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Jill Smith

Jill Smith

LCSW
23 years of experience
Solution oriented
Direct
Open-minded
Virtual

Hi! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in both New York and New Hampshire. I have been practicing for the last 23 years, working with clients of all ages. For the last few years I have been working solely with adults struggling with anxiety, depression, history of trauma, adjusting to life changes and stressors. My clients have often told me that I am able to give them a new perspective they have never considered, or that it was just nice to have someone listen to them.

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

Our first session will consist of brief introductions to each other, completing the intake assessment where you inform me of the problems you are having and what you want to do about them. I will also gather some family history information from you, as well as any other history of psychiatric care and any medical issues you may have (the body and the mind are VERY connected). We will develop a treatment goal, discuss frequency of sessions and costs/payment, and I will address any questions you may have of me at that time. This first session will take up to an hour. Following sessions will take 45-50 minutes.

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

I believe my greatest strength as a person is the ability to build a positive therapist-client relationship. I really do put forth my genuine self, and I do not mind some small talk and discussion of hobbies and interests to help build rapport. At the same time, I am aware that maintaining professional boundaries is a must, so I am sure to not cross the therapist-client line. My greatest strength professionally is the fact I have had 23 years of constant professional training in evidenced based practices which has provided me with a library of skills and strategies that I can pass on to you.

About Jill Smith

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Appointments

Virtual

My treatment methods

Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)

CBT is all about identifying unhelpful and unrealistic thoughts and re-framing them to a more helpful, realistic thought that can lead to less distressing feelings. I use this often, along with a visual aide of the Cognitive Triangle, to help clients understand the connection between thoughts, feelings and behaviors.

Dialectical Behavior (DBT)

DBT has 4 different skill sets that I find to be useful for anyone struggling with anxiety, depression, and trauma related symptoms. I have worksheets I like to share that help explain the different skill sets and ways to practice the skills.

Motivational Interviewing

With MI, I ask open-ended questions, affirmations, reflective listening and summaries of what you said to demonstrate that I have listened and understand what you have told me.

Solution Focused Brief Treatment

With SFBT, I will explore with you times when you weren't having the struggles you are currently having and what it was about those times that helped you cope. I help you identify and implement solutions that you have developed for yourself.

Psychoeducation

I will offer to provide you with basic information about the brain and how certain coping skills and strategies help re-wire our brains.