Hi there! My name is Claudia Smithart, and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Texas. I have a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, which followed my graduation in Psychology and Sociology undergraduate, where I graduated Suma Cum Laude with Highest Honors. Psychology/Counseling is my passion, and I have worked in a Metacognition psychology lab, and interned early in my education working in a psychology and counseling clinic.
Since then, I have worked with children, teens, and adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, specifically Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as populations 18+, across the lifespan, with a variety of presenting problems, such as LGBTQ+ related-issues, anxiety, depression, Bipolar Disorder, trauma, self-esteem issues, and everything in between. I have a background in Applied Behavioral Analysis, crisis intervention, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.
In addition to the information listed above, I work from a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach, which basically means that I believe in challenging our cognitive distortions, or "stinkin' thinkin'" as an old supervisor of mine referred to it as. Our maladaptive thinking patterns can affect our behaviors, beliefs, and even our actions. Breaking these down and unpacking our assumptions and thoughts can be very therapeutic, and where we will spend most of our time in therapy, as well as building coping skills, and building a new way of thinking and viewing the world.
I also use a Person-Centered approach, which means that I view my clients with an unconditional positive regard. How can I help if I come in with preconceived ideas about a person? Your values, beliefs, and experiences matter, and my non-judgmental approach is an absolute necessity to help you on your journey.
I am a part-time therapist on the platform, and offer some evening hours Monday-Thursday only. Please note I do not offer any session availability on weekends. If this schedule seems to work well with you, I look forward to meeting you!
- Stress, Anxiety
- Relationship issues
- Family conflicts
- Trauma and abuse
LGBT , Grief , Eating disorders , Parenting issues , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , Abandonment , Attachment Issues , Autism and Asperger Syndrome , BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture , Blended Family Issues , Body Image , Co-morbidity , Codependency , Communication Problems , Control Issues , Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster , Dependent Personality , Divorce and Separation , Eating and Food-Related Issues , Family of Origin Issues , Family Problems , Fertility Issues , Forgiveness , Gender Dysphoria , Guilt and Shame , HIV / AIDS , Infidelity , Intellectual Disability , Isolation/Loneliness , Jealousy , Life Purpose , Mood Disorders , Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD , Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks , Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships , Postpartum Depression , Post-traumatic Stress , Pregnancy and Childbirth , Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) , Self-Love , Sexual Assault and Abuse , Sexuality , Social Anxiety and Phobia , Women's Issues , Workplace Issues , Young Adult Issues Read more...
Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Existential Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
TX LPC 80882
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Claudia is amazing I was very unsure of how therapy would go for my situation but she has completely changed my perspective of what to expect out of this!
Claudia is amazing. Listens very well and very caring. She can listen to me go on and on about my stressors but brings up the point that I often miss, how am I feeling about it? Super helpful!
She is a good listener and professional therapist.
Excellent. Cludia was a great help!
Amazing I love it
I really like my therapist Claudia she really listens to my problems and helps me deal with things and very easy to talk to
Claudia is a wonderful therapist. With her, I feel listened to and understood. She makes me feel human. She listens without judging. She is knowledgeable and kind. I am so thankful for all her support.
Claudia is the most amazing professional I've had the pleasure of knowing in my ENTIRE life. She is an absolute godsend. I cannot tell people enough about her and the amazing experience I've had using betterhelp's services. This is a legit review. I had very serious issues I can't address with any of my peers. From the first visit I knew I had made the right choice and my money was more than well spent. She was able to accommodate my schedule and is extremely responsive. I feel like I'm talking with someone I've always known. Honestly, I feel amazing, incredible even after every session. Thank you, Claudia and Betterhelp.
Claudia has been a great help. She listens intently. She challenges my thoughts and continues to encourage growth. She has been the best therapist I’ve had the chance to see.
I love claudia, she was my old therapist back when she worked at a college. I have tried others but no one is her! Lol she’s awesome and definitely knows what she’s talking about and has helped me grow as a person in so many ways.
I’ve had experience with therapists before, and Claudia is the best I’ve had. She listens, makes you feel comfortable, and establishes great a great patient-therapist relationship!
I have had a few therapist in my time, but Claudia by far is the best!!! She speaks to me in a way my brain understands. She helps me to better focus and makes me feel understood.
I believe Claudia, is extremely understanding and insightful, in the short time Ive had with her Ive learned a great deal.
She is perfect t for me. Please don’t take her away lol
Ii think the more time we talk I feel you will help me work through my issuse
so far I just started but she is already helping me hear what I needed to hear! she is great!
I've only had 2 video sessions with Claudia and she is incredibly sweet, attentive, and knowledgeable. I used to dread doing my therapy elsewhere and it never felt good afterwards, but I actually look forward to having more sessions with Claudia. I hope I will be able to learn & grow more as I continue this journey. Thank you!
She’s awesome! Had great advice too
As someone who has never had counseling before, I was a little nervous about how the session would go—but my counselor made me feel completely validated and comfortable and listened to my concerns while also sharing useful info. Can’t wait to see what future sessions brings!