My name is Elizabeth “Liz” Smith. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Pennsylvania, and a National Certified Counselor. I completed my master's degree in professional counseling at Waynesburg University in 2010 as a nontraditional student.
I have primarily worked with those who have struggled with depression, anxiety, career issues, mood dysregulation, relationship and couple problems, and other life challenges presented by any type of life being disordered. I have completed 42 hours of training in EMDR therapy and am currently under supervision towards obtaining certification to help clients struggling with symptoms related to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). I have worked with many families and children on the autism spectrum and have been told that my insight is helpful. I have obtained Specialized Family Therapy Certification and training to provide Co-Parenting, Trans-Parenting, and Re-unification services. Finally, I have also studied and provided grief and loss approaches in counseling.
As a therapist, I walk alongside and focus on each person’s specific identified needs and I adjust my style accordingly. In addition to trauma evidence-based approaches, I tend to draw from client centered, solution focused, strength based and motivational approaches. Many of my clients have reported experiencing increased positive self-image, freedom from emotions tied to traumatic memories, and improved constructive communication and coping skills.
I am down to earth and approachable. My goal is to help you feel comfortable, and without judgement, accepted and understood. I will check and respond to messages at least twice daily, six days a week. I will offer live chat, phone sessions and occasional video sessions weekly, mostly between the hours of 8 AM and 6 PM on identified days of the week.
Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Intimacy-related issues, Sleeping disorders, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Attachment Issues, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Blended Family Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Dependent Personality, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Dissociation, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Infidelity, Jealousy, Midlife Crisis, Mood Disorders, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Post-traumatic Stress, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Existential Therapy, Gottman Method, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
PA LPC PC006945
Liz has helped me see me see my situation as a donor conceived person from a different perspective. She validated my feelings, and helped me toward working through them. Liz has given me insight to my spouses reactions, and has helped me in solving conflict effectively. I definitely recommend her.
Written on Aug 08, 2023 after therapy with Elizabeth for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, parenting issues, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching
Liz listens to me with compassion and empathy while keeping a strong focus on my main concerns and offering sage worksheets, advice, and messages/language/words that allows me to see a different perspective. I really look forward to our sessions.
Written on Aug 04, 2023 after therapy with Elizabeth for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching
Liz is a wonderful listener! She asks me to dig deeper into my own feelings and guides me through them to find meaning and purpose. She is always accommodating and supportive. I’m so grateful that I was matched with her….I’m making progress on my goals.
Written on Apr 06, 2023 after therapy with Elizabeth for 9 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and coping with life changes
I think Elizabeth is very supportive and helpful. She helps me to get insight into my thinking which helps me change my thinking
Written on Apr 05, 2023 after therapy with Elizabeth for 2 months on issues concerning addictions, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching
Elizabeth has been caring and compassionate in our sessions. I feel comfortable talking about anything with her without fear of judgement and feel better when I leave our sessions
Written on Mar 21, 2023 after therapy with Elizabeth for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and grief
Elizabeth is an excellent listener. She takes care in every response she has and helps me think out difficult problems.
Written on Mar 09, 2023 after therapy with Elizabeth for 1 year and 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd