoughtful, compassionate, highly competent therapist who offers pragmatic advice and direction you can use in the moment, as well as helpful, truly therapeutic space for clients to express themselves and talk through issues, as well as ask questions. I recommend Ann as a therapist to anyone who could use a mix of therapy with practical coaching and problem solving to get through both difficult and complicated times. Her talent lies in being able to hold space for the delicacy of the moment while guiding clients to see the big picture and what they can do in the meantime simultaneously.
    Ellie Tumbuan
    Equity, diversity, and inclusion leader building up others and their teams for a better workplace and a better world.
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