Dr. Elizabeth Smith earned her B.S. in Biology (Pre-Med) from Palm Beach Atlantic University, and a M.S. from Palm Beach Atlantic University in Mental Health Counseling, specializing in Addictions and Mental Health, and a Ph.D. in Counseling from Florida Atlantic University. She is currently a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Her experience in the mental health and substance abuse field is extensive, having worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings for the past ten years.
She is a compassionate counselor dedicated to providing exceptional care and has a strong track record of working with diverse client populations in individual, group, and family settings. She has a sound knowledge of theoretical applications with special interest in cognitive behavioral therapy. She has an innate ability to establish rapport with clients and effectively develop professional and therapeutic relationships that are built on trust.
In addition to cognitive behavioral therapy, Dr. Smith utilizes a strength-based approach with her clients, acknowledging that every individual has a unique set of strengths and abilities so that he/she can rely on to overcome challenges. The strengths-based approach aligns itself with the notion of mental health/substance abuse recovery by focusing on person’s ability, helping them develop the confidence to embark on the journey of recovery and aiding them to progress towards mental health/substance abuse recovery.
In addition to counseling, Dr. Smith is involved in research, editing, publication, and teaching. She is an Editorial Board Member for The Family Journal and is The Managing Editor for The American Journal of Family Therapy. Dr. Smith is an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate Mental Health Counseling Program at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida.