Loretta Smith

(LCSW)

About Me

Life is a journey, and when you strive to walk in the footsteps of your faith, that journey may seem to be getting even more rocky than you intended. Mental and behavioral health seem to be a significant challenge when pairing up against faith at times. Many of the temptations in the world pull us further away from our focus on faith, which cause us internal conflict. I am here to help you overcome these challenges whether they stem from sin, chronic mental illness, abuse, and even those directly associated with the church and the leaders.

I was born and raised in the Catholic faith. As I entered college, I transitioned to attending Methodist services, and since 2008, my family and I have attended non-denominational churches in our area. Each faith, spirituality, and denomination are viewed and practiced differently. Even though my transition into a similar yet different denomination I experienced many of the typical abandonment, shaming, and unhelpful support with the intention to bring me back to one side over the other. In my current practice of therapy, I work with everyone to identify the importance of faith in their healing. Most people I have seen see faith and spirituality as a stuck point, and even if they are not involved in their faith, they still find themselves going back there and asking questions. I am not a minister and I do not have an agenda for one denomination over another. If you have come to this site seeking counseling and support, then I will meet you where you are. The level of vulnerability one experiences when seeking help outside the “normal” venues (family, friends, teachers, church officials) is often faced with intentional or unintentional degrading, lower self-esteem, and even bullying in various forms.

I am honored that you would give counseling a chance, and I am even more honored that you will let me walk this path with you. In my experience over the years, I have noticed that each individual really does have the answers they need, and the therapist is more of a guide and a safe space to express themselves without fear of rejection or further harm in their healing and getting back to where they want to be.

Below you will see the areas of treatment I am familiar with as well at those I have a strong history of working with. I typically work with adult individuals, families, couples, relationships, and children. I make every attempt to first build rapport with each of you and then work with you in whatever platform you would like to use in order to meet your goals.

Another important thing to note is that I will typically have my therapy dog (Bernedoodle) who is in training with me during sessions. If this would make you uncomfortable, please let me know and he can take a break at that time!

As COVID and isolation restrictions are changing throughout the world, I know access to mental health services are almost more important than ever. I work extremely hard to offer you a schedule that works for you. Currently, I am available 7days a week. My start times and end times vary between 8am-11pm EDT/EST, and my typical response times to unscheduled messages are between 24-72 hours. If you ever need a specific schedule due to your time zone or work needs, please know that I will make every effort to meet those for you.

About Loretta:
Loretta Graduated from Ball State University in 2008 with a bachelor’s in Family and Child Development and a minor in social work. Loretta went on to teach and develop parenting curriculum's as well as lesson plans for toddlers and preschoolers at the university child center. Loretta continued her family and child work into foster care settings. Loretta went on to receive her Master’s in Social Work from IUPUI in 2015 and began providing services to teens, children, and families in schools. Loretta's most recent role outside the home was as a therapist and team leader for adults, children, addictions, and Serious Mentally Ill (SMI) populations. Loretta is married with 2 children and a dog and enjoys traveling and being in the sun.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Family conflicts
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Grief
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Addictions , LGBT , Relationship issues , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Abandonment , Adoption and Foster Care , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 5

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCSW #34008437A (Expires: 2022-04-01)


Reviews

Written by N.A. on May 18, 2020 after counseling with Loretta for 2 months

Loretta is very generous with her time and is very understanding and encouraging. She’s able to pick up what the issue and need is and offers practical advice and resources such as recommendations of books and articles to help you. She’s great and I highly recommend her!

Written by J.E. on Mar 18, 2020 after counseling with Loretta for 2 months

I love that Loretta Smith is compassionate. She listens and thoughtfully responds. She gives actionable advice on how to deal with challenges. I would recommend her to anyone who needs a counselor.

Written by J.U. on Feb 06, 2020 after counseling with Loretta for 3 months

Loretta is the best. She always has time to help me.

Written by B.E. on Jan 20, 2020 after counseling with Loretta for 2 weeks

Loretta is a great listener and has really helped me sort through my own thoughts and concerns about situations happening in my life. She is kind and easy to talk to, which I really appreciate. I highly recommend her!

Written by T.I. on Jan 08, 2020 after counseling with Loretta for 1 month

Loretta is the first person I have talked to since the loss of my son that actually listens and finds ways to support and help me through this. I am so thankful for her experience, concern, advice, and knowledge.

Written by L.A. on Aug 08, 2019 after counseling with Loretta for 2 weeks

Loretta has been amazing in the couple of weeks since we started talking! She's able to get to the heart of the matter and help me pinpoint the exact things I need to work on to get healthy. She's great at offering links to resources and sending me helpful worksheets to get me thinking. With the tools she's given me, I already feel like I'm starting to heal!

Written by T.I. on Aug 08, 2019 after counseling with Loretta for 2 weeks

I am so grateful for Loretta! With each session, I feel so much better about the next steps for recovering WELL.