About Dr. Smith

dr. smith headshotMy practice is dedicated to helping clients improve their lives through personal growth. I am a clinical psychologist and a licensed clinical social worker in New York City. I have been in private practice specializing in multicultural counseling for more than 20 years, working with individuals, couples, families, and groups.

My practice fundamentally includes the concern and awareness of the client’s racial or ethnic identity, country of origin, physical ability, sexual and gender preference, and spiritual and religious affiliation.

My postgraduate work includes psychoanalytical training at the Karen Horney Institute, Modern Psychoanalysis Analysis and Group Studies at The Center for Group Studies. My coaching studies have been with Growth, Inc., and I have done some advanced postgraduate study toward a Master Personal Coach certificate at Mentor Coach. My most recent learning is understanding the complexity of the brain. With this knowledge, I can help clients change their thought processing with mindfulness-awareness. Hence, clients can become better aware of their own troublesome beliefs and behavior that get in the way of achieving a sense of well-being.

In addition to working with clients, I lecture and present seminars on mental health issues. I have, for close to 20 years, directed my practice to help clients with post-traumatic stress.

My experience also includes facilitating motivational and personal growth groups and workshops. I have worked extensively with children, adolescents, adults, and the physically challenged in the New York public school system and various mental health organizations.

Treatment areas include:
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Sexual/physical abuse
Anxiety/worry stress management
Depression, bipolar disorder
Intimacy, relationship, connection difficulties
Anger management
Workplace performance and career-related concerns
Coping with medical conditions or physical illnesses
Grief/mourning responses to loss (related to employment, relationships, pets)
Self-esteem issues

My Credentials
Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology, Union Institute, and University, 2001
MSSW, Columbia University, 1980
BS, Fordham University, 1977