Having graduated with undergrad degrees in Sociology (Criminology) and Spanish, I began working in a residential treatment home for youth with emotional and mental illnesses. My early work there, sparked my interest in psychology and counseling. After starting our family, I returned to school to earn a teaching certificate and a Masters degree in Special Education. After many years of teaching in a variety of settings; institutional, public, private and alternative education, I felt I really wanted more time to listen to and talk with my students. Because of this, I returned to the university once more to complete a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology, earning licensure as a Limited License Psychologist and a Licensed Professional Counselor.
I have worked in a variety of school settings; residential treatment facilities, public and private schools as well as alternative education and as a volunteer counselor in Costa Rican schools, my experience with teens is extensive. In my current work as a therapist, I have worked with teens from every different school system in our county. I feel that their lives have been impacted by many factors besides the usual challenges of becoming adults; most notably social media, increasing pressure to fit in to a certain group, higher rates of depression and social isolation, and now a pandemic that has upended the lives of people around the globe. But I also see the positive side of the young people today. Many of them are more educated, more inclusive and certainly more technologically adept.
Using a strength based approach to working with teens, I use a variety of modalities, depending on the situation and their needs. It could be motivational interviewing, solution based treatment, psychoeducational work , client based treatment, or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. We establish the parameters of confidentiality at the initial session so that it is well understood. Caring for them, and establishing an empathetic, therapeutic relationship is crucial.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Relationship issues
- Family conflicts
- Trauma and abuse
Addictions , LGBT , Grief , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Abandonment , Aging and Geriatric Issues , Autism and Asperger Syndrome , Blended Family Issues , Body Image , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Codependency , Communication Problems , Control Issues , Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster , Domestic Violence , Emptiness , Forgiveness , Guilt and Shame , Isolation/Loneliness , Life Purpose , Midlife Crisis , Mood Disorders , Multicultural Concerns , Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks , Phobias , Post-traumatic Stress , Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) , Self-Harm , Sexual Assault and Abuse , Smoking/Vaping Cessation , Women's Issues , Young Adult Issues Read more...
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy
LPC #6401010540 (Expires: 2024-05-31)
These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Cathy Smith. We don’t pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with Teen Counseling might be different.
My therapist is awsome
She's a nice person to talk to. We're in completely opposite timezones but her expertise and insight made making the odd hours sessions worthwhile. The dramatic age difference and relatively similar background experiences made it easy for me to let my guard down and really get to the bottom of any triggering issues. A slight complaint might be the internet connection's not that stable from her current location. However, her regular check-ins outside dedicated sessions made up for it.
Cathy has been a wonderful therapist that helped me through a tough time. When I look back on the person I was when I started speaking to Cathy versus the person I am now, I am so grateful for all the confidence boosting that Cathy gave.
Cathy is kind, helpful and funny. I can't recommend her enough.
I had only two sessions but she was very sweet and she does understand me very well, she addresses my concerns and is very easy to talk to.
Very kind and patient. Taught a lot of different practices which have changed my life and how I view it. A wonderful therapist
Cathy has been great for my teen daughter. My daughter instantly felt supported and listed to. She has given my daughter great tools to use in her daily life.
Cathy is the best therapist I have EVER worked with. I’ve had different therapists over the years. Only 4 sessions in and I’ve already touched on deep things. It’s fantastic.
Cathy is an experienced and supportive therapist. Greatly appreciate her approach, attention and flexibility.
Cathy listens patiently and has a very good understanding of what I tell her
She's very nice and easy to talk to and has good advice
She's the best therapist you can have. You'll feel so safe and confident when you talk to her. She has so much experience so she knows exactly what she has to say. Talking to her is always healing. Thanks Cathy
Cathy is fantastic! She listens to me and really helps me feel heard. She connects with me and has helped improve my sense of self worth a lot.
Cathy has been fantastic so far on my counselling journey. She listens attentively, stops me to ask productive questions and encourage conversation, and explains tools and tricks to cope with struggles. She responds quickly, compassionately, and I never feel like a clock is ticking or I'm being timed. I enjoy our sessions and look forward to continuing.
Cathy is very sweet and patient with listening and guiding the topic of our conversations during our sessions. I also appreciate her for messaging me throughout the week between our appointments to check in on me.
I’ve had really good interaction with Cathy. She’s patiently listened to me & what my issues are, and how I can change me. Very positive, fun, it’s like talking to a friend who can guide you . Not just agree.
Cathy is amazing. Kind and understanding. I feel like she knows exactly what I’m talking about and exactly what I need to become a better and healthier me.
With only two sessions with Cathy, my self-confidence returned, I am happy to have had someone to talk with, about my problems and insecurities. From now on, the decisions I make will be based on her recommendations.
Cathy is a great and attentive counselor, she has a variety of experience that is helpful in many ways. I always leave our sessions feeling better and more hopeful than before.
Cathy has been a great counselor, she’s kind, thoughtful and very easy to talk to. I’ve looked forward to talking to her and she makes me feel very comfortable and I feel like I can talk to her about anything. She’s got great insight and recommendations too!
I've worked with many therapists over the years and always left my sessions feeling worse or depleted. I used to dread my therapy sessions. Working with Cathy has been the exact opposite. She's so engaged the entire time we chat and makes me feel heard and cared for. I love that she has so much life experience and a wise perspective because then things feel less heavy. I would recommend Cathy to anyone who is stuck in their own head.
I feel grateful to have such an experienced therapist, it feels very easy to talk with her and she is really a great listener. It's also comforting just knowing she is a message away. I've only recently started meeting with her and I already feel like I am growing and making progress.
Cathy is very kind, intelligent and understanding. She has such a warm and welcoming personality, making it easy to open up and share with her. She has time and again recommended helpful ways for me to handle my personal hurdles and seems to really care about my well being and happiness.
She’s very experienced. We had one session only so far but I will get a good help for better life.