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Well Acquainted - Emily Russell

Welcome to Well Acquainted … a weekly series dedicated to the amazing clinicians at Well Clinic

This week, we’re featuring a Q&A session with Emily Russell – a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) at Well Clinic.


Where did you grow up?

I grew up one town south of Portland, Maine.


What is your favorite quote?

“Everything’s ok in the end, if not, it’s not the end.”


What’s your favorite part about your work?

The amazing people I come across. I feel honored to hear people’s stories and help them move through challenging times in their lives.


What’s your favorite thing about San Francisco?

My favorite thing about San Francisco is probably the beautiful views. My favorite thing to do is ride around the city on my bike.


What’s your favorite place you’ve ever been?

I have a few favorite spots between California and Maine, but one place that comes to mind is this beautiful cafe and used bookstore in an old gristmill beside a river in Western Massachusetts.


What’s your favorite memory ever?

The day I got my dog, Chester. He was about 8 weeks old and 5lbs heavier than all of his litter mates. His paws were so big and I had no idea what to expect.


In your free time, what are you most likely doing?

Probably going on a hike or outdoor adventure with my dog.


What are 5 things you can’t live without?

  • Popcorn
  • Journal
  • Music
  • Deck of cards
  • Hoodies


What are five albums you’d want with you if you were stuck on a deserted island?

  1. Ray Lamontagne – Trouble
  2. Lauryn Hill – Miseducation
  3. The Black Keys – Brothers
  4. Alabama Shakes – Boys & Girls
  5. A mix CD I made for myself 🙂


What was your last vacation?

A long weekend on Heavenly Mountain at Lake Tahoe.


What causes are you most passionate about?

I worked with the Portland Defending Childhood initiative in Portland, Maine where I was part of a team that was innovating and implementing solutions to the problem of childhood exposure to violence.

I am passionate about equality.


Do you have any talents that few people know about? If so, what are they?

I know how to beatbox, although I don’t usually have a need for this skill. I enjoy doing improv.


What is your favorite sports team?

Well, I grew up in New England with many family members who love the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots, so I would say I’m a fan by default.


What is your favorite food?

Probably fish tacos.


What is your favorite book?

The Secret Life of Bees.


What is your favorite movie?

I have MANY favorite movies but the one that I have always loved is, Tommy Boy.


What was your favorite toy as a child?

Most likely a soccer ball or my bike.


Do you have any pets? Please introduce them to us.?

Yes! I have a 4 year old 85lb Golden Retriever named, Chester. He loves to play, cuddle, spend time in water, and meet new people. He is very very cute and I love having him in my life.


When are you at your most creative?

Usually in the morning to late morning.


What motivates you?

I think when I’m inspired I am motivated.


Tell us about someone who inspires you … past or present.

Maya Angelou


Name one guilty pleasure, past or present.

I love making a fire outside and sitting next to it on a cool night.


Describe one of your first few jobs.

I worked with children on the activity staff team at a campground in Scarborough, Maine. I remember I wasn’t very good at face painting but loved leading the game activities.


What’s one fun thing you wish you could do more of?

Swim in a lake.


Learn more about Emily’s professional background as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at Well Clinic



  • I absolutely love Well Clinic! From the beginning, my husband and I felt like we were in a comfortable and safe space.

    Our couple’s therapy bridged gaps in our relationship and helped us understand each other that much more.

    Ivette B

  • Well Clinic is an oasis, especially for busy professionals like me.

    It’s a relaxing and safe space, nothing like the stuffy or drab offices you’d expect when going to a therapist.

    Brianna S

  • Well Clinic’s inviting and professional design makes me feel comfortable and at ease, which probably benefits the work I am doing.

    In fact, it doesn’t really feel like a therapy clinic at all, which I find awesome.

    Jim M


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