About Me

Hello and thank you for considering me as your therapist - I am licensed as an LMHC in Iowa and have 25 years of professional work experience. My approach is one in which I recognize the significance (and courage) of your decision to consider counseling and together, we will seek out solutions that build upon your strengths. I would describe myself as accessible, empathetic, pragmatic, and action-oriented. Therapy by design will challenge anyone to step outside their comfort zone and attempt to reshape their life. Typically, we all seek out similar things in life...joy, peace, connectivity, etc...but often, we feel stuck in reaching our life goals. It is my role to assist you with assessing the issues that are preventing you from living your best life and further assisting you with seeking out alternative ways of thinking, feeling, and behaving in order to bring about that change into your life. In professional terms, I would describe myself as "eclectic" in my therapy approach but I tend to emphasize solution-focused, cognitive/behavioral, motivational, and family systems brands of therapy in approaching my work with others. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, anger management, & depression. I am equally comfortable working with individuals and couples. It is my belief that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process. Finally, therapy is a two-way street as I believe it is advisable to do a "check in" with clients as to how I am doing in the work we are engaged in and receive feedback. The process of therapy is a joint effort and it is vital that you as a client (or couple) not only feel heard but that therapy is progressing and assisting you in making change in your life. Thank you.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Anger management
  • Depression
  • Coping with life changes
Also experienced in:
Aging and Geriatric Issues , Codependency , Communication Problems , Control Issues , Divorce and Separation , Drug and Alcohol Addiction , Emptiness , Family of Origin Issues , Family Problems , Fatherhood Issues , Forgiveness , Read more...
Years of Experience: 25

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LMHC #00254 (Expires: 2022-09-30)


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for David Smith. We don’t pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Written by C.A. on Jul 19, 2022 after therapy with David for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and adhd

David is truly a wonderful theirapist

Written by L.A. on Jul 18, 2022 after therapy with David for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, sleeping disorders, and adhd

I have had a great experience. And highly recommend Mr. Smith.

Written by J.A. on Jul 14, 2022 after therapy with David for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

Very empathetic man with a good heart. There to listen and offer some guidance the best he can.

Written by H.E. on Jul 14, 2022 after therapy with David for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, eating disorders, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

David is a caring and helpful therapist. He listens and also give good practical suggestions to move forward. He is responsive.

Written by M.A. on Jul 10, 2022 after therapy with David for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, coping with life changes, and adhd

Dave is understanding, listening and proactive. He helped me and is still helping me a-lot in my healing journey. He is the person if you’re looking for some proactively helping.

Work with me!