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Last updated: 1/26/2019

Wendy E Smith, MA, LMHC (206) 965-8749
Last Updated: 1/26/2019
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 (focus areas are bold)
Aging
Anxiety/Panic Disorders
Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder
Bipolar Disorders
Career/Employment Concerns
Child Abuse and Neglect
Couple or Marital Issues
Depression
Domestic Violence
Education/Personal Development
Family Issues
Grief/Loss
Interpersonal Relationships
Life Transitions
Men's Issues
Multicultural Issues
Pain Management
Phobias
Physical Illness/Impairment
Sexual Abuse/Rape
Sexual Orientation
Sexuality Issues
Sleep Disorders
Spiritual/Religious Concerns
Stress
Suicidal Thoughts
Trauma/PTSD
Women's Issues

Treatment Methods and Approaches (focus areas are bold)
Theoretical Approach:
Body Centered Psychotherapy
Coaching
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)
Existential Psychotherapy
Focusing
Gestalt
Humanistic
Internal Family Systems (IFS)
Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
Meditation/Relaxation
Mindfulness Based Approaches
Psycho-Educational
Relational
Systemic

Methods Used:
Couple/Marital
Educational or Psycho-Educational
Family Systems
Individual
Online Therapy

Populations Served (focus areas are bold)
Age Groups:
Adults (26-59)
Seniors (60 +)
Young Adults (18-25)

Specific Populations:
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics)
Adopted
AIDS/HIV+
Biracial
Cancer Patients
Caregivers
Chronic Illness
College Students
Diabetes
Disabled
Gifted
Immigrants/Refugees
Interracial Families/Couples
Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer (LGBTQ)
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Obese or Overweight
Sensory Impaired (hearing, vision, etc)
Step Families
Suicidal

Religious and Multi-cultural Experience (focus areas are bold)
Religious Experience:
Buddhist Jewish Muslim
Christian

Multi-cultural Experience:
African-American Arabic Indian
Alaskan Native Asian

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