Tobi Russell, LPC, LLP, CAADC, CCS-M, BCETS
Tobi Russell received her Master of Science degree in clinical psychology from Eastern Michigan University in 1998 and received a Master of Arts degree in counseling from Oakland University in 2007. She is currently a doctoral candidate at Oakland University in the counseling department. Tobi worked in a residential facility for 6 1/2 years in the abuse and neglect unit, has worked in private practice in Bloomfield Hills and has been the manager of an outpatient mental health and substance abuse agency. She has been a lecturer at Oakland University since 2009 and teaches group counseling, introduction to counseling, multicultural counseling, and the substance abuse and practice course. She has been a part of a team working with the first year medical school students at the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine on therapeutic communication between doctors and patients. Tobi is an adjunct professor at Baker College-Clinton Township teaching human relations and psychology courses. Tobi has a child and adolescent specialization, is a certified advanced alcohol and drug counselor as well as a certified clinical supervisor in addictions in the state of Michigan. She is a board certified expert in traumatic stress.
Tobi is a member of the 52-3 District Court Sobriety Court team and was previously on the board of directors for Rochester Area Youth Assistance (RAYA) as the family education chair. She is a member of the Rochester Auburn Hills Community Coalition and past president of the North Oakland Community Coalition. She has presented throughout the county and state on topics related to children and adolescents, substance abuse, trauma, self-injury and eating disorders. She has appeared on the morning show of Channel 4 with Guy Gordon and Rhonda Walker discussing issues of traumatic abuse and neglect and on the dangers of K2 and synthetic drugs. She sees individuals from age 4 and up dealing with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, PTSD/trauma, self-injury, eating disorders, child adjustment to divorce, domestic violence and behavioral acting out. Tobi also has experience with topics related to chronic health conditions and assisting individuals with understanding the mind/body connection.
As it can be difficult sometimes for children to engage in traditional talk therapy, Tobi utilizes play therapy, art therapy, music therapy and sandtray approaches to help them communicate their feelings.