About Me

I believe that counseling is a team effort with both of us having unique roles. My role is to be your coach and cheerleader but the actual work belongs to you. I will be right there in your corner cheering you on and assisting you if you stumble.

My approach to counseling:
My primary approach to therapy is called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, also known as ACT. This is a form of counseling is a scientifically supported and provides positive outcomes. ACT uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies mixed in different ways. This approach also addresses commitment and behavior-change strategies that have the ability to increase psychological flexibility. Because the therapeutic process is not a “one size fits all” I use a variety of techniques in therapy, trying to find what will work best for you. These techniques are likely to include dialogue, interpretation, cognitive reframing, awareness exercises, self-monitoring experiments, visualization, journal keeping, drawing, and reading books. Frequently I will provide you with homework assignments that are geared towards developing skills for you to use outside the therapy environment. These exercises assist in not only strengthening your brain but also your behavioral changes. I also am certified in integrative mental health and utilize nutrition and diet as a tool for improving mental health and wellness.

I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida. Additionally, I earned a Master of Science degree in counseling from Nova Southeastern University.

Experience:
I completed my internship with and began my career in outpatient substance abuse counseling. During that time I also worked in detox and inpatient facilities. The vast majority of my work was with client’s who had dual diagnoses; meaning not only substance abuse but other mental health concerns; particularly PTSD. I have worked with children on an outpatient and inpatient basis. Most recently I have been working with adults at a community level. This population spans diagnoses ranging from anxiety and stress disorder to chronic and persistent mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. I have taken specialized training and certification classes in Trauma Focused Therapy and anxiety reduction skills.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Eating disorders
  • Self esteem
Also experienced in:
Grief , Parenting issues , Anger management , Bipolar disorder , Depression , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , Body Image , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Drug and Alcohol Addiction , Eating and Food-Related Issues , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 8

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LMHC #MH14043 (Expires: 2023-03-31)


Reviews

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

Written by L.O. on May 15, 2022 after therapy with Terriee for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and anger management

Terriee is a wonderful therapist! I never feel I have to "hold back" anything and always feel free to ask for direction or support.

Written by M.I. on May 13, 2022 after therapy with Terriee for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, anger management, and adhd

She’s wonderful

Written by A.N. on May 05, 2022 after therapy with Terriee for 4 months on issues concerning depression, and self esteem

She is personalized, empathetic, smart, and truly cares about helping me.

Written by C.A. on Apr 26, 2022 after therapy with Terriee for 9 months

Terriee is the best therapist and in many ways: listening, communication, feedback, support, knowledge , experience and kindness.

Written by K.E. on Apr 11, 2022 after therapy with Terriee for 11 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and anger management

Terrie has helped me remember who I am in the year that I’ve been talking to her in weekly sessions. I’ve gone from someone dealing with suicidal thoughts and rage to someone who is more peaceful and able to identify triggers that put me in a bad mental space. I was very skeptical of therapy. It didn’t work for me before. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done, showing up for myself day after day. But I really do feel the difference and so does my family.

Written by D.E. on Mar 23, 2022 after therapy with Terriee for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and coping with life changes

I have truly enjoyed my time with Terriee. She’s has helped me go through some anxious times. I’m a better person since working with her.

Written by C.H. on Feb 15, 2022 after therapy with Terriee for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, grief, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Terrie is like an unbiased educated mom you get good advice and feedback from. She’s good at this. She helps me.

Written by C.H. on Jan 23, 2022 after therapy with Terriee for 2 weeks on issues concerning trauma and abuse

Terriee gives you the tools, guides you on how to use them and encourages you along the way. She made me feel comfortable in the first 5 minutes of speaking and I’ve been able to be very open with her.

Written by R.O. on Oct 26, 2021 after therapy with Terriee for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and family conflicts

Terriee is a supportive counselor that gives strategic feedback to focus on your goals and what you want to accomplish. I’m happy to have found her!

Written by K.A. on Oct 26, 2021 after therapy with Terriee for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and coping with life changes

She’s very good

Written by J.E. on Oct 12, 2021 after therapy with Terriee for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd

Terriee is great! No nonsense right to thebpoint

Written by T.O. on Oct 11, 2021 after therapy with Terriee for 2 months on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, self esteem, and adhd

Terriee is very caring and insightful.

Written by M.A. on Sep 23, 2021 after therapy with Terriee for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and coping with life changes

Terriee has been fantastic, in the short time that we have been having sessions I feel very comfortable discussing my feelings and troubles with her. Our sessions are a 100% judgment-free zone, I feel heard, that my perspective is validated, and she is very gracious and kind when asking me about why/why I feel a certain way and guiding me towards the source and potential resolution of my feelings.

Written by M.A. on Sep 09, 2021 after therapy with Terriee for 6 months

She’s simply, the best!

Written by J.A. on Aug 27, 2021 after therapy with Terriee for 3 months on issues concerning intimacy-related issues

Incredible expertise, a wonderful clinician and any clients would be blessed to have her as a provider. Insight and keen understanding makes her a valuable asset to any company.

Written by J.I. on Aug 23, 2021 after therapy with Terriee for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Truly enjoy my conversations with Terriee, I look forward to our weekly meetings.

Written by I.V. on May 23, 2021 after therapy with Terriee for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

I felt a great connection with my counselor since day one. I feel like I can talk freely about how I feel and I’m never judged. She has understood how I felt and why and she remembers clearly everything I tell her which I appreciate. She gives me the validation I haven’t received from many counselors, friends and even family in regard to my problems. I’m very happy and grateful I found this app and her!!

Written by H.A. on May 20, 2021 after therapy with Terriee for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

Talking to Terriee has been so helpful for me. She understands my issues, and is very kind in her delivery. She has helped me practice mindfulness, and encourages me.

Written by M.A. on Apr 30, 2021 after therapy with Terriee for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, and family conflicts

Great listening. I can tell she cares

Written by L.A. on Apr 25, 2021 after therapy with Terriee for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

She’s very attentive and has excellent suggestions for me to continue to grow

Written by A.R. on Apr 14, 2021 after therapy with Terriee for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties

Terriee is amazing, so blessed to have found her

Written by K.A. on Mar 01, 2021 after therapy with Terriee for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and coaching

I really enjoy talking with Terriee. She makes me feel heard in a way that I didn’t realize I needed. She is very kind and opening up to her felt effortless, even though that is a very rare occurrence for me. She keeps me in check and reminds me to schedule my next visit and checks in often.

Work with me!