Hi, I’m Brittany Smith
I’m excited at the possibility of working with you! I specialize in treating the effects of trauma, including posttraumatic stress and complex trauma using a somatic, DBT, and attachment-based approach. If you’re an adult (18+) experiencing depression, anxiety, or the effects of trauma I might be a good fit for you.
My private practice opens in October of 2022 but get in touch and I can put you on my waiting list. Please be aware that I am not able to provide counseling services of any kind until October when I am set to become a Professional Counselor Associate.
My Approach & Values
I believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to thrive, and that trauma underlies many of the issues that cause people to seek counseling. I also believe that the best outcomes in counseling happen in a supportive and collaborative relationship. My initial work with clients involves establishing safety and creating trust so that all parts of you can show up in the therapeutic relationship and experience healing.
I work with clients to find solutions from within themselves and that emerge from the body, not just the mind. Often, we have the solutions within ourselves but are unable to use those solutions as a result of overwhelming life circumstances, strong emotions, limiting beliefs, and trauma. I use a DBT, trauma-informed body-oriented and attachment approach with clients to help them better access those solutions and live life more fully in the present moment. As a result of my personal experience and the work I do with clients I carry a deeply held belief that healing is possible.
- Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
- Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga
- Level II Certified in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
- Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga Foundational Training
- Masters of Counseling, Oregon State University anticipated September 2022
What’s not to love about mushrooms? I’m a mycology nerd and spend a fair amount of time in the woods, my backyard, and around my neighborhood hunting for various kinds of mushrooms. See the pictures below for some of the treasures I’ve found.
I’m an avid knitter and one of the things I like to knit with is mushroom dyed yarn. You’d be surprised how many mushrooms and lichen in the Portland metro area have dye potential!
One of the things I also love about mushrooms is what they can teach us about connection. Connection with nature (trees communicate through mycelium after all!) and the importance of connecting with each other. The mushroom is the fruiting body of a vast network of mycelium underground that connects trees and provides nutrients. There’s mounting evidence that mushrooms have a language all their own that has striking similarity to human language.
So pull up a toadstool and let’s connect!