Vicki Smith

MEd, LPC

Hi! I'm Vicki Smith. Thanks for taking time to check out some information about how I work and to see if we are a fit. Take care!

Licensed Professional Counselor in Atlanta, GA

Services
  • Individual
  • Group

My Background and Approach

As a client in my 20s, when I found myself asking my therapist about her training and why she was asking me certain questions, I knew it was time to pursue a Masters in Community Counseling. My first jobs were in a residential treatment facility and a psychiatric hospital. I was certified to teach yoga and brought yoga classes to the recovery curriculum as well as staff in both locations. When I branched out into private practice I augmented "talk therapy" sessions with yoga therapy. This body-centered approach, as well as mindfulness study, has become my foundation for therapy. I see therapy as a collaborative connection. I help clients first see the pattern in which they are often stuck, and then help develop a broader perspective towards the pattern in effort to create choices for change. Along with this we work towards cultivating compassion for ourselves as we are making changes. Helping my clients see what they are doing and how they are treating themselves are key components.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

For me, self-care is a struggle. Being an overachiever and a perfectionist, taking care of myself used to come 3rd on my list. To be productive and efficient, taking time to resource myself is vital. Mindfulness is a consistent and meaningful practice that has assisted me in calming down, finding clarity and proceeding with perspective. Because mindfulness and yoga are cornerstones of my personal practice, I have made it a priority to share the benefits of these practices in the community. I created Project F.E.T.C.H. (Fostering Empathy Together Canines and Humans) that focused on helping adolescents and shelter dogs. Shelter dogs were paired with students in an after-school program. They trained the dogs to be more adoptable while we helped them learn compassion/empathy in effort to reduce bullying. I have also assisted with Canine Cellmates, a program for prisoners training shelter dogs for adoption. Animals are amazing teachers. I love working with them in whatever capacity I can.

Insurance Plans Accepted
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)

At A Glance

  • Experience: 20 years of practice
  • Rate: $100 - 140/session

Info

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1788-B Century Blvd
Atlanta, GA 30345

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