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David Smith, LMHC

Stress, Anxiety Relationship issues Anger management Depression Coping with life changes
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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, 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.

Professional experience

25yrs in practice

Additional areas of focus: 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, Guilt and Shame, Infidelity, Isolation/Loneliness, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Midlife Crisis, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Self-Love, Sex Addiction, Sexuality, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues

License information

IA LMHC 00254


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.

Dave is kind, considerate, patient and perceptive. I am very glad to know him.

Written on Apr 06, 2023 after therapy with David for 7 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and anger management

Dave is attentive and a great listener. Would highly recommend!

Written on Apr 03, 2023 after therapy with David for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and coping with life changes

Dave is very thoughtful and practical. His experience, advice, feedback and suggested readings have benefited me in many ways. Highly recommend.

Written on Mar 29, 2023 after therapy with David for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, career difficulties, and adhd

David is a thoughtful and experienced therapist with lots of compassion and straightforward ideas to tackle any issue!

Written on Jan 27, 2023 after therapy with David for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, eating disorders, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

David is professional and has a way of making you feel comfortable and at ease during our sessions. He’s been extremely helpful so far in helping me to navigate my emotions. I highly recommend him!

Written on Nov 15, 2022 after therapy with David for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd

I am extremely impressed with Dave and greatly appreciate our conversations. He has been very helpful as I work through the grieving process following the loss of my beautiful wife to cancer. Thank You Dave!

Written on Nov 02, 2022 after therapy with David for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, and coping with life changes