Vicki Smith, LPC
|Professions: Mental Health Counseling, Psychotherapy|
|License Status: I'm a licensed professional.|
|Primary Credential: Licensed Professional Counselor|
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Are the "what ifs" bringing you down? It's time to give your mind a break. Most of us have felt insecure at one point, but some of us feel this way more than we want to admit. On hard days, it takes a lot of energy to just appear "normal" and wade through the constant chatter of our minds. I'm sure you've tried things to ease the worry, but it creeps back in.
Good news! Its possible to change thought patterns even if they have been around for a while. We typically try to talk ourselves out of worrying, but we know that analyzing, critiquing and planning won't bring us the relief we want. Slowing down is a helpful tool. It gives us time to create different ways of responding, instead of reacting. Quieting the inner critic is a skill, like learning to play an instrument. We are never too old to learn!
Email or Call Vicki Smith, LPC at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 24473
More Info About My Practice
Fees for 50 minute sessions are $125 for individuals/$150 for couples. I am a provider with Blue Cross Blue Shield.
How Psychotherapy Can Help
Most of us would prefer to handle our "issues" on our own. Showing vulnerability is not easy. Sometimes our friends don't know what to say so they offer advice or give pep talks. We can end up feeling unheard or even judged.
Psychotherapy offers an unattached perspective. It is like a laboratory for exploring things from different angles and experimenting with different approaches. My clients say, "I have never thought about it that way." That mindset creates new options and hope that things won't always be this way.
My Therapy Focus
"If thinking guided us out of our problems, we would all be great sages by now." - A Gradual Awakening.
I have great appreciation for our minds, and...I do not believe we can resolve our emotional concerns by analyzing or figuring out what caused the pain. Most of us were not taught how to deal with discomfort. We react to our emotions by repression or trying to talk ourselves out of feeling so strongly. Then we find other ways of numbing the pain. These ways eventually turn on us and we are left with feeling the original pain and the consequences of avoiding.
A helpful approach is to slow down the automatic and reactive ways we deal with our daily stressors. That allows us to learn what is triggering us. From there we learn to pause and come up with other healthy options so we can decrease our stress instead of plowing through it and hoping for the best.
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Services I Provide
- Individual Therapy & Counseling
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