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Loretta Smith, LCSW

Stress, Anxiety Family conflicts Trauma, Abuse Grief Depression
Video Phone Live Chat Messaging

About me

Welcome! I truly am happy you are reaching out. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if our life challenges would communicate with a Global Pandemic and find a middle ground instead of yelling louder than the others to be heard?! Well, as we are still figuring that one out, I look forward to being here for you and helping you with concepts such as communicating effectively or changing your mindset since we cannot change the mindset of COVID-19! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Indiana and have been working full time through telehealth platforms since Summer 2019. I have been providing counseling and social work services since 2006 in a variety of settings including residential, school-based, foster care, outpatient, and home-based. I have an extensive history working with individuals, families, couples, relationship, adults, and children.

I am a skilled, empathetic listener who can help you clarify concerns and problem-solve the issues that are keeping you from feeling whole. As a therapist I have been able to work with most mental health diagnoses, age ranges, addictions, abuse, medical complications within individual and family centered treatment models. Below you will see the areas I have the most experience in and if I ever feel as though your needs would be suited better with another professional, I will let you know. I strongly believe that the things you are challenged with are not only about you! Family, no matter who you call your family, has a significant impact on how you can cope with changes to your mental health.

Building rapport with you is my biggest priority. Most individuals I serve have told me they appreciate my level of self-disclosure and connection to what they are going through. I work extremely hard to meet each person where they are, and if my story is not important to your healing, then I let that go. My treatment approach changes based on what each individual needs. I use a variety of techniques from Cognitive-Behavioral therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Mind-fullness and Solution-Focused therapy.

To put my style plainly, I use “techniques” (deep breathing, radical acceptance, challenging thoughts) and help you recognize how to adapt them to your daily life so you can feel empowered and in control when life seems out of control. I would be honored to walk this path beside you when you are ready.

As COVID and isolation restrictions are still changing throughout the world, I know access to mental health services are almost more important than ever. I work extremely hard to offer you a schedule that works for you. I will be working T-W-R-Sa. My start times and end times vary between 9am-10pm EDT/EST, and my typical response times to unscheduled messages are between 24-72 hours. If you ever need a specific schedule due to your time zone or work needs, please know that I will make every effort to meet those for you.


About Loretta:
Loretta Graduated from Ball State University in 2008 with a bachelor’s in Family and Child Development and a minor in social work. Loretta went on to teach and develop parenting curriculum's as well as lesson plans for toddlers and preschoolers at the university child center. Loretta continued her family and child work into foster care settings. Loretta went on to receive her Master’s in Social Work from IUPUI in 2015 and began providing services to teens, children, and families in schools. Loretta's most recent role outside the home was as a therapist and team leader for adults, children, addictions, and Serious Mentally Ill (SMI) populations. Loretta is married with 2 children and a dog. Her family enjoys traveling, water sports like sailing and surfing, and in general being in the sun.

Professional experience

5yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Family conflicts Trauma, Abuse Grief Depression

Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Antisocial Personality, Attachment Issues, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Avoidant Personality, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, 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, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Impulsivity, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Mood Disorders, Narcissism, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Paranoia, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexuality, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Trichotillomania, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues

Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Services offered

Video
Phone
Live Chat
Messaging

License information

IN LCSW 34008437A

Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Loretta 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.

I have worked with Loretta since January 2020 and I am so grateful for everything she helped me work through over the last three years. I highly recommend her as a therapist. She is kind, a great listener, and extremely patient.

Written on Jan 10, 2023 after therapy with Loretta for 3 years

Loretta is very thorough and takes the time to help me process every little detail.

Written on Apr 29, 2022 after therapy with Loretta for 1 year and 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and trauma and abuse

Loretta is a very professional therapist and a wonderful mentor - she not only provides me with different perspectives in seeing things in life but also always patient in supporting me through the thick and thin. I really appreciate being paired with her since the beginning and further appreciate the opportunity right now being able to continue working with her.

Written on Jun 16, 2021 after therapy with Loretta for 1 year and 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and coping with life changes

Lorretta really listens well and gives a lot of help to solve things that may be causing you anxiety and depression. I would definitely recommend her to anyone needing her services. She has a lot of knowledge in her field and offers great advice.

Written on Jan 13, 2021 after therapy with Loretta for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Loretta is amazing. She listens without judging, and helps me process things and open up in a way I have trouble doing on my own.

Written on Dec 29, 2020 after therapy with Loretta for 8 months

Loretta is kind and attentive. She's so helpful with problem solving, or just listening while I rant. I feel very fortunate to have her as my counsellor, and look forward to our calls.

Written on Aug 24, 2020 after therapy with Loretta for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and adhd