Beth Hanna Smith
Beth has been in the counseling/social services field for over 40 years. Her approach to therapy is eclectic, creative, client-centered, non-judgmental and based on sound clinical theory. She uses a compassionate, straight-forward and holistic approach to help clients achieve a happier life. Her goal is to help each person up in a better place than when they started and to help them discover the stories that keep them stuck. A humanistic approach, along with humor and teaching of skills, offers alternative solutions to problems.
Beth utilizes a variety of evidence-based therapies to help folks reach their best potential. These include Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), best practice treatment for trauma; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT); mindfulness; Thought Field Therapy (TFT and EFT), sand and play therapy. She has extensive experience in treating trauma in children and adults and a particular interest in working with folks on the Autism Spectrum (HFA and Asperger’s).
As a Registered Art Therapist, Beth is able to utilize expressive therapies to further aid in the therapeutic process. From collage and painting to jewelry making and polymer clay to journaling, media are used in a clinical way to meet therapeutic goals in a non-traditional way. Beth’s past experience includes being a CPS, foster care and adoption worker, directing mental health crisis services, providing MH assessments, being a director of an In-home services team, serving as client services director in a domestic violence and sexual assault agency, private practice and many years working with children and families of sexual and physical abuse and domestic violence, including victims, non-offending parents and perpetrators. She has provided individual, family, marital and group counseling to clients of all ages and diagnoses. She has supervised a number of interns for LPC and ATR. In addition, she has provided many trainings in the areas of trauma treatment, art therapy, play therapy and foster parenting.