Dr. Smith’s interest and background in the social sciences spans several decades and disciplines. While her academic degrees and training are in clinical psychology, she spent her early college years studying cross-cultural anthropology, philosophy, comparative world religions, and various art forms. Her theoretical orientation and clinical approach are rooted in contemporary psychoanalysis, neuroscience, and cognitive psychology. She has been strongly influenced by existential and eastern philosophies, including mindfulness theories.
Over the course of her career development, Dr. Smith has treated individuals of diverse ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status. She has expertise in child, adolescent, and adult psychology and is a clinical supervisor and metal health consultant.
She has trained and worked in a variety of mental health settings including, special education classrooms, art rehabilitation programs, inpatient psychiatric hospitals and outpatient community mental health facilities.
Dr. Smith obtained her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.) in 2001 from the California School of Professional Psychology at the Alameda/Berkeley campus. However, she has been training and working in her field in various capacities since 1989. She earned her bachelor degree in clinical psychology at San Francisco State University and her masters degree at the California School of Professional Psychology.
She is licensed in the State of Florida and is a member of the Florida Psychological Association, The Southeast Florida Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology and an adjunct member of the Florida Psychoanalytic Society.