John Russell Stanger

Couples + Family Therapy

John Russell Stanger, Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

John Russell Stanger is a Marriage and Family Therapist Associate, working with individuals, couples and families with diverse backgrounds and issues. His approach to therapy is warm and collaborative. He enjoys creating a supportive environment for you to discover new possibilities for growth and transformation. He maintains a private practice with offices in Louisville, KY and Lebanon, KY.  

To his work as a therapist, he brings over a decade of experience working with adolescents outside the therapy room. He particularly enjoys helping adolescents with school, family, anxiety, depression, and identity issues. 

John Russell in a nut-shell: Dreamer. Cultivator of wholeness. Camping and hiking enthusiast. Global traveler. Forever Texan. Lover of overly complex board games. LGBTQ+ advocate.

tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

-Mary Oliver

John also incorporates his expertise in working with and advocating for LGBTQ people. Before training as a therapist, John Russell served as the Executive Director of an LGTBQ advocacy organization in New York, New York. He is particularly skilled at working with people desiring self-acceptance—especially when their religious tradition has made that a challenge. (While he is prepared to help clients incorporate their spirituality into therapy, this is done only at the request of the client.)


If you are trans, lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer—or right in the midst of wondering what your authentic sexuality or gender identity may be— John is ready to offer space for you. While your identity as an LGBTQ person is wonderful, you know that our world does not always treat it such. Because of this, LGBTQ folks unjustly have to work harder to navigate romantic and sexual relationships, family conflict, messages from faith communities, your relationship to your own body, and more. The therapy room is a space where you can dream about what your life can look like as your most whole self.

John Russell's career began in LGBTQ advocacy and he knows therapy can be particularly intimidating for LGBTQ folks. You may wonder if a therapist is truly affirming. You may have had less than stellar experiences with ill-informed therapists. He hopes those concerns don't keep you from reaching out and getting the help you are yearning for. He is ready to hear and explore your concerns. 


Navigating life as a teenager can be stressful in ways that can feel absolutely overwhelming. While parents, teachers, and coaches do their best, sometimes more is needed. Therapy provides a space where adolescents can safely share with an adult who is there to listen, not discipline them. In therapy, adolescents can be open about the challenges in their life.

Including work outside of the therapy room, John Russell has over a decade of experience supporting and mentoring adolescents, and has seen first-hand the transformations that can happen when teenagers have a safe space to be themselves. 


Going to couples therapy does not mean admitting defeat. Instead, it offers you a chance to explore what's working in your relationship and what may need to change. If you feel stuck and confused, like you keep getting into "pointless" arguments, or like you've lost the "magic" you remember in the beginning, couples therapy can help you reconnect with your partner. Couples therapy can also help when you feel overwhelmed by the suspicion or revelation of infidelity. As a therapist, John Russell can help you pause, own your fears, pain, and desires, and explore paths for moving forward.

He also offer pre-marital counseling, which he dare says can be fun! Over the course of a few weeks, we take a structured look at your strengths as a couple and give you tools in the areas that are ripe for growth.  

Reach John Russell directly at (502) 276-8776 or submit your contact info below to schedule an appointment.

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