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!
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, Abandonment, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Attachment Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Family of Origin Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Post-traumatic Stress, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Love, Women's Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Existential Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Gottman Method, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems
MO LCSW 004333
Karla has been wonderful!
Written on Aug 09, 2022 after therapy with Karla for 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, and coping with life changes
Karla is kind, thoughtful and knowledgeable. She is helping me so much!
Written on Aug 04, 2022 after therapy with Karla for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and compassion fatigue
Karla responds quickly and makes herself available for scheduling. Professionally, she is engaged and attentive while pushing to dig a bit deeper which is helpful.
Written on Jun 30, 2022 after therapy with Karla for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, career difficulties, and coaching
Karla is extremely compassionate. She is a wonderful listener who not only hears what you are saying but notices patterns and connects information to behaviors. She utilizes variety of tools to help you and offers you a variety of methods in which to better understand yourself and situation.
Written on May 31, 2022 after therapy with Karla for 2 weeks on issues concerning family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and coping with life changes
She is so compassionate and supportive! Love it!!
Written on May 25, 2022 after therapy with Karla for 1 year and 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and family conflicts
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 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