Dawn Russell

Senior Clinical Psychologist

Dawn Russell

Dawn Russell

Senior Clinical Psychologist


“Everyone experiences points in life where problems seem too complicated or difficult. I am passionate about supporting you during those times as a way of clarifying issues, learning new skills, strengthening relationships, and creating the kind of life you want to live.”

– Dawn Russell

Dawn is a professional, approachable psychologist who brings a sense of humour to her work. She has over 15 years of experience with a broad range of treatment modalities; she adapts her approach to meet your individual needs and preferences for therapy. Dawn listens carefully to support and validate your life journey and to help empower and guide you to navigate the future.

Dawn has worked with clients from a range of backgrounds across the life span. She has worked in corporate, educational, non-government and private sectors to deliver evidence-based,  effective interventions. Dawn believes that mental health diagnoses help us to reach a collective understanding of how best to manage our common humanity and move towards a life that we love, engaging with our community along the way.

Dawn has worked extensively with young people and their families to manage strong emotions and navigate the unique challenges faced during adolescence. She is passionate about the potential that young people have as change agents in our world and the way in which learning skills and strategies can have a profound effect in shaping their future. Dawn supports young people struggling with their identities in terms of body image, gender, sexuality, and social meaning. She also loves working with young people who have neurodiverse experiences (e.g., ADHD, Autism) to identify and leverage their strengths and develop new skills to support their life goals.

Dawn also enjoys working with couples and families.  Dawn enjoys helping couples to listen and understand each others’ perspectives, and to find new ways of communicating. She has a special interest in how we connect with others and addressing our innate human fears about abandonment and rejection. Dawn’s approach to family work involves looking at the whole family system and helping to support change to create a sense of respect, harmony and well being in the family home.

Bachelor of Science (Psychology)

University of Sydney

Master of Psychology (Clinical)

Charles Sturt University

Master of Social Health

Macquarie University

PG Dip (Family Therapy)

University of Western Sydney

Special interests

Dawn has a special interest in the following areas:

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Mood Disorders (e.g., Depression, Bipolar)
  • Youth Mental Health
  • Child & Family Presentations
  • Relationship Concerns
  • Parenting
  • ADHD
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder & Neurodiverse Presentations
  • Academic Stress
  • Emotion Dysregulation & Self-Injury
  • OCD & Related Disorders
  • Tic Disorders
  • Body Focused Repetitive Behaviours (e.g., Trichotillomania)
  • Personality Disorders
  • Somatoform, Health and Conversion Difficulties 
  • Supporting members of the LGBTQIA+ community and their families
Research & Publications

Dawn is committed to ensuring that she only provides treatments that have been shown to be effective in achieving positive mental health outcomes. In line with this commitment she has been actively involved in a variety of research studies and has undertaken research in the following areas:

  • Intensive family therapy for children in out of home care;
  • Interest in science for students in Australia;
  • Assessing the effectiveness of a cognitive behavioural therapy program for adolescents;
  • Burnout in health professionals.

Dawn has also facilitated and supported various research studies on adolescent health within the school context.

Therapy approaches

Dawn is trained and experienced in a range of treatment interventions, including:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

  • Dialectic Behavioural Therapy (DBT)

  • Mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)

  • Solution Focused Therapy (SFT)

  • Narrative Therapy

  • Emotion Focused Couples Therapy (EFT)

    • Psychology Board of Australia (Reg #: PSY0001237403)

    • Australian Psychological Society (APS)

    • Committee Member (Treasurer of APSIG- Australian Psychologists in Schools Interest Group)

    Teaching & Training

    Dawn is passionate about making evidence based psychological information accessible to a wide range of community groups. She has delivered workshops on managing study stress, anxiety, depression, social skills and mindfulness techniques for adolescents, educators and parents.

    Dawn feels strongly about investing in the development of future psychologists so that all patients can access quality mental health care, and provides supervision for early career psychologists at The Talbot Centre. She also has extensive experience providing supervision to provisional psychologists within educational settings.