Greetings, I'm Anita Smith! If this is your first time seeking help, I would like to commend you for your courage. I'm curious to know what bought you here and what you would like to get out of therapy? I specialize in helping individuals cope with the different kinds of losses: 1) Primary losses - the death of a loved one, friend or pet, break-up, separation, divorce, loss of job, loss of money, the victim of a crime and losses due to Covid19 2)Secondary losses - moving, illness, changes and success; 3) Limbo losses - Covid 19, waiting for the outcome of a test result, a lawsuit, separation, not knowing the outcome; 4) Complicated losses - primary, secondary and limbo losses going on at the same time. The reactions to loss could be feeling of anxiety, depression, helpless, fearful, emptiness, despair, pessimistic, irritability, anger, guilty, restlessness, loss of concentration, hope, motivation, energy, change in appetite, sleep pattern and a tendency to be more fatigued and error-prone. Are you experiencing any of those feelings? I also work with individuals who desire prayer before our sessions. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Texas for 20+ years, a National Certified Counselor (NCC) for 30+ years, and a Board Certified Coach (BCC) for 7 years.
What can clients expect to take away from sessions with you?
In our first session, we'll start with a review of client's intake and assessments, then discuss the reason for client's visit and the outcome client would like from our sessions. Then we would discuss what to expect during each session and the number one thing would be setting goals to determine progress in reaching their desired outcome.
What treatment methods and tools do you utilize?
I consider myself to be eclectic in my therapy approach. What that means for me is, I use a variety of strategies CBT and techniques EMDR depending on what I access the person's needs are.
Explain to clients what areas you feel are your biggest strengths.
I highly respect and value individuals who come to me from diverse backgrounds, faiths, and cultures and those who feel they have "no voice". I welcome communication between us: ask me questions, bring resources that you have found, share with me your viewpoint, and I will listen, even if it is different than mine. I look forward to you sharing with me your insights along the way. You are the one who has your answers even if you don't know it yet. : )