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Lauren Smith Psychotherapy, LCSW

Dr. Lauren Smith has worked in various settings, including foster care, jails, and schools. She specializes in working with children and adolescents who have experienced trauma, depression, and anxiety. She also has experience with behavioral concerns, anger, and familial problems. In her private practice, Dr. Smith offers individual and family counseling sessions.

Specialties
  • Anxiety and Panic Disorders
  • Depression
  • LGBTQIA+
  • Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Pay with insurance
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Cigna
  • Aetna
  • UMR
  • Oscar
  • UHC Student Resources
  • AllSavers UHC
  • Harvard Pilgrim
Pay out-of-pocket
  • $ $ $ $ $
    $80-140
Licensed in
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  • Florida
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“My counseling style is laid-back and conversational; I believe in creating safe and open spaces for people to be themselves and share their truths.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I hold a BA in psychology with a minor in children's studies and a master's degree in social work. I was licensed as a clinical social worker in the state of Florida in 2020. I earned my doctorate of social work at Walden University. As previously stated, I have worked in various settings including foster care, jails, and schools. I am an African American woman who was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. I have a brother who is developmentally delayed. Through this experience, I was exposed to the struggles associated with receiving social services. I have also worked jobs with at-risk youth, which exposed me to the needs of inner-city youth. All of this inspires my passion for working with children and adolescents. Time spent working in the men's jail in Memphis has helped me develop into a clinical social worker who is comfortable addressing various issues, comfortable in various settings, and well-rounded.
What should someone know about working with you?
My counseling style is laid-back and conversational; I believe in creating safe and open spaces for people to be themselves and share their truths. My approach combines cognitive behavioral, humanistic, psychodynamic, and attachment counseling. I will tailor the treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
For my dissertation and graduation requirements from Walden University, I researched the experiences of African American, sexual, minority women as they relate to counseling. The purpose of the qualitative study was to understand the experiences of African American, sexual, minority, female youth, ages 18 to 24, who were participating in community-based counseling in Central Florida. The research shed light on the health disparity faced by women of color, the need to educate service providers working with LGB women of color, and the challenges faced by sexual women of color due to their identities as LGB women and minorities.
“My approach combines cognitive behavioral, humanistic, psychodynamic, and attachment counseling.”
Interested in speaking with Lauren?