Hello and welcome! For many people, the decision to enter into therapy can be daunting – you may be unsure of what to expect, you may be uncertain if it will be helpful, and you may be fearful of the idea of sharing a side of yourself with someone you do not know. I am empathetic to this feeling and strive to create a safe and supportive environment for my clients.
I believe the therapeutic relationship between client and therapist is essential to the healing process, and I will collaborate with you to create a trusting environment. I believe that our early experiences continue to influence our present lives and therapy can assist in gaining a fuller understanding of yourself. This can allow you to make more satisfying choices about your relationships, career, and an authentic experience of yourself.
I have experience working with adults struggling with depression, anxiety, low feelings of self-worth, trauma, and relationship conflicts, with additional training in couple’s therapy. My office is conveniently located in Frederick, MD. I am looking forward to speaking with you about your personal journey towards change and growth.
Meet Laura Smith
Laura Smith, LCSW-C started her professional career in 2002 working with adolescents as a residential counselor at the Jefferson School, a program of Sheppard Pratt. Laura continued in this position while completing her Bachelors of Science Degree in Social Work from Hood College and obtaining her Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland School of Social Work in Baltimore. Throughout her academic career, Laura completed two clinical internships: working with the Inmate Services Department at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center and working in the Emergency Department and the Intensive Outpatient Program at Washington County Hospital.