Kate Smaller, Ph.D.

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  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
  • 15 Ionia SW, Suite 520, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49503
  • Phone: 312-771-9826
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  • Session Fees: We strongly encourage anyone with financial concerns to reach out. While we are out-of-network providers, we have worked hard to create a model that makes therapy affordable and accessible without having to rely on insurance.
  • www.forwardedgeservices.com
  • This member is also available for online counseling.
  • Online-counseling methods: Phone, Webcam

Are you ready to start feeling better once and for all?
I know you've been working really hard to create the life you want and be the best version of yourself. Sometimes life can be tough, and sometimes you might get in your own way, but you keep trying. I know it's exhausting!
I specialize in understanding things that are outside of your awareness, and getting to the root of your concerns. This approach is designed to not only provide immediate relief, but to create lasting change.

If you've come this far, don't wait any longer. Let me help you with the rest of your journey. I'm excited to show you that starting therapy with us will make you feel like you've made one of the best choices ever.
My Clients: 
  • Adults (Individuals and/or couples) 
  • Children, adolescents and families 

Approach to therapy: 
  • Psychoanalytic/psychodynamic, "forward edge" approach to therapy 
  • I specialize in the unconscious, getting to the root of your concerns to create lasting change 
  • I can help with nearly any symptom, as our approach goes beyond symptoms to address the whole person

  •  I offer a sliding scale for those in need of financial assistance 
  •  I am an out-of-network provider, but provide a monthly statement that can be submitted for reimbursement 
  •  I also have a non-profit set up for those in need of more significant financial assistance 

  •     Grand Rapids (downtown) 
  •     Saugatuck/Douglas 
  •     Virtual/Online

Dr. Kate Smaller, Principal and Clinical Director 
  • Ph.D. in Clinical Social Work and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy from ICSW (Chicago) 
  • Masters in Social Work from Loyola University (Chicago)
  • Masters in Education from DePaul University (Chicago) 
  • B.A. in Psychology and Feminist,  Gender & Sexuality Studies from Cornell University (Ithaca, NY) 
  • Clinical experience in working with homeless women (Chicago)  
  • Clinical experience in working with at-risk, gang-involved youth in the school environment (Chicago)
  • Specialized training and clinical experience in working with survivors of sexual assault (Chicago) 
  • Independent private practice from 2011-2019
  • Established Forward Edge Services (FES) in 2019 
  • Expanded FES to Grand Rapids in 2021


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Grand Rapids MI