Annie Smith, ACMHC
I resonate with the idea that connections to yourself and others are vital to your health and healing. The therapeutic connections I create in my work are approached from a trauma informed stance where it’s paramount that you feel respected and safe. I provide patience and perspective during your struggle of discovering which steps to take to build your best solution to life’s unexpected turns.
In our collaborative journey, I want to offer space for new relationships to emerge with your own emotions. Your inner world can transform into a gentler, kinder place, as we strive to challenge harsh, critical self-talk that is rife with comparisons and judgements. This process develops by identifying sources of shame, incorporating self-compassion and increasing resiliency, even if that’s by recognizing innate strengths and traits. By understanding relationship dynamics and coping responses, new peaks of emotional awareness and identities of empowerment can be created.
It is an honor to be part of the experience of creating meaning from your individual story enabling you to live more authentically. It’s also a privilege to join with you in making peace with yourself when you aren’t reaching your ideals and help you get back on track.
My approach is particularly helpful for expecting or new mothers and fathers in the postpartum period, anyone dealing with reproductive loss or fertility concerns, and any individuals experiencing anxiety, distress or depression. I use a variety of techniques drawing from my training in attachment, interpersonal process, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), mindfulness, solution-focused counseling and wellness coaching.
Masters Degree of Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Westminster College; summa cum laude
Bachelors Degree of Psychology: University of Utah
Crisis Line Operator for Rape Recovery Center (2012-2016)
Grief Groups at The Sharing Place (2008-2016)
American Counseling Association
Utah and American Mental Health Counselor’s Association