Lovea Smith

(M.A., LCPC)

About Me

I am a licensed clinical professional counselor by the state of Illinois with roughly 15 years expertise. I have worked with various populations that have presented with a range of concerns including depression, anxiety, trauma, homelessness, suicidality, relationship difficulties, parenting issues and domestic violence. I have worked in clinical settings such as community centers, hospitals, clinics, shelters and correctional facilities.

My therapeutic style is warm and interactive which allows me to meet the individual where they are and provide empathetic listening that is non-judgmental and welcoming. My approach to clients combines various techniques such as humanistic, person-centered, trauma-informed, and cognitive-behavioral therapies. This allows me to engage clients on various levels as a one size fit all approach does not work with every individual. I will tailor your shared dialog and treatment planning to meet your specific and unique needs.

Taking the first step towards a happier you exemplifies courage when the whole staircase may or may not be in view. My role is simply to support and empower you in your journey to healing. I am passionate about helping individuals see how their psyche is integral in their overall health. I am also sensitive to cultural difference and reducing the stigma associated with speaking with a professional within minority populations.

I look forward to walking this path of healing with you and am happy you decided to become a better version of yourself.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Addictions , LGBT , Family conflicts , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder
Years of Experience: 15

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCPC #18007815 (Expires: 2021-03-01)


Reviews

Written by B.E. on Jun 23, 2020 after counseling with Lovea for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and coaching

Lovea is a wonderful therapist. She spends time seeking to understand and meet individuals where they are at. She listens attentively and provides great examples of how to work through issues together. She’s patient with me and helps me move through each session productively.

Written by C.A. on Jun 16, 2020 after counseling with Lovea for 2 weeks on issues concerning family conflicts, and coping with life changes

Just three words: she is awesome!

Written by S.H. on Jun 11, 2020 after counseling with Lovea for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Lovea is a kind person and brings fresh perspective to almost any situation. I appreciate her honesty and ability to gently push you to ask and answer the right questions. I highly recommend.

Written by A.N. on Jun 01, 2020 after counseling with Lovea for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Lovea is a great counselor!

Written by T.A. on Jun 01, 2020 after counseling with Lovea for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching

She has helped me in so many ways to look at how I perceive my life.

Written by S.T. on Apr 03, 2020 after counseling with Lovea for 1 year and 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, parenting issues, and self esteem

Lovea pulled me out of the darkest time of my life and consistently met me where I was at. She is available and responsive and has a really wonderful perspective. She never judges and listens empathetically, even when you are doing things that are counter-productive. She is patient and sees the bigger picture. I've had many therapists in my life and she is by far the best one I've had.

Written by B.R. on Apr 01, 2020 after counseling with Lovea for 2 months on issues concerning lgbt, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Lovea is phenomenal. I appreciate her ability to tease out my experiences in a coherently and clearly, all while being empathic and patient. Her anecdotes and metaphors always stick with me, especially in the moments that test me in the real world. I find her presence and advice to be pivotal for my own growth since she has offered insights and perspectives that I wouldn’t otherwise wouldn’t have by myself.

Written by H.O. on Dec 20, 2019 after counseling with Lovea for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

She is very kind and helpful. Also very understanding if I need to change our schedule last minute. Originally I was skeptical about this but it is worth it. Especially if you’re as busy in your day to day like as I am.

Written by M.A. on Dec 16, 2019 after counseling with Lovea for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, and coaching

Lovea has been great to talk to. I'll admit, a lot of my need here is to vent, and I have taken a majority of the time talking. But, Lovea has had some good insights and prompting questions that have been unexpected and great.

Written by K.A. on Nov 12, 2019 after counseling with Lovea for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, coaching, and adhd

Lovea is a wonderful counselor. In addition to being very knowledgeable and professional, Lovea sets herself apart from others I have worked with by being so genuine and empathetic. She works hard to understand my situation so she can best create a plan that feels realistic and personal to me, not just generic advice I have read in a hundred self help books. I have often said that when she analyzes and describes back to me a situation or emotion, it is better than I could have explained it myself. She is such a fantastic listener. I feel like she cares about me and my success and would recommend her to anyone.

Written by J.E. on Oct 14, 2019 after counseling with Lovea for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, parenting issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Lovea is a phenomenal counselor. She always responds to my messages in a timely manner and I feel as though she truly gets what I am going through and wants to help me heal.

Written by H.E. on Jul 11, 2019 after counseling with Lovea for 2 weeks on issues concerning trauma and abuse, and adhd

Lovea is phenomenal I am so blessed to have found her!

Written by B.R. on Mar 04, 2019 after counseling with Lovea for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

She's helped me a lot just by listening and giving advice

Written by S.A. on Oct 16, 2018 after counseling with Lovea for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

Ms. Lovea Smith is a good listener. This is a characteristic that I believe is greatly needed and valued in a counsellor. She is easy to talk to and is also very patient and accommodating. She makes me feel encouraged and empowered.

Written by A.M. on Oct 08, 2018 after counseling with Lovea for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and bipolar disorder

Lovea is the best, most experienced councillor I have worked with, she is extremely kind and caring. Knows exactly how I feel. (Literally word for word of how I feel). My councillor but also my friend, who I can be honest and pour my feeling out to, and she’ll know what to say and direct me on how to solve my problems.

Written by M.I. on Oct 08, 2018 after counseling with Lovea for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and career difficulties

Lovea has been amazing to me. She helped me see the brighter side of things and gave me exercises to benefit my feelings. She understood exactly how I felt which made me look forward to talking to her.