James R. Smith, LISW, Counseling in Iowa City, Iowa, 52240

James R. Smith, LISW

James R. Smith, LISW

Professions: Counselor, Mental Health Counselor, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Independent Social Worker
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1-800-651-8085 ext. 06619
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2871 Heinz Rd
Iowa City, Iowa 52240
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A Native American story tells us that all people have two wolves inside fighting. One wolf carries the message that we are not worthy and not responsible; the other wolf is filled with understanding. The story concludes that the wolf that wins is the one we "pay attention to."

I utilize Motivational Interviewing and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy to help clients move their attention away from unproductive thoughts and towards present tense activities. In the process, clients tell their own stories, thus promoting healing.

I provide a safe and confidential environment for clients and encourages clients to look at their own ambivalence. With this additional clarity, clients will better be able to make decisions and move forward.

Email or Call James R. Smith, LISW at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 06619

More Info About My Practice

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I accept insurance, private pay, and have a sliding fee scale. There is convenient and free parking.

Theoretical Influences that Guide My Work

My practice is informed by Native American thought and philosophy. An example of one of many ideas from some Native American groups is that we all live in a mirror coated bubble; everything that we see is a reflection of us. This idea speaks to the idea that when we judge others, we are judging ourselves. This thought can help us understand how we treat ourselves harshly sometimes. There are other metaphors and stories that are shared in therapy from time to time that are helpful for our own personal growth.

Please call to make an appointment. If you email me through this site, I may not receive it until the next day.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Mediation
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aggression and Violence
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Developmental Disorders (Autism, Aspergers, etc.)
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Inadequacy
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Learning Difficulties
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Parenting
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Suspiciousness / Paranoia
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness

Types of Therapy

  • Anger Management
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy /REBT
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy

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