KRISTINA SMITH, CSW
SEEING UTAH CLIENTS
My therapy approach is to support and empower my clients to identify their own strengths that will help them overcome life’s challenges. I provide a safe, non-judgmental space for my clients to explore the issues that brought them into therapy. I view each client as a unique individual, and as such, don’t view treatment as a “one-size-fits-all” approach. I work with my clients to develop goals and identify tools that meet their specific needs.
My main areas of focus include eating disorders, LGBTQIA+ issues, women’s issues, trauma, domestic violence, chronic illness, and faith transitions. I am passionate about and experienced in working with LGBTQIA+ individuals, providing a safe and affirming therapeutic space. I operate from a client-centered, health at every size, feminist, and trauma-informed framework.
I truly believe therapy is most impactful when you have a therapist you really connect with. If you think I may be a good fit for you, I would love to schedule a consultation!
Identity disclosure: she/her, cisgender, white
THERAPY MODALITIES I WORK FROM INCLUDE:
Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist through the Arizona Trauma Institute
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Health at Every Size
LICENSE AND EDUCATION
CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER
License number: 12468990-3502
MASTER OF SOCIAL WORK, LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY
One thing that drew me to the social work profession was the emphasis on social justice. My education at LSU reinforced the importance of addressing social issues in this profession and how that applies to the therapy process. My education also provided me with crisis intervention skills, clinical skills with LGBTQIA+ clients, grief counseling, and working with clients dealing with medical needs in addition to my general clinical social work education.
BACHELOR OF PSYCHOLOGY, UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY
During my undergraduate education, I participated in research on topics including the intersection of perfectionism, religiosity, and depression, and social justice matters including feminist issues and racial justice. My research background not only informs my practice as a clinician but also encourages me to stay up to date on current research and best practices in the therapy field.