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Shelley Smith, LMFT

Stress, Anxiety Relationship issues Grief Depression Coping with life changes
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About me

My name is Shelley Smith and I have been a licensed Marriage Family Therapist in Los Angeles, California for over 20 years. I
also ran a very successful and respected fertility program California. I enjoy helping people transform their lives, and I would love to help you find ways to make your life better. There are a lot of opportunities and tools I can show you as you guide me through your life.
I work from a humanistic model, holding my clients in high regard, and collaborating together to find the tools and
strategies to complement their unique experiences. I believe in self actualization, empathy, and a practical solution oriented use of suggestions and referrals. Our sessions should be filled with insight, warmth, humor and hope and built on a foundation of trust.
As you are reaching out for counseling, it may be likely that something has recently overwhelmed you; perhaps a loss, a
family issue, or workplace woes. Coping with the COVID-19 pandemic and our changing world can be extremely stressful
and isolating; together we can help you find ways to take care of yourself and find coping strategies. Virtual sessions can be
meaningful. I commend you for making a decision to empower yourself to make a change. I want to help you
find your purpose, examine your goals, deal with your emotions, and provide you with genuine support to help you live
your best life.

Professional experience

20yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Relationship issues Grief Depression Coping with life changes

Additional areas of focus: Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Attachment Issues, Blended Family Issues, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Divorce and Separation, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fertility Issues, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Mood Disorders, Postpartum Depression, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues

Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Services offered




License information

CA LMFT 30729


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

Shelley is very understanding and accommodating to your needs and feelings

Written on Aug 08, 2021 after therapy with Shelley for 4 months on issues concerning relationship issues, and coping with life changes

Shelley is a wonderful therapist. You can really tell that she is passionate about what she does. She is very present and passionate about understanding me and helping me . She goes above and beyond with helping me find solutions to problems and looking at things from a new perspective. She is always on time to sessions and answers messages in a timely manner. The few times there has been technical difficulties on my end she is always quick to find a new solution to the problem and won’t stop trying until it is fixed. She is kind, compassionate and has a way with words that just make it so easy to comprehend. (Even with the most challenging topics) every time I end a session with Shelley I feel relieved. I also feel like I am walking away with more knowledge and confidence in my feelings, thoughts and actions. Every session I have had with her we have detangled a new complicated issue and simplified it and found solutions. I have had many therapists in my life but none like Shelley. I have Grown the most with her simply because of her passion and way with words.

Written on Jun 19, 2021 after therapy with Shelley for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Shelley is a great counselor. Patient, kind, experienced, and a great listener. I feel very fortunate to have her as my therapist here at better help.

Written on May 31, 2021 after therapy with Shelley for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and career difficulties

Shelley is the best and I am so grateful I got matched with her. Her kindness and her expertise came through in each and every conversation, and I got so much out of my sessions with her. This was the first time I had ever sought counseling for anything, and I am so glad that I did and that I got to work with Shelley. She helped me through some specific anxiety and stress issues - and also gave me strategies and a mindset that will help me in many future situations. I can't recommend her highly enough.

Written on Apr 20, 2021 after therapy with Shelley for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety