Deborah Smith
Level 2 Trained

Deborah Smith

303 Bradley Blvd., Suite 206 Richland, WA  99352 United States
(509) 946-9715(509) 946-9715
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Languages

English

Availability

Monday 1:00pm-5:00pm, Tuesdays through Fridays 9:00am-7:00pm.

Insurance Accepted

Yes

I accept most insurance plans as well as Master Card and Visa. My sliding scale is based on income with a minimum of $70.00 for a 53 minute session and $100.00 for an 80 minute session. Most couple and family sessions will be 80 minutes.

Payment Policies
Credit cards accepted

Sliding scale

Qualifications
  • Degree: Ed.M.
  • Field: Counseling Psychology
  • Year graduated: 2002
  • Practice since: 2002
  • License states: Washington
About

"Too often we under estimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to a life around." -Leo Buscaglia

Having completed Level 2 training in the Gottman method, I see how this research based method has shown this to be true in any long lasting relationship. I view my role as a facilitator to guide couples and individuals in discovering these simple truths. My work in this respect includes marital and premarital counseling in heterosexual and GBLT individuals.

As a therapist who uses a gentle, direct approach - throwing in humor when appropriate - I am drawn to research based models such as the Gottman method, CBT and DBT as it helps clients know the approaches I use will work, if they do the required work. Treatment plans are tailored to the individual/couple. Through the DBT National Certification and Accreditation Association I am a certified DBT therapist.

The CBT and DBT are used in my work with individuals who suffer from depression, mood and anxiety disorders, those with borderline traits, individuals diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder and those who engage in self-harming.

My undergraduate degree was received from Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina and is in Business Administration. After self analysis, I realized my talents lay in helping others so I obtained my masters in Counseling Psychology from Washington State University. I have been in the profession since 2002 and in 2005 became a licensed mental health counselor in Washington.

In the current economic climate it is often not possible for people to get away from work therefore I offer appointments after 5:00pm on Tuesday through Fridays.

Special populations

Adolescents

Children

GBLT

Muticultural

Services
  • Individual
  • Couples
  • Family
Specialties
  • ADHD
  • Anger
  • Depression
  • Dissociative Disorder
  • Domestic Violence
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Infertility
  • Parenting
  • Phobias
  • PTSD
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Social Anxiety
Specialized Ages
  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders