In my 16 years of experience as a therapist, I have discovered that each of us has problems that at times become overwhelming. Many of us know that we are capable, but there are times when each of us find ourselves struggling to cope with certain issues. My counseling approach acknowledges this similarity in all of us.
My approach to counseling embraces the reality that all of us will both need and offer help as we journey through life. More importantly, I embrace the value that my clients place upon the issues they present to me. From my perspective, any issue that you feel will improve your well being deserves the benefit of therapy to help you get there. In my practice, I take a non-directive, practical approach to helping. I acknowledge your strengths and embrace you as your own greatest resource. I recognize that each of us experience our distress in our own way.
My approach involves listening to you. I believe that therapy is a place for growth and new perspectives. My clients have come to me for many reasons, but much of the time it is because although help is needed, they don't want to be a burden on friends or worry family members that might otherwise be supports. My approach involves exploring your difficult experiences, processing emotions, and building strategies to help you cope with life's challenges.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Relationship issues
- Family conflicts
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Gottman Method, Mindfulness Therapy
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Patrick was really good at listening and responded with good material to look back on to help me. Thank you Patrick for all your help
Patrick helps me overcome issues of that I could not myself
Patrick is wonderful! He is attentive, caring, and responsive. I really appreciate that he focuses on how to manage anxiety in the long term rather than focusing on short term quick fixes. He's been hugely helpful in the way I see difficult situations and I highly recommend him.
Understanding, patient, and clear. I'm grateful to have found someone as easy to talk to and with as much experience as Patrick for my first experience with regular counseling.
Patrick was very kind and helped me deal with relationship issues and change my perception of the fears associated with it. He’s very patient and genuinely cares.
Patrick is great!
This online counseling has being a touchstone during a very difficult period in my life. I would never have believed that you could create a therapeutic relationship by writing notes to each other but in fact, it is better than meeting in person. I can give thoughtful responses that I can add to over time. I could not be more pleased with this therapy.
Patrick is attentive and sensitive to your needs. He always checks up on you and makes you feel that help is just a click away
Patrick is very kind and caring in his answers. He offers different ways of viewing my problems and concerns. He understands what I go through and gets me some sort of comfort. I recommend him.
Patrick is awesome, I appreciate his way of counseling, he comes from a place of just understanding what your going through. He's an amazing listener and extremely attentive to my needs. I strongly recommend counseling with him, it's nice to feel safe to share it all. Thanks Patrick for all your help.
He is a very patient counselor. Highly recommend.
Patrick is absolutely amazing! I came to him when I was stuck in a bad place. Words cannot describe how grateful I am to have his help while I recover. He is patient, understanding and insightful.
He has been a great help and support, and professional. Highly recommend!
Patrick has been an exceptionally great influence on my life, helping me view situations and circumstances with a different lens. Would highly recommend.
Patrick is absolutely wonderful! He just listens. And when you’re having a moment where you need to just let it out he’s your guy! He gives great advice with coping with stress that is more of a spiritual approach and a holistic approach which I love.
Patrick is a great counselor; he is thoughtful, empathetic, and pays a lot of attention to your responses. He really helped me make a constructive plan for tackling my depression. I'd highly recommend him to any one who is dealing with depression.
Patrick is very responsive and very caring. He’s taught me so much and checks in with me to make sure I’m doing ok.
I have been working with Patrick for a few months now and he is empathetic, knowledgeable, and always answers me quickly. I appreciate all of the support he has offered me and I would highly recommend him to someone. If I were to return to Better Help in the future I would definitely request him. Thanks for everything Patrick!
Patrick has been instrumental in helping me cope with the pain and stress from my breakup. He is very insightful and identified one of the main root causes of the failure of my relationship very early on. He is very professional and supportive and he manages to have counseling sessions via phone calls during the weekends, which was very accommodating for me. I would definitely recommend Patrick, as well as BetterHelp to anyone seeking mental health support.
Very helpful listens and makes points clear. Very understanding and experienced. Everything he has said has been right. Couldn’t have made it through my situation without him.
Patrick has been a great help and a wonderful counselor. He didn't judge me or the situation I'm in and was very kind and understanding. He helped me gain some perspective and deal with my emotions when I felt overwhelmed, my emotional wellbeing was always priority to him. Talking to him made me feel better and he provided resources for me to help me deal with the issues I'm facing. If you're considering counseling for whatever reason, don't hesitate, do it and you won't be sorry. It can only benefit you.
He asked what seemed like all the right questions. Would stay with the program and with him if I didn’t find health care covered counseling. If that doesn’t work out I’d even be willing to sign back up and would ask for him specifically
Patrick Smith is a wonderful counselor! He is definitely a very experienced counselor and has shown great understanding and empathy towards me and my issues. He has also shown me a lot of patience with me during my time in need. He has definitely provided me with a lot of good advice and thoughts for me reflect on. I appreciate the fact that his advice is not very textbook based (as this can seem easier said than done) but is also based on his personal experiences.
BetterHelp has definitely been a great service assistance to me especially coming all the way from Singapore. It provided me with a safe place to express myself and know that everything I said/ writes is p&c.
