Hello. I'm Dr. Katherine Smith. My patients describe me as direct, smart, funny, and kind. For me, being a therapist is a calling.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Beverly Hills, CA
My dissertation was on the topic of treating suicidal patients and I have worked with dozens of people who experience suicidal thoughts, aka Suicidal Ideation (SI). SI is often a symptom of deeper issues, whether existential or circumstantial, which can take time to sort out. In the meantime, we work together to manage SI and keep you safe.
Depression is a common mental health issue, but its cause and symptoms can vary significantly. In order to work through depression, it is important to take the time to address its root cause while we also address the symptoms that can make day-to-day living difficult.
Anxiety symptoms can cause extreme suffering (such as panic attacks) and may even lead to compulsive behaviors like drug use, sexual acting out, or overeating in order to avoid the feeling of anxiety. Working through anxiety requires a combination of managing symptoms in the moment, as well as digging into the primary cause.
Psychodynamic therapy acknowledges that there are internal (often unconscious) processes that lead to psychological distress. The emphasis in psychodynamic therapy is on you and your earliest relationships and how those dynamics developed into your understanding of yourself as well as your behaviors and relationships now. By understanding your internal dynamics, you can develop a new way of being in relationships with yourself and others.
Psychoanalysis is a psychotherapy treatment consisting of 3 to 4 sessions per week. It is an always evolving practice rooted in close human relationships, with more than 100 years of evidence for its efficacy, and increases conscious awareness of the unconscious forces that show up as struggles like depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, compulsions, and relationship issues. The session frequency allows for the depth of relationship that can be a catalyst for lasting change.