About me

Welcome! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of experience in private practice. I graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in direct practice in the Social Service Administration program. With a Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology.

Since earning my degree, I have worked with individual adults, teens, and families. While gaining experience by working in various settings, I developed a deep passion for youth. I continued to work with teens and families in a community-based mental health agency. I use CBT, Solution Focus, and Family Systems Therapy to help you gain insight and understanding of systems impacting feelings, emotions, and behavior.

I believe patience and understanding are critical components that allow clients the time they need to develop a trusting relationship with their therapist.
I believe in meeting my clients where they are and what they want to work on. I develop treatment plans to encourage clients to evaluate their progress, not to judge.


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Parenting issues
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
LGBT , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , Prejudice and Discrimination , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 20

Services offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


IL LCSW 149.013375


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Charley 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.

Written on Jan 08, 2024 after therapy with Charley for 1 year and 7 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and parenting issues

Charley has helped me greatly.

Written on Jun 29, 2023 after therapy with Charley for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

Definitely a good fit for me the conversation doesnt feel forced or like Im talking to myself and he genuinely cares what i say and feel

Written on Feb 08, 2023 after therapy with Charley for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, grief, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

I've only had one session so far with Charley but I felt comfortable and "heard". I'm looking forward to meeting with him again.

Written on Jan 13, 2023 after therapy with Charley for 3 days

1st session and he really understood what my son needed help with.

Work with me!