Loretta Smith

(LCSW)

About Me

Challenging is one word that comes to mind when thinking about navigating through adolescence and the teenage years. Being in the 21st century, teens today experience challenges with the ever-growing social media, increasing availability of illegal substances, and typical social and family conflict. Many parents and other adults struggle to recognize where their teen is emotionally, physically, spiritually, and overall capability. Everyone’s view of being “able and willing” are different, and with that difference comes an intense amount of conflict.

Maybe you feel unheard, taken advantage of, abused, hurt or lonely. No matter if you are here voluntarily or you were voluntold to participate in therapy, I am here to support you either way. Since 2006 I have been working with youth and young adults in multiple settings including residential, school-based, foster care, outpatient, and home-based. I have addressed many symptoms, thoughts, behaviors, and mood changes in teens that seem to make life a bit challenging. I work hard to make sure you feel comfortable to share what is on your mind and heart without fear of being “exposed, sent away, or making it worse”. My intention is that I am fully transparent in my work with you. I want you to feel comfortable expressing what is on your mind, knowing I will assess for true risk of harm to yourself of others or passive thoughts due to the complications of life which is something that can be addressed with a safety plan, and I will do everything I can in my power to keep you safe.

I strongly believe that the things you are challenged with are not just about you! Family, no matter who you call your family, has a significant impact on how you are able to cope with changes to your mental health. I will encourage you to allow your family to engage in your treatment and healing when you are ready, and not before! As social beings, we need to feel as though we are not alone. I am here to listen to you. I will challenge your thinking patterns and encourage you to reframe negative thoughts into strengths. As a teenager, it is important to know that you are important, you are necessary, you have a purpose, and you are loved.

Another important thing to note is that I will typically have my therapy dog (Bernedoodle) who is in training with me during sessions. If this would make you uncomfortable, please let me know and he can take a break at that time!

As COVID and isolation restrictions are changing throughout the world, I know access to mental health services are almost more important than ever. I work extremely hard to offer you a schedule that works for you. Currently, I am available 7days a week. My start times and end times vary between 8am-11pm EDT/EST, and my typical response times to unscheduled messages are between 24-72 hours. If you ever need a specific schedule due to your time zone or work needs, please know that I will make every effort to meet those for you.

About Loretta:
Loretta Graduated from Ball State University in 2008 with a bachelor’s in Family and Child Development and a minor in social work. Loretta went on to teach and develop parenting curriculum's as well as lesson plans for toddlers and preschoolers at the university child center. Loretta continued her family and child work into foster care settings. Loretta went on to receive her Master’s in Social Work from IUPUI in 2015 and began providing services to teens, children, and families in schools. Loretta's most recent role outside the home was as a therapist and team leader for adults, children, addictions, and Serious Mentally Ill (SMI) populations. Loretta is married with 2 children and a dog and enjoys traveling and being in the sun.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Family conflicts
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Grief
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Addictions , LGBT , Relationship issues , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Abandonment , Adoption and Foster Care , Read more...

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

Years of Experience: 5

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCSW #34008437A (Expires: 2022-04-01)


Reviews

Written by A.L. on Aug 24, 2020 after counseling with Loretta for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and adhd

Loretta is kind and attentive. She's so helpful with problem solving, or just listening while I rant. I feel very fortunate to have her as my counsellor, and look forward to our calls.

Written by E.L. on Aug 12, 2020 after counseling with Loretta for 3 months

Loretta is one amazing individual. Her therapy approach allows you to feel completely comfortable talking to her and has me looking forward to my sessions with her. Her knowledge is limitless. With every problem I bring to her she has not one, but several approaches as to how we can work through it. She has empowered me to improve my life and mental health so much these past few months and I am forever grateful for her. I would recommend her to anyone. She is also entirely knowledgeable on ADHD and anxiety in specific.

Written by S.C. on Aug 10, 2020 after counseling with Loretta for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

I really appreciate how Loretta listens to me. She's knowledgeable of neuro-divergant and ADD personalities.

Written by M.I. on Jun 02, 2020 after counseling with Loretta for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and adhd

Loretta listens. Really really listens to what I have to say. She’s helped me develop in such a short amount of time when I felt like I had tried everything. She offers targeted specific therapies in all varieties to promote wellness and allow for proper awareness.

Written by K.A. on Jun 01, 2020 after counseling with Loretta for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and anger management

The only counselor I've ever had that I feel actually hears me, and give me small goals to work towards.

Written by N.A. on May 18, 2020 after counseling with Loretta for 2 months

Loretta is very generous with her time and is very understanding and encouraging. She’s able to pick up what the issue and need is and offers practical advice and resources such as recommendations of books and articles to help you. She’s great and I highly recommend her!

Written by A.L. on May 17, 2020 after counseling with Loretta for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and compassion fatigue

I feel very comfortable with Loretta and have only had two sessions with her. This is my first time having therapy as well so she is very personable. She has sent me a few worksheets that have been very helpful and supportive. I appreciate that she also shares about herself and makes it feel like a conversation rather than just her listening to me and I get to know her on a deeper level as well.

