Courtney Smith, LMFT, Certified Divorce Discernment Counselor and EMDR Therapist
Clients I work with: Individuals, couples, and families.
Issues I work with: Couples experiencing; communication issues, difficulties with emotional intimacy, substance use issues, depression, anxiety, and conflicts over roles and responsibilities. Adults and adolescents experiencing; anxiety, depression, separation and divorce, low self-worth, stress, substance use and addiction, life transitions, and trauma.
I work with individuals, couples and families. It is easy to feel hopeless when we have the same old conversations and the same old fights in our important relationships. I support couples and families get underneath these well-worn patterns to repair the hurts and unmet needs that often keep us doing the same things over and over. I work with relationships that are experiencing emotional intimacy issues, recurring disagreements, communication difficulties, and issues with substance use or process addiction.
I take a directive approach, ‘catching’ your patterns, and supporting you to go beneath the content to the underlying issues. I help to make these needs and emotions clearer, so that they can be heard more directly. I also support loved ones to be responsive and accessible to each other.
I am experienced in working with adolescent and adults experiencing substance use and process addictions. I work with these issues as symptoms of underlying issues such as low self-worth, disconnection or conflict with self and loved ones, and/or grief and trauma. Wherever possible, I strive to include partners and family members in treatment as the experience of satisfying connection has great power to support the recovery process for all.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and hold a Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Appalachian State University, a Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Sociology with a concentration in crime and deviance, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Virginia Tech. My clinical experience includes working with individuals, families, and couples struggling with addiction, recovery, and co-occurring mental health disorders. I have experience working with adolescents within the school system struggling with mental health diagnoses, self-worth, self-esteem issues, and attachment/adjustment issues.