Liz Smith

Dr. Liz Smith is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who has been providing therapy to clients for six years. She has experience with providing therapy for a range of presenting concerns, including anxiety, depression, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Dr. Smith also spent three years working with military veterans and their families at the VA. She has particular expertise in treating severe mental health conditions, including schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders....

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Finding Help with Depression Counseling: Suicide Awareness Month

September is suicide awareness month. Suicidal thoughts can affect anyone, any age, class, or gender. Typically, suicidal thoughts are impacted by mental health issues including depression. If you know someone struggling with depression and are uncertain whether they may be having thoughts of harming themselves, don’t hesitate to ask them. A common myth is that...

Counseling Exercises Part II: Parenting with Empathy

I wanted to follow up last month’s blog post with one about empathy and its impact on children and their development. In our last blog, we talked about how empathy is the ability to see things from another person’s perspective, to put yourself in their shoes, and went over some couples counseling exercises to practice...

Counseling Exercises Part I: Where Did the Empathy Go?

Have we become so busy and consumed by our own troubles and worries that we no longer have room or capacity for empathy? One of the very traits that distinguishes us from other creatures is our ability to have empathy. Put simply, empathy is the ability to see things from another person’s perspective, to “put...

Anxiety or Trauma Triggers

Anxiety is a very common experience for people and can be quite unnerving at times. Typically, the more we expose ourselves to these situations the easier they tend to get. Whereas the more we avoid these things that bring us anxiety the larger the anxiety can get. Although avoidance can feel good in the short...

Couples Check-Ins

This month we focus on how you can connect more with your husband, wife, spouse or significant other with one simple weekly task. It’s called the couples check-in. When you think about it, anyone who has worked a job has likely had to attend weekly meetings, huddles, or get togethers with co-workers. This time is...

Active Listening

Active listening is a method of listening and replying that improves understanding.  It can be one of the first steps we take to reduce tension in a situation and where we can begin to find solutions to problems.  Active listening is when we do not only hear the words someone is saying, but we process...

Addiction and Substance Abuse

Addiction can involve the use of many different types of substances, including alcohol, opioids, nicotine, marijuana and even addictive behaviors such as gambling.  Studies have shown that addictive behaviors share certain neurological features such as reward and reinforcement. Alcohol abuse occurs when an individual drinks in a situation, manner, frequency or amount where that individual...

Improve your Relationship with your Partner

Relationships are not easy, and maintaining one takes work from each person involved.  There are ways to enhance the bond between a couple and it takes commitment, mutual respect and effort.  Every relationship is different, and no relationship is perfect.  However, you can use some strategies to keep your relationship healthy and positive. When communicating...

Summer Anxiety

Although summer tends to be seen as a season of joy and happiness, it can surprisingly contribute to increased anxiety.  Warm weather can contribute to health issues including lack of sleep and dehydration.  These can contiribute to the body feeling more stressed and thus more anxious.  Your mental well-being can be negatively impacted during the...