Last updated: 9/16/2019

Wendy E Smith, MA, LMHC (206) 965-8749
Last Updated: 9/16/2019
Professional Counseling for Individuals and Couples
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Degrees:
MA

Years of Experience: 9

Gender: Female

Languages Spoken or
Translation Services:

English

Licensing:
WA - LMHC [LH 60390527]

Credentials and Certifications:
Couples Counseling, Certified

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 the client’s experience and on meeting that person with empathy and respect. I believe that people contain the seeds of their own authenticity and development, and that it is the therapist’s job to help the client remove what blocks his or her natural growth.

When working with individuals, I use Emotion-Focused Therapy, existential therapy, mindfulness-based therapy, attached-based therapy, body-centered therapy, and a version of Internal Family Systems Therapy pioneered by trauma-treatment expert Dr. Janina Fisher. 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.

I can help individuals with a variety of issues, including grief, trauma, anxiety, depression, identity issues, life transitions, and relationship problems.  I have special expertise in working with people coming to terms with physial and sensory disabilities and chronic and life-threatening illnesses.

As a Certified Emotionally Focused Couples Therapist, I use Emotionally Focused Therapy 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.

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Wendy Smith Counseling, PLLC
18 W Mercer St, Ste 360
Seattle, WA 98119  
www.wendysmithcounseling.com
(206) 965-8749

Contact: Wendy Smith

Office Hours:
Mon: 2:00pm - 9:00pm
Tue: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Wed: 2:00pm - 9:00pm
Thu: 2:00pm - 9:00pm
Fri: N/A
Sat: N/A
Sun: N/A
Average wait time for new clients: Not specified

Response Time to Call:
Weekdays: 6 Hours
Weekends: 12 Hours

Accessibility:
Access by Public Transportation
Access by Wheelchair
Evening Office Hours
Telephone Counseling
Video Counseling (Skype, etc.)

Problems Served
Focusing on:
Anxiety/Panic Disorders Child Abuse and Neglect Couple or Marital Issues Depression Grief/Loss Life Transitions Physical Illness/Impairment Stress Trauma/PTSD
Also serving:
Aging Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder Bipolar Disorders Career/Employment Concerns Domestic Violence Education/Personal Development Family Issues Interpersonal Relationships Men's Issues Multicultural Issues Pain Management Phobias Sexual Abuse/Rape Sexual Orientation Sexuality Issues Sleep Disorders Spiritual/Religious Concerns Suicidal Thoughts Women's Issues
Treatment Methods and Approaches
Theoretical approaches - focus areas:
Body Centered Psychotherapy Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) Existential Psychotherapy Humanistic Internal Family Systems (IFS) Mindfulness Based Approaches Relational
Other theoretical approaches:
Coaching Focusing Gestalt Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) Meditation/Relaxation Psycho-Educational Systemic
Methods - focus areas:
Couple/Marital Individual
Other methods:
Educational or Psycho-Educational Family Systems Online Therapy
Populations Served (focus areas are bold)
Age groups:
Adults (26-59) Seniors (60 +) Young Adults (18-25)

Specific populations:
Chronic Illness Disabled Sensory Impaired (hearing, vision, etc)
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics) Adopted AIDS/HIV+ Biracial Cancer Patients Caregivers College Students Diabetes Gifted Immigrants/Refugees Interracial Families/Couples Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer (LGBTQ) Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Obese or Overweight Step Families Suicidal
Religious and Multi-cultural Experience (focus areas are bold)
Religious experience:
Buddhist
Christian Jewish Muslim
Multi-cultural experience:
African-American Alaskan Native Arabic Asian Indian
Professional Associations
American Counseling Association (ACA) International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT)
Fees and Payment Options
Individual: $120
Couples: N/A
Group: N/A
Family: $150

Sliding Scale: Yes

Accept Credit Card: Yes

Private Insurance or Out of Network: Yes

Free Services:
Brief Phone Consultation

Insurance:

Groups