Annette Smith

Annette Smith (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

MA, NCC, LPC Registered Associate

Supervisor: Ghassan Ammar, LPC

I help adults navigate the stressful world of parenting, careers, relationships, and the many other life transitions they encounter daily.

Client Status

accepting clients

Contact

971-267-2623

At a Glance

Me

Rate: $40-$90

Provides free initial consultation

Practicing Since: 2022

Languages: English

Services

  • Individual
  • Group
  • Child

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket

My Ideal Client

If you've been feeling overwhelmed, stressed, anxious, depleted, or depressed about the many compounding issues in your life and are wanting to feel some relief, I'll help you get a sense of the issues in your life to help shed light on the areas you are seeking wellness. In today's society, we are constantly being pulled in multiple directions and being told that we can "have it all", but we often find that to "have it all" we must sacrifice too much. You're not alone in these feelings.

My Background and Approach

I have been working with children and families in various capacities for over 20 years and one of the greatest things I have learned is that human connection is a conduit of healing. When there is a lack of connection, humans can feel despair, helplessness, fear, hopelessness, anxiety, and depression. Attachment disruptions, trauma, and lack of emotional attunement can create wounds that are felt for a lifetime. When those wounds go left untreated they can create problems and distress in our lives in the here and now. Healing those wounds become part of the process of gaining wellness, repairing relationships, and becoming fulfilled versions of ourselves. I work with child/parent dyads from prenatal through age 6 years old. I work individually with adults 18+. I specialize in Attachment work in parent/child dyads as well as working with adults to heal their own Attachment disruptions and wounds.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I became a counselor to co-facilitate others' healing journeys. I believe that every individual has the ability to heal themselves and to find the peace and fulfillment they desire. I believe that my role as a counselor is to act as a guide for others on their journey. As a member of the BIPOC community, I am committed to serving those who also identify as BIPOC as well as other communities who have been marginalized in the mental health field. My position as a counselor also places me in the role of a social justice advocate seeking to support individuals in their empowerment.

Techniques I Use

Specialties

  • Attachment Theory External link

    I have used Attachment Theory in the decades of work I have done with children and families. It is a lens through which I use to understand the needs of individuals and to explain the behaviors we see in both children and adults.

  • Coaching External link

    I have been using coaching as a way of supporting individuals in their life and career goals as well as with parenting. It is a useful and complementary tool with use in counseling to help individuals apply practical skills to their lives. Where counseling is a great venue for processing, coaching supports tangible action steps a person can take.

  • Humanistic  External link

    I believe in the individual's ability to find their own healing path and to make choices that support that healing. I take the stance that an individual is an expert in their own life, and do what I can to provide the space for them to grow and experience wellness.

Issues I Treat

Specialties

  • Parenting External link

    I have been working with parents for several years on skill building, creating and securing an Attachment, and learning attunement with their children. I work with parents individually and within groups. I am also a firm believer that how we are parented greatly impacts our lives. I work with adults who are looking to heal their wounds around how they were parented, helping them to re-parent themselves in healthy ways.

  • Pregnancy (Prenatal Mental Health) External link

    My role in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health has me working specifically with parents/children prenatal through 5 years. I work to extend the field of prenatal parental mental health and provide services to support parents, both the birthing parent and any other support parents both before and after the birth of children.

  • Relationship / Marriage Issues External link

    How we are within relationships can greatly affect our quality of life. I work with individuals to support their relationships to include open/non-monogamous relationships.

  • Loss or Grief External link

    Much of my work focuses on the loss and grief individuals experience throughout their lives. Life transitions, both positive and negative, carry with them some level of loss and grief and I help individuals process those and work toward creating balance in their lives as they experience these losses.

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