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About Me

Welcome! My name is Karla Smith and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Missouri. I have over 25 years of experience counseling individuals and couples. I love my job! Having the privilege to work with others as they use their courage to acknowledge what needs to be addressed and changed in their lives to grow and transform is awesome to witness. I specialize in working with depression, trauma, anxiety, grief, relationships, codependency and low self-esteem issues.

My approach is client centered for sure. You are the expert on yourself. I will provide clinical "tools" to help you make the modifications needed to reach your goals. Together we will explore what is distressing you, identify what you want to achieve with counseling and create a treatment plan to get you there. I respect your courage to take this action step to get the assistance you need to make this happen.

I look forward to working with you!


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Addictions , Family conflicts , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Anger management , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Coaching , Compassion fatigue , Abandonment , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), 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), Gottman Method, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems

Years of Experience: 28

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCSW #004333 (Expires: 2022-09-30)


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Karla 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 K.A. on May 12, 2022 after therapy with Karla for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, parenting issues, self esteem, and compassion fatigue

Karla is a very kind, gentle, nonjudgmental therapist. This is my first time seeing a therapist so I was very anxious and nervous to open up to someone I did not know (again). Karla made me feel comfortable and is always sure to let things unfold at their own pace. She is never pushy and consistently questions what needs of mine she can be of assistance to. Karla's guidance, assurance, and non-biased validation of my feelings are all things I am thankful for and exactly some of the things I was looking for in terms of finding someone I could trust. 100% Recommend. 10/10 Absolutely.

Written by C.H. on Apr 11, 2022 after therapy with Karla for 1 week on issues concerning coping with life changes

Karls has been good and honest so far.

Written by J.U. on Jan 05, 2022 after therapy with Karla for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, and coping with life changes

Karla is so easy to talk to and helps me with tools to work through whatever I am encountering now or dealing with from the past.

Written by J.U. on Jan 05, 2022 after therapy with Karla for 9 months on issues concerning relationship issues

Karla has been instrumental in helping me get through a difficult time in my life, as well as navigate past issues. She has helped me discover my strengths and make strong life decisions. She’s been key to restoring my peace of mind!

Written by M.E. on Dec 28, 2021 after therapy with Karla for 9 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and family conflicts

Karla is so wonderful!! She is very compassionate as well!

Written by A.S. on Dec 16, 2021 after therapy with Karla for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and adhd

I’ve been with Karla for, going on 8 months now, and she been the most kind, compassionate, patient, supportive person in my life. Literally #1. I’m not sure I’ll ever be thankful enough for what she’s been able to do for me.

Written by A.U. on Dec 14, 2021 after therapy with Karla for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and adhd

She has been very helpful, motivating and kind, and has helped me see that I have good qualities myself.

Written by A.N. on Dec 09, 2021 after therapy with Karla for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, grief, and compassion fatigue

Karla has been a wonderfully, kind therapist. Karla is intuitive and shows true concern for my mental well-being.

Written by M.O. on Oct 08, 2021 after therapy with Karla for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, eating disorders, self esteem, and compassion fatigue

Karla is incredible! She has helped me so much through a difficult time and I wouldn't be where I am without her. I am so thankful for her!

Written by D.A. on Jul 07, 2021 after therapy with Karla for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, bipolar disorder, and coping with life changes

She is very friendly & shows true compassion. I feel comfortable with her on the first visit.

Written by J.O. on Jun 27, 2021 after therapy with Karla for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and trauma and abuse

I’m thankful to have been matched with such a supportive and compassionate counselor right away. I would recommend Karla Smith to anyone.

Written by M.O. on May 05, 2021 after therapy with Karla for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and coping with life changes

Karla has been very helpful so far, this is my first experience with counseling so I didn't know what to expect but it has been a very positive experience so far

Written by M.A. on Apr 05, 2021 after therapy with Karla for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and career difficulties

The sessions I had with Karla Smith were extremely helpful.