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Dr. Sonya Smith, Psychologist

Stress, Anxiety Trauma and abuse Grief Self esteem Depression
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About me

I am a clinical psychologist with over 14 years of clinical experience. I have provided therapy in juvenile justice, residential treatment and currently Veterans. I have experience treating mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma, women’s issues and substance abuse.

I primarily approach therapy from a cognitive behavioral perspective. I seek to help clients understand how unhelpful thinking patterns prompt negative emotions and keep a person stuck and unrecovered. I see therapy as an opportunity to help my client identify the roots of unhelpful thinking patterns, identify opportunities for change and engage in the work of modifying behaviors that often lead to distress. The best quality of life for my client is the overarching treatment goal.

I see the therapeutic process as a safe and supportive environment in which negative cycles may be broken. I work hard to establish a therapeutic relationship through compassion and genuine feedback. Therapy is a collaborative endeavor and I appreciate the honor of walking this journey with those in pain. I love what I do!

Professional experience

21yrs in practice

Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Intimacy-related issues, Coping with life changes, Abandonment, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Divorce and Separation, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Infidelity, Isolation/Loneliness, Life Purpose, Military and Veterans Issues, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues

Clinical approaches: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

License information

VA Psychologist 0810003270


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

Dr. Smith is a fantastic therapist! She helped me get through a very complex matter in my life, which I am incredibly grateful for. Her faith-based perspective was something, I greatly appreciated and valued throughout our sessions.

Written on Dec 03, 2022 after therapy with Sonya for 1 year and 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

She's extremely helpful and insightful. She's very easy to talk to. She has truly changed my previous opinions about therapy.

Written on Sep 12, 2022 after therapy with Sonya for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, parenting issues, anger management, and bipolar disorder

Dr. Smith is a true master of her craft; which was very hesitant to go to therapy and had no idea what to expect my first therapist I matched with was not a goood fit but Dr. Smith has been amazing. She listens, she challenges me and she provides constructive and easy to understand perspectives that I might not have otherwise considered when facing challenges. I’d recommend her services with out a doubt and have come to realize this is what therapy should look like and it is no wonder why so many people swear by it.

Written on Jul 06, 2022 after therapy with Sonya for 11 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Dr. Smith is very empathetic and human in every way possible when it comes to relational intelligence. Most often therapist lose their han connection because of what they do making it difficult for me as a patient to be comfortable sharing with them. But Dr. Smith is empathetic, pays attention and asks the right questions to help answer questions I didn't even know I was asking myself. She makes me think about my situation and what could have led me to come to the conclusions I made all while ensuring that I know she hears me and understands me first as a person and then as a professional helping me navigate the issues I'm facing.

Written on Apr 15, 2022 after therapy with Sonya for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and trauma and abuse

She talks to me like a friend. I find this feeling of bestfriend support from her despite it being timed. I have no words to describe how thankful i am for her.

Written on Apr 05, 2022 after therapy with Sonya for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and adhd

Dr. smith has been wonderful. I feel like I am actually being heard, and he suggestions are very helpful.

Written on Jan 20, 2022 after therapy with Sonya for 2 months on issues concerning depression, and stress, anxiety