Courtney Smith, MA, Resident in Marriage and Family Therapy. Certified Divorce Discernment Counselor.
Clients I work with: Individuals, couples, and adolescent 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 adolescent 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 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.
Courtney Smith is a Resident in Marriage and Family Therapy, working towards Licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist in Virginia. She works under the supervision of Ed Hendrickson, LMFT, LSATP, AAMFT Approved Supervisor. In the event that clients have any questions or concerns about Courtney’s work, her supervisor can be contacted by mail at: 5249 Duke St #200, Alexandria, VA 22304, by phone on (703) 994-0034, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.