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.
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.
Additional areas of focus: Grief, Parenting issues, Anger management, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, Body Image, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Eating and Food-Related Issues, First Responder Issues, Military and Veterans Issues, Mood Disorders, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Post-traumatic Stress, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Gottman Method, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
FL LMHC MH14043
It is so nice to have Terriee in my corner, helping me understand my truth. She is very prepared and takes the time to understand the big picture by piecing together details she extracts from our discussions in order to create positive change by evaluating ideas under multiple contexts.
Written on Jan 10, 2023 after therapy with Terriee for 5 months on issues concerning trauma and abuse, and self esteem
In 2 sessions, Terriee has helped me shift my views about myself and my trauma as a child. She listens and asks me profound questions that reach my inner feelings. She really moves me to keep on the path of self healing.
Written on Nov 16, 2022 after therapy with Terriee for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and anger management
Terriee Smith makes me feel listened to and appreciated. She often asks me what I am doing for myself to reduce my stress. She understands my problems and offers sound advice.
Written on Oct 25, 2022 after therapy with Terriee for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues
Terriee is a great therapist. I feel the connection with her, it took me a while to find a therapist that I could connect with. I find her suggestions very helpful for my wellbeing.
Written on Oct 13, 2022 after therapy with Terriee for 2 months on issues concerning addictions, trauma and abuse, and eating disorders
Terri has helped me immensely throughout my therapy.
Written on Sep 28, 2022 after therapy with Terriee for 1 year and 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes
Written on Jul 16, 2022 after therapy with Terriee for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, and adhd