Judith Smithchild - M.Ed., LPCC-CS, LICDC-S, NCC
Therapy Interventions Choices
 
    My solo, private, professional practice is based on the belief that clients' therapeutic needs are of the utmost importance. I am committed to meeting your needs and helping you to achieve your mental health recovery goals.
 
     With 25 years of professional experience working with mental health, I specialize in mood disorders such as depression and anxiety-related issues, relationship problems, and other "life-related " stress.  I have years of experience working with domestic violence and sexual trauma survivors, with grief issues as a result of death and divorce situations, and loss issues caused by job or career changes, or with chronic physical health issues.
 
    My extensive background working with addictions includes:
       providing alcohol and other drug addiction treatment
       co-dependency, Adult Children of Dysfunctional families 
       Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) counseling with opiate
       addiction
       gambling
       sexual compulsivity

          I welcome the opportunity to provide quality, professional mental health or addiction counseling services assistance to you or your family member and to deliver respectful, effective services in a comfortable, confidential and private environment. I primarily work from an eclectic approach that is well-grounded in Person Centered  therapy which is a therapeutic approach of providing "... a non-judgmental environment, demonstrating empathy, and having unconditional positive regard toward the client."
 
     I also use the following therapies, tailored to each client’s unique counseling needs, a “what works best” approach:
 
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT),solving problems concerning dysfunctional emotions through a goal-oriented, systematic procedure of changing thinking patterns to effect a behavioral change
  • Rational Emotive therapy (RET,)  identifying irrational and self-defeating beliefs and philosophies and actively questioning them, replacing them with more rational and self-helping ones
  • 12-Step Facilitation therapy (TSF) to treat anxiety, depression, addiction, trauma and relationships issues by educating about the effectiveness of Twelve Step concepts in addiction recovery process and providing linkage to local and e-based Twelve Steps meetings
  • Bibliotherapy, an expressive therapy that uses an individual's relationship to the content of books and poetry and other written words as therapy. Bibliotherapy is often combined with writing therapy & has shown to have long lasting effects. 
  • Expressive arts therapy (EAT), helps clients identify, personalize, and work on reducing and eliminating emotional distress by using drawing, designing, painting, collage-making, photos, mandalas, song writing, poetry, short stories, singing or other musical expression  to externalize feelings and process emotions though creative self expression.
 
                        
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