About Me

I am a licensed clinical social worker in Florida with over 20 years of experience. I am Protestant and have been active in my church for many years. For the past 12 years I have provided faith based therapy for members of my church who are referred by the pastoral staff.

My perspective on Christian therapy is that it is therapy utilizing therapeutic techniques from popular psychology but inviting the Father, Son & Holy Spirit to lead the process as complicated life issues are addressed. However, I invite my clients to determine the depth of spiritual involvement they want to include in therapy.

I have worked with clients with a variety of concerns including depression, anxiety, guilt, shame, relationship issues, ineffective communication skills, grief, stages of life issues, career challenges, spiritual concerns related to individual concerns or concerns related to the individual’s experience in a church.

My therapy style is relaxed, patient and supportive. I collaborate with clients to determine the goals of treatment and the best approach for each individual. I incorporate client’s strengths as well as the areas of concern.

My approach is a combination of cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, dialectical behavioral and solution focused therapy from a spiritual perspective. Each client is asked what his/her spiritual background is and how they want to incorporate it in the therapy process.

It takes self-awareness and courage to identify barriers to the positive Christian life you want and to make the decision to work toward making those changes. I’m pleased to partner with you on this journey.

I’m looking forward to meeting you and to starting the journey!


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Grief
  • Depression
  • Coping with life changes
Also experienced in:
Career difficulties , Coaching , Compassion fatigue , Aging and Geriatric Issues , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Forgiveness , Guilt and Shame , Hospice and End of Life Counseling , Midlife Crisis , Mood Disorders , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 24

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCSW #SW8172 (Expires: 2023-03-31)


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Deborah Smith. We don’t pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with Faithful Counseling might be different.

Written by M.A. on Jul 25, 2022 after therapy with Deborah for 2 months

Deborah is a professional in every sense of the word. I highly recommend her as therapist.

Work with me!