Brian Smith

Brian Smith (he/him)

Student Counselor

Supervisor: Chad Ernest - LPC

If you desire seasoned life experience, empowerment, compassion, and are ready to move in a positive direction - Lets get to work.

Client Status

accepting clients



10572 SE Washington Street

Portland, OR 97216

At a Glance


Rate: $50-$200

Provides free initial consultation

Practicing Since: 2023


  • Individual
  • Family
  • Group
  • Child
  • Relationship
  • Teen

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • PacificSource
  • Providence Health Plan
  • United Behavioral Health
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My Ideal Client

Families are at the heart of every society, which starts as couples, who in and of themselves are unique individuals. In this life, we all will have challenges. No one (and no family or couple) is perfect, and sometimes we all need help. The ideal client is brave enough to consider that they may want or need help. It takes courage to ask for help, which doesn't make them weak - it makes them bright. The ideal client loves themselves and those in their life enough to be their best.

How I Can Help You

The decision to participate in therapy should be about addressing your needs, desires, and goals, so the decision to partner with someone in treatment is essential. I have held many high-level professional positions; but I also know what it like to grow up impoverished and use government safety nets. People want skills and practical counsel to make their own best-informed decisions. These abilities are part of what I bring to the proverbial table in helping you. My assistance to you is based on practical applications and not just theories. Beyond my therapeutic counseling skills and finalizing a graduate degree in clinical mental health counseling, I hold a graduate degree in Biblical Studies from Moody Theological Seminary. Earning this degree helps inform my empathy, compassion, and respect in therapy for ALL cultures, beliefs, and lifestyles in your therapy experience. I also speak some limited Russian when needed, as I hold a Russian Language and Eastern European Studies degree.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

In many ways, counseling is like going to your physician or mechanic. Just because you visit them does not always mean something is wrong, but more often, you are being good to yourself to ensure that things function at their optimum. My approach to therapy is eclectic and not a one size fits all. I am versed in many therapy systems, including CBT, Adlerian, Psychodynamic, and Attachment therapy; the therapy style is based on your unique needs, values, and goals, not mine. Therapy with me is a collaborative effort. I am passionate about helping families, couples, and young adults reach their full potential. Working with multicultural, multiethnic, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities is among my goals, given the limited availability of minority therapists within the region.

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