Robyn Smith-McLeish

(MSW, LCSW, CCTP)

About Me

Imagine looking in the mirror, and loving the reflection staring back at you. What would it feel like to not feel burden by anxiety, depression, confusion, anger, and grief? What would it feel like to see confidence, calmness, clarity, compassion, courage, and joy in your reflection? In life, we experience a lot of joyful moments that allow us to feel grateful for what we have, but then there are those painful, confusing and overwhelming moments that really burdens us and we wonder if we will ever feel peace, confidence, and happiness again. We look in the mirror and at times cannot recognize the person staring back at us and we wonder, "how did I get to this point in my life, and can I get past it?" It can be scary to reach out to a counselor because you worry "what does it mean if I am in counseling", or "can a counselor really help me be happy again?" I'm here to say, "yes I can help you and yes, you can be happy again".

Here in therapy, you will be able to embark on a new journey to self-discovery where you can learn to change your reflection within yourself and your environment; where you will learn to be a better version of yourself. You will be able to love the reflection staring back at you.

I received my Master's in Social Work degree from Columbia University in the city of New York, and am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I focus on working with adults struggling with traumatic experiences such as gun violence, domestic violence, and physical and sexual abuse. In addition to trauma, I address depression, anxiety, parenting, grief, adjustments to life changes, and caregivers coping with caring for a child with chronic medical illness. I am a trauma-informed specialist trained in play-therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Adoption Competency, Internal Family Systems and am certified as a Clinical Trauma Professional. My approach to therapy is a holistic approach, where I take into consideration your environment when working with you. I view therapy as a journey toward self-exploration. It is a method of you learning who you truly are, learning how you cope and adapt to life changes, and becoming a better version of yourself. My goal, as your therapist, is to facilitate this inner growth by guiding your inner thoughts and challenging your current perspective.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Family conflicts
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Depression
  • ADHD

I also have experience in Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue

Years of Experience: 9

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCSW #SW12825 (Expires: 2021-03-01)


Reviews

Written by T.A. on Dec 17, 2019 after counseling with Robyn for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and trauma and abuse

I came to BetterHelp looking for help managing the aftermath of an abusive relationship. It took a few tries to find what I needed on BetterHelp, but it was worth it. I am so happy to have met Robyn. Her deep compassion and expertise meant a lot to me as she helped me work thru various stages of trauma. She is also skilled at keeping things moving toward your goals, while being sensitive to whatever stage you are facing. My highest thanks and recommendation to Robyn.

Written by J.O. on Jul 09, 2019 after counseling with Robyn for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, and coping with life changes

I’m extremely happy with Robin in our first few sessions. The texting allows for freedom and patience in my response... typing it allows me the time to process and think. Robin has allowed me to build some goals and we are working through each which helps me stay organized and that’s key. She is timely and understanding. I am thankful for the ease of this app/ program and for its really easy sign up process

Written by J.A. on Jun 05, 2019 after counseling with Robyn for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, bipolar disorder, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Although I have only had one session with Robin, she’s an excellent counselor and a soon confidant. She understands your emotions on a deep level and healthily validates your achievements. I can’t wait to watch our sessions become more insightful and inspiring with every chat. I highly recommend her, not just as a counselor, but as a caring human being.

Written by S.A. on Jun 01, 2019 after counseling with Robyn for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, sleeping disorders, and self esteem

Having started counseling few years ago and trying various counselors, I can confidently say so far that I have had the best sessions with Robyn so far. Not only is she patient and understanding, but she’s incredibly empathetic and has managed to, in just a few sessions, make me identify patterns and shift my perspective about certain issues. The sessions are helpful and insightful and make you think in ways that you haven’t before. I definitely have begun to understand my grief and anxiety better than before.