Chandra Smolen, LCSW - Indiana Therapist at Grow Therapy

Chandra Smolen

Chandra Smolen

24 years of experience

Hello, I am a therapist who holds a license in clinical social work (LCSW) in Indiana. I received my Masters of Social Work (MSW) degree from Indiana University and my Masters in Clinical Bioethics from Loyola University in Chicago. I have been practicing for 23 years. I enjoy working together with individuals to help them become their best selves.

What can clients expect to take away from sessions with you?

In our first therapy session, we will discuss your reasons for seeking therapy and begin to gain an understanding of the circumstances that brought you to here. We will explore your concerns and set goals for our time together and start exploring the collaborative process of working towards positive change.

Explain to clients what areas you feel are your biggest strengths.

Having worked with individuals with a variety of needs and concerns for the past 23 years, I understand the importance of meeting the client where they are at. My ability to actively listen and provide structured feedback and tools to help you achieve your goals is my greatest strength.

About Chandra Smolen

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My treatment methods


A strength-based approach is one that focuses on your abilities, knowledge and capacities rather than deficits, or things that are lacking. The approach recognizes that individuals are resilient and are capable of growth, learning and change.

Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)

Utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, we work together to identify and challenge negative thought patterns and behavior. This method is especially helpful in addressing symptoms of anxiety and depression. We break down the issues we've identified into manageable pieces that we can work through to improve the way you feel and respond to situations.


The narrative therapy approach focuses on separating the problem from your sense of identity. Instead of "I am an anxious person, the approach is- I am a person that is coping anxiety". We then can discover how your problems are affecting your life and what your goals for the future are.