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.
Laura started as a psychotherapist in 2008 and has worked in a variety of settings including a community mental health center, a private group practice, and a private practice. In 2012, Laura was accepted into and completed a post-graduate level program for Psychodynamic Psychotherapy with a concentration in Couples Therapy through the Washington School of Psychiatry in Washington DC.
Because of Laura’s experience, she has a particular fondness for working with adolescents as well as couples. Her specific areas of interest and specialty are relationship conflicts, anxiety, depression, trauma, identity and feelings of self-worth, and the process of personal growth.