Wendy E. Smith, MA, LMHC
|Professions: Counseling, Marriage & Family Therapy, Psychotherapy|
|License Status: I'm a licensed professional.|
|Primary Credential: LMHC - LH60390527|
Billing and Insurance
I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage
Fees: My regular fee for an hour session is $100 and my regular fee for an 80 minute session is $130. I am committed to serving people at all income levels, so please talk to me if you will have trouble affording my regular fee.
I provide a free initial phone conversation so that we can determine if we will be a good fit for one another.
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I have discovered that I work somewhat differently with different people; this is probably because each person is different and has different problems, strengths, needs and goals, and because, in each case, a unique relationship develops between me and the client. In all cases, I place the utmost importance on deeply understanding your experience and on meeting you with empathy and respect.
With individuals, I primarily use Emotion-Focused, existential, mindfulness-based and somatic techniques. My style is compassionate, direct and genuine.
When working with couples, I use Emotionally Focused Therapy to help partners deeply reconnect on the level of needs and feelings (as opposed to having that same unproductive argument over and over again). Once couples have learned to communicate in a way that is likely to get their needs met and have had help in healing breaches of trust, they generally find they can solve other problems without therapeutic help.
Email or Call Wendy E. Smith, MA, LMHC at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 02747
More Info About My Practice
My practice is located in the Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle near the Seattle Center. The building says "Comcast Spotlight" on it and is fully accessible.
My current office hours are: Mondays from 2:30 to 9:00 PM, Tuesdays from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Wednesdays from 2:30 PM to 9:00 PM and Thursdays from 2:30 PM to 9:00 PM.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
Disability and/or Illness:
My personal experiences in this area have greatly informed my professional work. I have been visually impaired since I was a baby, but did not begin fully to appreciate the myriad meanings of that experience until my late 20s. Within the last decade, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, so I also know what it can be like to acquire, live with, and successfully manage, a chronic illness.
Coming to terms with a disability can bring up a lot of powerful emotions, not to mention confusion, overwhelm, or numbness. Indeed, the quest to make sense of your disability can prompt a reevaluation of your identity and priorities, and, sometimes, even of the meaning of your life. Finding a counselor who understands and is comfortable travelling this terrain with you can be of enormous help. Because of my personal and professional experience, I have a good idea what it can be like to come to terms with changes in one's body and functionality, as well as with one's own mortality. I am convinced that going through the hard work of adjusting emotionally can ultimately lead to a richer, more authentic, happier life.
Additionally, I am experienced in counseling clients with disabilities on coping effectively with societal (and internalized) oppression.
How Psychotherapy Can Help
Here are a few of my thoughts:
First, people are helped simply by having a trusting relationship with someone who takes the time really to see, hear, sense, and understand them. Sometimes having such a relationship is the main factor in facilitating a client's transformation.
Second, clients need to be helped to do whatever the thing is that they don't do well at home. For example, if they over-analyze everything, they need to be helped to tune back into their hearts and guts.
Once a trusting relationship is well-established, clients can benefit most from therapeutic strategies beyond merely talking and listening--strategies that help them to have new emotional experiences right in the session. It's probably unfair and unrealistic to ask a client to take a risk at home or at work if he/she can't first try something similar in the safety of the therapist's office.
Services I Provide
- Individual Therapy & Counseling
- Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
- Online Counseling / Phone Therapy
Ages I Work With
Groups I Work With
People with physical or sensory disabilities; People with chronic, life-threatening, or terminal illnesses; Family members of people with disabilities and/or illnesses; BUT NOT ONLY THESE BY ANY MEANS!
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