Wendy Smith, MA, LMHC

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  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor
  • 18 W. Mercer St., Ste. 360, Seattle, Washington, 98119
  • Phone: 206.965.8749
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  • Session Fees: $120/ hour and $150/ 80 minutes. I am committed to serving people at all income levels. If this fee is unaffordable to you, we will negotiate another.
  • www.wendysmithcounseling.com
  • This member is also available for online counseling.
  • Online-counseling methods: Webcam

Therapeutic Approach

I have discovered that I work somewhat differently with different people; this is probably because each client is different and has different problems, strengths, needs and goals, and because, in each case, a unique relationship develops between me and the client. In all cases, I place the utmost importance on deeply understanding your experience and on meeting you with empathy and respect. I believe that people contain the seeds of their own authenticity and development, and that it is my job to help you remove what blocks your natural growth.

With individuals, I regularly use Emotion-Focused, existential, mindfulness-based, attachment-based and body-centered techniques.  I also pay a lot of attention to people''s histories in order to understand how their past development and experiences might be affecting their current capacity to live well in the present and imagine a future. 

As a Certified Emotionally Focused Couples Therapist, I use EFCT to help partners deeply reconnect on the level of needs and feelings (as opposed to having that same unproductive argument over and over again). Once couples have learned to communicate in a way that is likely to get their needs met and have had help in healing breaches of trust, they generally find they can solve other problems without therapeutic help.

What all the therapeutic methods I use have in common is that they help clients to have a change-creating experience in the here-and-now of the session that they could not have at home.

Education & Credentials

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LH60390527) in the state of Washington since 2013.  I received my MA in psychology from Antioch University Seattle and completed my clinical internship at Navos Mental Health Solutions (a community mental health center) in Burien, Washington in September, 2009.  Since completing my Masters degree, I have undergone advanced training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy for individuals, Lifespan Integration © therapy, Grief therapy, Interpersonal Neurobiology, Somatic interventions for trauma, and other fields.  I seek out further education and professional development on an ongoing basis.  I am a member of the American Counseling Association, the Northwest Grief Counselors Network, the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy, and the Seattle Emotionally Focused Therapy Community. 

On a Personal Note

Since an important ingredient of our work together will be creating a comfortable working relationship, I''d like to tell you a little bit about me as a person. I'm 50 and am originally from New York. This last may account for the direct and genuine interpersonal style that caused a past supervisor of mine to remark, "You''re so deeply caring with your clients, without being...well...nice." I like to smile and laugh, and I use and appreciate humor when working with clients. On the other hand, I have personally experienced anxiety and depression and know how difficult (and possible) it can be to live through, and transform, those experiences.

I have been visually impaired since I was a baby, but did not begin fully to appreciate the myriad meanings of that experience until my late 20''s. Within the last decade, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, so I also know what it can be like to acquire, live with, and successfully manage, a chronic illness. I have been greatly empowered by both of these experiences.

Prior to retraining as a counselor, I worked as an English and literature instructor, as a writer, and in human services. I am committed to a variety of social justice and human rights causes, and volunteering in their service is an ongoing part of my life.

For People with Disabilities

If you grew up with a disability, you may have spent a lot of your life "cheerfully" trying to prove that you have "overcome" your disability and are just like everyone else (exactly what society expects of you), or you may have been convinced by others that you will "never amount to much". In either case, now may be the time to reclaim yourself--to work with a counselor to integrate your disability into your sense of yourself as a person you feel proud of.

If you have recently acquired a disability, you may be in shock, or determined to "overcome" your disability as soon as possible, or in despair at your losses and how radically your life has, or appears to have, changed. You may feel angry or guilty, or anxious about being a "burden" to your family and friends.

Coming to terms with a disability can bring up a lot of powerful emotions, not to mention confusion, overwhelm, or numbness. Indeed, the quest to make sense of your disability can prompt a reevaluation of your identity and priorities, and, sometimes, even of the meaning of your life. Finding a counselor who understands and is comfortable travelling this terrain with you can be of enormous help. Because of my personal (see above) and professional experience, I have a good idea what it can be like to come to terms with changes in one''s body and functionality, as well as with one''s own mortality. I am convinced that going through the hard work of adjusting emotionally can ultimately lead to a richer, more authentic, happier life.

Additionally, I am experienced in counseling clients with disabilities on coping effectively with societal (and internalized) oppression.

My office is located in Queen Anne near the Seattle Center.  My regular office hours are:  Mondays from 2:30 PM to 9:00 PM, Tuesdays from 10:00 AM to 2 PM, Wednesdays from 2:30 PM to 9:00 PM, and Thursdays from 2:30 PM to 9:00 PM.

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Seattle WA