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Carissa A. Smith


Your journey is the most important aspect of therapy and I would be honored to assist you with that journey in any way I can. People are complex, diverse and interesting, and based on my experience, are just trying to do the best they can. Whether you’ve been in therapy before and are just looking to get “back on track” or you are taking that courageous first step, I would be privileged to help you on your journey.

I have experience treating individuals, couples and families who struggle with depression, anxiety, work-related stress, trauma, addiction, grief and loss. Based on where you would like to start, together we can create goals to improve your mental health and well-being.

I know it can be hard or intimidating to make that initial outreach for therapy, but I promise it’s worth it! There’s always some nerves at the beginning, but I strive to create an understanding, open therapeutic environment always. There are always two experts in the room, and you are the expert on you!”

A little bit about my education and experience: Since senior year of high school, I knew I wanted to be a therapist. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Arizona State University and completed a Master’s Thesis on Narcissism. I then went to University of San Diego to receive my Master’s in Marital and Family Therapy. My first year as a Trainee was working in a Collaborative Care setting, meaning I worked alongside physicians and nurses and provided mental health support. My clients had physical chronic conditions, like diabetes, chronic pain, or epilepsy, in addition to anxiety, depression or trauma, therefore a lot of my work involved the mind-body connection.

The majority of my experience has been in a private practice setting, meeting clients where they are at, and doing my best to offer support on their life’s journey. It would be a privilege to do the same for you.