Micheal Frances Smith


Micheal Frances Smith


Telehealth Available
Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Marriage and Family Therapist - MFC 51393
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Beacon
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
  • GEHA Health Plans
  • Magellan
  • Managed Health Network (MHN)
  • Optimum HealthCare
  • Optum
  • Optum/United Health Care
  • Tricare
  • Tricare West
  • UMR


Ventura, California 93003

My Approach to Helping

I create a safe, accepting space for my clients to to share their stories.

My work has shown me that personal psychology is deeply intertwined with the stories we tell ourselves. Your story is where we begin to unravel a problem, and follow it to its root cause. We’ll begin with your personal story and reflect on how it relates to the story of your family and society at large.

More Info About My Practice

I accept some insurance policies (listed below). I do offer a sliding scale for pricing for patients who are uninsured -- reach out and talk to me about your situation.

GEHA Health Plans
Optimum HealthCare

Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist

Choosing a therapist is not like choosing other medical professionals: there are some specific questions you must ask yourself. Do you feel comfortable in sharing your life with the therapist? Do you feel heard and understood by the therapist? Do you trust the therapist? These are questions a person should ask before deciding who to trust with their life story.

I find that it's important to meet in person to determine if we could make progress together, and I encourage you to ask the above questions of yourself as you speak to me, or any other licensed therapist.

How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist

Nobody in this world gets away without struggle and I have had my share: I'm a gay man who was raised in a family and culture that is not accepting of homosexuality.

My path has been at times harrowing and at other times exhilarating. I have been very discouraged and downtrodden and I have lifted myself up. I understand struggle.

In my work, I have been privileged to witness countless transformations. We are resilient and we are capable of profound change.

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Services I Provide

  • Clinical Supervision
  • Family Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Transgender, gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Aggression and Violence
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Breakup
  • Depression
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships

Types of Therapy

  • Adlerian Psychology / Psychotherapy
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET)
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)

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