Dr. Russell

Joined Jul 26 2013
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63 years old
San Antonio
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My most important role in life is that of father and grandfather.  I have four adult children and four grandchildren who I love very deeply. Fortunately for me, all of my children and grandchildren live in the greater San Antonio area. My oldest daughter, Vanessa, is an attorney with a large law firm in San Antonio. She is married to my favorite son-in-law, Grant; and she is the mother of my youngest grandchild, Campbell. Her speciality is women's health law. She is extremely active politically in securing Texas women's reproductive rights. My second daughter, Maria, is an artist who works independently in commercial art, modeling and acting. She is the mother of my twin grandsons, Alden and Marcus. My third child is my son, Drew. He is a medical anthropologist and the father of my favorite granddaughter, Chloe, who is five years old. My baby daughter is Erika and she is a banker with Wells Fargo specializing in commercial loans. She is also completing her MBA.

I'm fortunate that my children grew up with the knowledge that normal people went at least through grade 16, if not further (not counting Kindergarten).  Their mother and father both attended public school, college, and unversity for 22 years each, earning our doctorates in Counseling Psychology from the University of Oregon. When my son was in second grade he had a fairly demanding teacher and in the first week of school he came home a bit discouraged.  He said, "How many years did you go to school, Dad?" I said, "Well, not counting Kindergarten, I attended 22 years of school, college and university."  He started to cry and said, "Oh my god, I don't think I will make it that far." He did, many years later.

When I'm not working for Rio Grande College coordinating the best Counseling Program in the state of Texas, my life interests consist of pottery and meditation.  I have been a meditation practitioner for over 30 years and a student of Buddhist philosophies. After about a 30 year break, I returned to the art of pottery about seven years ago and spend much of my non-working time in my ceramic studio.  In addition to coordinating the Counseling Program at RGC, I also maintain an active private practice specializing in consultation and evaluation.  You can also reach me through Amistad Consultation and Evaluation Services ([email protected]) which my son and I have operating together for the past seven years.

I continue to teach at RGC because I love the students.  I enjoy getting to know students well and to make life-long connections.

Thoughts on Tuesday, August 13, 2013

I am posting this addendum to my profile exactly ten days after our magnificent Annual Counseling Fiesta. I still have not come down off the cloud of joy and delight that I experienced on Saturday, August 3, 2013. The Fifth Annual Counseling Fiesta was very well attended, and a great time was had by all. From the sale of the remarkable children’s art work, as well as the DSM-5 raffle, we added more than $3000 to the Pete Carrillo Scholarship Fund. I can never thank you all enough for all your hard work, dedication, and enlightened vision.

As we begin this new academic year, let’s work strongly together to maintain this powerful momentum and energy, to enhance our professional vision and visibility, and to build an astonishingly dynamic and effective Counseling Club. With your assistance and enthusiasticsupport, I would like for one of our major goals this year to be to increase the alumni involvement and participation in our extraordinary Counseling Club. Let’sunite past, present, and future graduate students of the Rio Grande College Counseling Program and provide the forum for strong professional ties and community partnerships. To keep you focused on this prize, I suggest the following mindfulness-based cognitive self-help exercise: Each morning when you look in the mirror, remind yourself that this is the year of the awe-inspiringcounselor: And that counselor is you!

In deep appreciation to all of you, I want to share with you some advice on daily mindfulness by my dear friend, colleague, and teacher, Martine Bachelor (“A Refuge into Being”;):

It is essential that you cultivate the twin elements of concentrationand inquiry in your meditation. Concentration will bring stability, stillness,and spaciousness; inquiry will bring alertness, vividness, brightness, andclarity. Combined, they will help you to develop creative awareness, an abilityto bring a meditative mind to all aspects of your daily life.

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Reply Dr. Russell
10:30 PM on August 13, 2013 
I still have not come down off the cloud of exhilaration I experienced after our amazingly successful Annual Counseling Fiesta.