Written by M.O. on May 08, 2020 after counseling with Loretta for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Loretta is amazing!! So compassionate and really helps me think through my negative thought processes. Down to earth and professional!

Written by M.O. on May 01, 2020 after counseling with Loretta for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and bipolar disorder

When I started sessions with Loretta, I was concerned about her psych experience and her treatment, then I was scared and worried that she might understand the wrong way, but she changed everything, she changed me, changed my way of doing and saying everything, she has that cutie vibe to her, and she also understands how a teenager feels being a modern parent

I love Loretta and I wish her all the very best.
❤️

Written by J.O. on Apr 01, 2020 after counseling with Loretta for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and coping with life changes

Ms. Smith’s approach is welcoming and friendly. She is a great note taker making it very easy to revisit historical conversations. She listens well and provides thoughtful insights. I feel that much of the work of counseling is self-realization and as we talk through issues and feelings and I get to an “ah-ha moment”, I know I got there by her guidance. I’m very pleased with my experience.

Written by J.E. on Mar 18, 2020 after counseling with Loretta for 2 months

I love that Loretta Smith is compassionate. She listens and thoughtfully responds. She gives actionable advice on how to deal with challenges. I would recommend her to anyone who needs a counselor.

Written by K.E. on Mar 16, 2020 after counseling with Loretta for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, trauma and abuse, and grief

Very good and easy to talk to

Written by S.A. on Mar 12, 2020 after counseling with Loretta for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Loretta has been incredible at helping me cope with some major life changes over the past few months. I'm so grateful for her guidance and calm presence during this wild time!

Written by E.M. on Mar 05, 2020 after counseling with Loretta for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and trauma and abuse

Loretta is the best!

Written by J.U. on Feb 06, 2020 after counseling with Loretta for 3 months

Loretta is the best. She always has time to help me.

Written by A.S. on Feb 06, 2020 after counseling with Loretta for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and intimacy-related issues

I've only just started working with Loretta, and we have had 2 face to face video sessions plus messages. But in that short time she has given me so much confidence to open up, allowed me to feel heard, and given me space to crystallize my thoughts. She has so much empathy, and asks questions that challenge me but in a good way. She's great!

Written by B.E. on Jan 20, 2020 after counseling with Loretta for 2 weeks

Loretta is a great listener and has really helped me sort through my own thoughts and concerns about situations happening in my life. She is kind and easy to talk to, which I really appreciate. I highly recommend her!

Written by T.I. on Jan 08, 2020 after counseling with Loretta for 1 month

Loretta is the first person I have talked to since the loss of my son that actually listens and finds ways to support and help me through this. I am so thankful for her experience, concern, advice, and knowledge.

Written by E.L. on Dec 24, 2019 after counseling with Loretta for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, sleeping disorders, and self esteem

Loretta Smith really makes you feel comfortable, I felt like I have been able to open up to her within my own time, she has been very patient and understanding and I would strongly recommend her!

Written by N.I. on Dec 10, 2019 after counseling with Loretta for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, self esteem, and coping with life changes

I've not had enough time to build a strong enough rapport yet, but in the short time I've been talking with Loretta, she has been professional, kind, thorough and accommodating. I look forward to working further with her.

Written by J.U. on Sep 22, 2019 after counseling with Loretta for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, and adhd

Loretta has managed to turn my life around in this month. She has helped me to better become the person I want to be. We have a long journey ahead of us, but I am confident Loretta will help me to get what I need and gather the tools for my future. She is an asset I cannot even begin fully explain.

Written by A.L. on Sep 17, 2019 after counseling with Loretta for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, anger management, coping with life changes, and adhd

Hi, in our limited experience together I found her to be accessible, supportive professional and helpful. My particular case is a bit complicated legally (and in french!) but the reasons for not wanting to continue are situational versus reflective of this excellent service. I wish I had known about 6 months ago when I was isolated and thought I was losing my mind. Strongly recommend both Loretta and teen counseling.

Written by A.L. on Aug 28, 2019 after counseling with Loretta for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and anger management

Loretta has been amazing. It feels great to just be able to communicate with someone who is so understanding. I always look forward to hearing back from her as the responses are just what I need at times. Highly recommend

Written by L.A. on Aug 08, 2019 after counseling with Loretta for 2 weeks

Loretta has been amazing in the couple of weeks since we started talking! She's able to get to the heart of the matter and help me pinpoint the exact things I need to work on to get healthy. She's great at offering links to resources and sending me helpful worksheets to get me thinking. With the tools she's given me, I already feel like I'm starting to heal!

Written by T.I. on Aug 08, 2019 after counseling with Loretta for 2 weeks

I am so grateful for Loretta! With each session, I feel so much better about the next steps for recovering WELL.

Written by A.L. on Aug 05, 2019 after counseling with Loretta for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

She is wonderful