Cynthia Russell has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Ottawa, a Bachelor of Education from Memorial University, and a Masters of Counselling Psychology from Athabasca University. She is registered psychologist, a member of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), and a member of the Association of Psychologists of the Northwest Territories (APNWT). In addition to providing counselling and psychological assessments for her clients at LCP, she has been counselling students from kindergarten to grade 12 in Yk1 and YCS schools, and she has been working with families who transition through the women's shelter regarding school, family, trauma, anxiety, and depression related issues since 2007.
Cynthia recently co-wrote the Yk1 policy for transgender youth, she has provided mindfulness workshops to students, and she recently provided Sport Psychology workshops to the NWT girls’ basketball team and to the Elite Sports School at Yk1. Her recent trainings include a 6-week course in mindfulness fundamentals, a 6-week course in delivering mindfulness curriculum, and an Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) fundamentals basic training.
Cynthia has two teen-aged children, she loves to travel, and she and her family recently spent a year of sabbatical in Belize. Cynthia hails from the West Coast of Newfoundland and she is proud to say that she has Indian status and that she is of Mi’kmaq descent.