Patrick is a very supportive and experience counsellor. He has given me lots of advice about my situation and also ways to improve on myself and my confidence as a person. I am currently still having counseling sessions with Patrick as, since a very young age, I have had issues that have been a burden on me which I have not confided in anyone, and now I find myself expressing my fears and worries with Patrick during my sessions. He encourages me to write any thing that is affecting my life. I feel comfortable to express any emotions I'm feeling. I would recommend Patrick to everyone who's facing issues in their life
Thank you for listening and providing me with insight to these long standing issues.
I can't say enough great things about Patrick. I needed somebody to talk to, and he was a keen listener and provided some great insights.
An outstanding professional and individual who conveys empathy, support and insight in his every interaction.
Patrick has been very understanding and non-judgmental and helpful. I would highly recommend him.
I can't recommend him enough, he has helped me hugely while I'm struggling with an addict partner. He just cuts through my conflicting emotions, asks the right questions and somehow brings things into a perspective that helps me to move forward in a healthy way. Every interaction with him has added value, has got me thinking in a right direction and helped making some very healthy decisions. He has got me believing that online counselling can really make a difference.
Patrick is gentle and constructive. He is there when I need him. I love that he believes in me and that mistakes I make are outside of my consciousness for the moment. He has given me faith that I can be all that I dream I can be. Work in progress! Thank you Patrick
I couldn't ask for a better therapist than Patrick. He listens and responds thoughtfully to my concerns. Patrick offers a perspective that I wouldn't likely arrive at on my own, that help me understand what I'm experiencing and see circumstances in a different light. I am definitely further along in my healing process than I would be without Patrick's help.
Patrick is a great counselor with keen insight.
One of the best decisions I made is to seek help at BetterHelp and I found Dr.Smith. He is very patient, takes time to understand the issue and truly stands for what BetterHelp is all about - helping you feel better. He is very professional, dedicated , helps see things in the right perspective. Will continue working with him until I truly feel better!! Do not think if you need help not even twice - just go for it - you will not regret feeling Better!!
Patrick's knowledge, experience, and compassion have been invaluable to me as I've navigated a very difficult period. He has always offered a perspective that help me see my situation in ways that help me move toward healing. I couldn't have asked to be matched with a better therapist.
Patrick is a great counselor! His words really helped put my problems into perspective and I feel much better in a short amount of time.
Patrick was wonderful. I really enjoyed speaking with him!
Patrick has been so helpful these past few weeks and honestly, my sessions with him are nothing short of God sent. Patrick, you've helped me unlock so many of my suppressed emotions and been so good at helping me get to the bottom of them. You're hands down the best puzzle solver in the business! You're an incredible human being and I thank God that I was matched with you. It's been an amazing time and I definitely look forward to working through all my stuff with you in the future. May God bless you exceedingly, above and beyond your wildest dreams. Cheers to you Patrick! :)
Patrick is very nice person, I love to talk with him. I think that he perfectly understand how I'm feeling, understands my fears and he encourages me a lot. He helps me thinking about my needs, my emotions and how to menage them in an efficient way.
Patrick is highly responsive, kind, and patient.
Patrick is a very nice guy! He listens and understands and is very, very helpful! Thanks for your help.
Patrick is a very helpful and compassionate counselor.
The experience with Patrick is wonderful! He replies in time, he understands well what I say, he points out the problems and gives solution. I made big progress under his guidance in 2 months. Thank you again!
I don't trust therapists... but Patrick Smith is an exception. He is intelligent, intuitive, respectful and honest.
I trust him, and would recommend him to anyone who is looking for help in sorting out the challenges in their life.
Patrick is straightforward and is a great therapist. He has really helpful methods for helping me work through any problems/issues I might be having. Easy to communicate with and non-judgmental. Also has a good sense of humour, which helps.
I feel like patrick genuinly wants to know about my life, and genuinly tries to help. And not just trying to do his job. He never judges. Never makes you feel worse. Supportive and has a great perspective.
Patrick was great with taking the time to understand what I was going through, and learn exactly what issues I was dealing with before making his assessment. I was able to talk through all the different aspects of my feelings, and then he would give small insights to help me think about the situation in a new light. After only a few sessions, I can already feel a difference in my outlook and how I'm handling my emotions!
I am just at the start of my sessions with Patrick, but I do feel really good knowing he is there for me 24/7. I mean I can write whenever I want and he is quick to answer back. I am all new to this stuff too cause it's my first time, but I really like him. Thanks Scott.
I have certainly enjoyed Patrick Smith's insight and support during a rather tough time in my life. Even his observations about normal daily behavior was a relief to hear. And although I knew a lot of what he pointed out, it was of great help to hear it and go back in the discussion from time to time, to read it again and again. That is one of the benefits of this online counseling. The words don't dissipate after being said - they are still for me to read and understand down the road.
Patrick is very insightful, nonjudgmental, and easy to talk to. He has really helped me to create a much more positive internal dialogue. I am so grateful for his encouragement. I don't think I could have matched with a better counselor!
He provides great insight on issues along with quotes that prove to be very helpful during stressful times
Patrick was extremely helpful to me!
Patrick has a fantastic, calming personality and a very helpful view of the world. He does not judge or criticize, but provides multiple views of a situation and helps me get out of my own head!
This option is really great for me, and Patrick really nailed the needs and worries I've been having very early in the sessions.
Patrick is a great counsellor. He immediately identified my problems with sensitivity and politeness. He also allowed me space to come to my own conclusions while encouraging me to listen to my own internal truths. I found his advice nurturing, positive and intelligent. Thanks, Patrick!