Courtney Smith, LPC


"The very things that hold you down are going to lift you up!" -Timothy Mouse, Dumbo

Are you beginning to notice a change in your child(ren)'s behavior and/or attitude recently? Do you feel that a change needs to be made but are unsure of how therapy can help or how to tackle the next steps?

Sometimes a child's shift in behavior can occur slowly over a course of time while other children seem to shift overnight. Whether your child is experiencing intense trantrums, difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, seeming suddenly more irritable, using increase negative self- talk, adjusting to new life events, or appears to be "grumpy" all of the time?

I am here to help you better understand age appropriate development through the life span. Let's work together, as a team, to help you and your child's emotional intelligence by learning new skills (i.e., identifying underlying emotions, communicating more effectively by using words, advocating for help in challenging situations, and learning positive coping strategies to use when experiencing big emotions and/or during difficult situations).

As a therapist, I provide a safe place for my clients to process difficult experiences, have meaningful conversations, and learn new ways to express as well as communicate with others. A main goal I have as a therapist is to help guide my clients and their families to grow in strength and love themselves and others.

My Experience: For as long as I can remember, I knew that I wanted to help others. Before diving into private practice, I worked as a counselor at a therapeutic day school and within community mental health. Having the opportunity to do so, I discovered my passion for helping
guide others in exploring their strengths, abilities to succeed, and learn new ways to cope with every day life stressors. I thoroughly love working with the littles (also known as younger children around 4 years old+) but I also enjoy working with older children, teens, and young adults. I believe in the importance of establishing strong rapport with my clients in a nurturing and safe space that promotes growth through support and building therapeutic interventions. I have experience working with children and adolescents who struggle with anxiety, ADHD, anger management, impulsivity, stress management, family conflicts, adjustments at home and/or school, social challenges, emotion regulation, and more.

Furthermore, I have a personal pet, a dog, named Alvin, who is currently working towards the goal of becoming a certified therapy dog. You may find him at the office working and training as a co-therapist that complements the clinical work with clients at Roots of Resilience.

When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my children, taking my dogs on walks, spending time outside, traveling, cooking, and baking.

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