The Smith Counseling Group, LLC

About Me

With over 28 years of experience as a psychotherapist, I have focused my practice around helping individuals and families recover from pain and trauma.  In my work with eating disorders,  I work collaboratively with nutritionists, psychiatrists and physicians to insure seamless care and serve as the "team captain", who will keep the treatment team informed and cohesive. I also work with individuals and their families around issues related to health, relationship issues, depression or anxiety. 

In the past 10 years, I have broadened my knowledge to include more mindfulness based treatments, such as hypnosis and trauma informed care.   I have a background in neuroscience, so I am always integrating the latest science into our work together.

In 2023, I founded The Smith Counseling Group, which is a collective of professionals who are dedicated to providing evidence-based mental health care to individuals and their families.  With decades of experience in the field, our approach is warm, direct, and based in science, with a focus on results that should be evident within the first few weeks of treatment.  


BA with highest honors in Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

MS in Rehabilitation Counseling, School of Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

PhD in Counseling, George Washington University

Licensure and Certification:

Licensed in MD: LCPC #1960

Licensed in MD: Approved Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Supervisor #3251

National Board Certified Counselor

Nationally Certified as an Approved Clinical Supervisor 

Certificate in Advanced Trauma Treatment

Additional training:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Eating Disorders (CBT-E)

Maudsley approach or Family Based Treatment (FBT) for Eating Disorders

Therapeutic Hypnosis for Trauma

Supervision of new counselors

Professional Activities and Memberships

Adjunct faculty for Johns Hopkins University and the George Washington University

Present at National and local conferences on the topic of eating disorders and obesity

Published in scholarly journals

Published chapters and articles on the topic of eating disorders  in adolescents and adults

Available for public speaking and workshops.

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