Tricia Kayiatos-Smith,LCSW 89568

Tricia Kayiatos-Smith,LCSW 89568

Professions: Clinical Social Worker, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LCSW - 89568
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: Tricia charges $175 per 50-minute session for individual therapy and $200 per 50-minute session for couples therapy. If this does not suit your financial capabilities, please inquire about her sliding scale availability or about resources that might.
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Los Angeles, California 90063

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My Approach to Helping

Therapy can be a transformative experience of acknowledging Self and finding a higher level of functioning. The relationship between therapist and client can facilitate gentle and foundational changes aiming to discard dysfunctional coping skills and to acquire healthier tools for living. I approach my clinical practice through a holistic, intersectional and eclectic lens. I use aspects of psychodynamics, cognitive behavior, attachment, mindfulness, family systems and interpersonal theories to create an accepting and nonjudgmental space. Connecting with my clients through compassion, empathy, intuition and healing, I understand and cherish the intimacy and honor that is my role in my clients' lives.

More Info About My Practice

Often, I speak to trauma and anxiety as a backpack which we carry around daily, not realizing how its weight can hinder us. I aim to create a space where clients feel comfortable setting down the backpack, unzipping it and examining what's within. My goal with clients is to look at and honor each item inside and, ultimately, relieve them of some of that weight.

I have been active in her field for over seven years. I hold a Master's degree in Social Work with a concentration in individuals and families from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College in New York City. My graduate studies focused on advocating for transgender women of color engaged in survival sex work. I am contracted with the Women's Center for Creative Work as the social work consultant for the thrice-annual Emergency Health Grant for Artists, as well as serving on their 2018 Programming Board. For three years, I was honored to be employed as a medical social worker at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, helping trans* and gender non-conforming people navigate public health and benefits systems. I am a member of National Association of Social Workers, National Organization for Women and World Professional Association for Transgender Health.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

Tricia's areas of work include exploring LGBTQ issues, artists and creatives, gender identity (including WPATH-standard letters for gender confirmation surgeries), HIV and other chronic illnesses, relationship issues and codependency, PTSD and trauma survivors, depression, anxiety and panic disorders and crisis intervention.

My Role as a Therapist

Being a therapist provides me with intimate knowledge of an insight into my clients' internal struggles, successes, and experiences. I honor and cherish this unique role of holding space for healing. The client-therapist relationship is unique in that it is incredibly intimate and represents how the client relates to the rest of the world. With the therapist, the client is provided a low-stakes environment to try new ways of relating to others and to themselves.

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    LGBTQ, women, people of transgender or gender non-conforming experiences, trauma survivors, artists and creatives, people living with HIV andor other chronic illnesses.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Bullying
  • Cancer
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Elder Abuse
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Fertility Issues
  • First Responders
  • Forgiveness
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Panic
  • Perfectionism
  • Physical Abuse
  • Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Terminal Illness
  • Trust Issues
  • Women's Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Anger Management
  • Animal and Equine Assisted Psychotherapies
  • Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT)
  • Breathwork
  • Conflict Resolution Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Couples Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Feminist Therapy
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Nonviolent Communication (NVC)
  • Object Relations
  • Process Oriented Psychology
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Somatic Psychotherapy
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

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