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Hi, I'm Laura Smith.

I have 20 years of experience treating individuals in the Washington, D.C. area.

Below are a few areas of specialty that I work in. I specialize in marriage and family therapy, but also have comprehensive expertise in depression, anxiety, substance abuse, PTSD, and eating disorders. Click Services at the top of the page to learn more.

123 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington D.C. 20006

Phone: (214) 555-4130
Fax: (214) 555-4145

Services

Below are a few areas of specialty that I work in. I specialize in marriage and family therapy, but also have comprehensive expertise in depression, anxiety, substance abuse, PTSD, and eating disorders. Click Services to learn more.

Rates

  • $200 for initial assessment
  • $120 for individual session
  • $125 for family session
  • $25 per member for group session

Insurance

I do not currently accept insurance plans due to the time-consuming process required by insurance companies. Instead this time is spent developing custom treatment plans for my clients.

Payment

Cash, credit cards, and verified checks are accepted after the first appointment.

Contact

Questions? Please contact me for further information

Individual Therapy

"BE FAITHFUL IN SMALL THINGS, BECAUSE IT IS IN THEM THAT YOUR STRENGTH LIES." - MOTHER TERESA -

Through our work together, we will explore the drive behind your actions and feelings; this process also unearths opportunities for long-lasting transformation. Increased self-awareness leads frequently to greater self-acceptance and self-control. It should also help you craft a positive vision for your life that motivates and inspires you.

Investing in your own mental well-being today may eliminate years of future emotional trauma. Here are signs that therapy may be right for you:

  • Do you feel run-down, tired, or angry for an extended period without knowing why?
  • Do you feel sick or under the weather, even after having a clean bill of health confirmed by doctors?
  • Are your relationships becoming strained and unmanageable?
  • Are close friends and family members suggesting you seek professional help?
  • Is your mood and mindset affecting your work performance negatively?
  • Do your emotions feel more intense in reaction to daily events than you think they should?
  • Have you suffered trauma and found yourself unable to stop thinking about it?
  • Have you turned to a substance or alcohol to relieve how you feel?
  • Do you feel disconnected or disinterested in the hobbies you normally lovebies you normally love

Couples Therapy

"CHAINS DO NOT HOLD A MARRIAGE TOGETHER. IT IS THREADS, HUNDREDS OF TINY THREADS, WHICH SEW PEOPLE TOGETHER THROUGH THE YEARS." - SIMONE SIGNORET -

Couples therapy helps resolve forms of distress in a relationship between two people. By moving gradually toward mutual acceptance and understanding, your relationship can use strategies built to fulfill each partner. With trust, a healthier attitude, and reflection, you may find a deeper level of love and commitment.

Your relationship can provide the energy, support, and enthusiasm needed to feel happy and optimistic. Here are signs that counseling may be right for your relationship:

  • You feel like you are living separate lives.
  • The same arguments appear repeatedly.
  • Sex is almost non-existent, or it is unpleasant for one or both partners.
  • Someone is cheating or having an affair.
  • The family finances are hidden from one another (”financial infidelity”).
  • Your partner is now “the enemy.”
  • Intimacy is withheld as a form of punishment.
  • Problems are ignored, with one or both partners unwilling to resolve them.
  • The relationship feels like it is more difficult than it should be to maintain.
  • There is an ongoing feeling of disinterest and dislike between the partners.

Family Therapy

"TO MAINTAIN A JOYFUL FAMILY REQUIRES MUCH FROM BOTH THE PARENTS AND THE CHILDREN. EACH MEMBER OF THE FAMILY HAS TO BECOME, IN A SPECIAL WAY, THE SERVANT OF THE OTHERS." - POPE JOHN PAUL II -

Family therapy aims to resolve distress among family members, while developing strategies that improve the family dynamic. It can be difficult to express what we feel to members of our family. Family therapy sessions include work with your family as a group and in smaller teams to clarify issues and how best to address them. This is a collaborative effort that may involve outside exercises to continue progress.

Investing in your own mental well-being today may eliminate years of future emotional trauma. Here are signs that therapy may be right for you:

  • Do you feel run-down, tired, or angry for an extended period without knowing why?
  • Do you feel sick or under the weather, even after having a clean bill of health confirmed by doctors?
  • Are your relationships becoming strained and unmanageable?
  • Are close friends and family members suggesting you seek professional help?
  • Is your mood and mindset affecting your work performance negatively?
  • Do your emotions feel more intense in reaction to daily events than you think they should?
  • Have you suffered trauma and found yourself unable to stop thinking about it?
  • Have you turned to a substance or alcohol to relieve how you feel?
  • Do you feel disconnected or disinterested in the hobbies you normally lovebies you normally love

Child Therapy

"THERE IS IN EVERY CHILD AT EVERY STAGE A NEW MIRACLE OF VIGOROUS UNFOLDING, WHICH CONSTITUTES A NEW HOPE AND A NEW RESPONSIBILITY FOR ALL." - ERIK ERIKSON -

Therapy for children and teenagers aims to improve self-understanding and self-acceptance, communication, and individual and family unit togetherness. Sessions are one-on-one with the child or teenager and sometimes may involve other members of the family.

Through therapy, children and their parents may discover breakthroughs that resolve most issues. Here are signs that child/teen counseling may help:

  • Does your child or teen’s behavior danger himself/herself or others?
  • Does your child or teen seem sad, angry, or anxious frequently?
  • Does your child or teen’s behavior interfere with regular family functioning and activities?
  • Is your relationship or marriage strained by your child or teen’s behavior?
  • Do you feel “out of answers” and are unsure what to do?
  • Are you concerned your child or teen exhibits signs of hyperactivity, learning disability, or autism?

Contact

I believe that each client has the capability to accomplish their goals and desires when they work hard and give themselves the opportunity to try. I am privileged to be able to work with the strong individuals I work with and to have seen so many wonderful changes in so many of them.

Fill out your information for a free 20-minute phone consultation where we will discuss your needs and goals with counseling.





123 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington D.C. 20006

Dr. Laura Smith, Ph.D, LCSW

Phone: (214) 555-4130
Fax: (214) 555-4145