Emily Smith

Emily Smith (she/her)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate


Supervisor: Jessica Thomas, PhD, LMFT

I love supporting individuals and couples through the many peaks and valleys of the human experience. I am currently accepting new clients.

Client Status

accepting clients



1235 SE Division Street

Portland, 97202

At a Glance


Rate: $150-$180

Provides free initial consultation

Practicing Since: 2022

Languages: English


  • Individual
  • Family
  • Relationship

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • OHP CareOregon/HealthShare

My Ideal Client

My clients tend to be creative, sensitive people experiencing life transitions or feeling stuck without a clear path forward. I help individuals and couples cultivate self-trust and/or trust within their relationships, shift out of negative communication patterns and conflict cycles, increase communication and closeness, and understand themselves and one another more deeply. I am passionate about grief and loss work, including helping you find meaningful ways to continue bonds after a death.

My Approach to Helping

My path to becoming a therapist was born out of my own transformative experience with therapy during a challenging season of life, and is grounded in the growth I have experienced myself. I strive to offer clients guidance towards true connection with themselves and to foster trust in the inner wisdom we each have. I have a deep respect and curiosity for your unique experience navigating the world and am committed to meeting you where you are. My belief is that how we exist in the world is shaped by our present and past experiences, triumphs and sorrows, relationships, and the stories we tell ourselves about it all. I incorporate Attachment & Emotionally Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and eco-psychology and mindfulness techniques in my integrative approach, and I have been described as calm, warm, thoughtful, relatable, and having a compassionate nature. I deeply believe in the human capacity for growth, change, and healing.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I am welcoming to people of all expressions and identities, and am committed to providing culturally-sensitive, affirming, and trauma-informed care. I invite you to show up exactly as you are and will support you in living as your most authentic self. I believe that every human experiences struggle throughout the journey of life, and every human has the right to feel respected, heard, and supported in their quest for healing. I believe we are inherently connected with the natural world around us, and often look at the shifting seasons and natural life cycles as parallels for the human experience. I have specific experience navigating relapse and recovery in couples relationships, and have served as both a leader and member within a community grief group of 21-45 year olds who have experienced a significant loss.

Techniques I Use


  • Attachment Theory External link

    Attachment theory underpins all of the work that I do, as I believe we are all wired for connection with one another. Attachment styles are characterized by different ways of interacting and behaving in relationships, and are influenced by both present-day relationships as well as our earliest relationships with our caregivers. I will work with you to explore and heal attachment wounds and move towards a greater sense of safety and connection in relationship with others.

  • Emotionally Focused External link

    As a MFT associate, I have specific training and experience with working from an Emotionally-Focused Therapy perspective with couples. I will work with you to become aware of the emotional patterns and dynamics of your relationship, help you process reactivity, wounds, and emotional triggers, and guide you in practicing new ways of communicating and relating with your partner.

  • Narrative  External link

    Narrative therapy focuses on the way we tell stories and relate to problems, and I will bring insight and awareness into what happens for you when you tell a story in the therapy room. I notice language and will be curious about certain phrases or words that you use in order to help you make sense of your experiences and how you relate to them.

  • Mindfulness-based External link

    I incorporate mindfulness practices into all of my work, including slowing down and focusing on present moment awareness, sensations, and emotions, meditation, and breathing exercises. This helps ground clients in the here and now and can help decrease overwhelm. Mindfulness is also a helpful skill for you to carry over into your everyday life.

Issues I Treat


  • Relationship / Marriage Issues External link

    When our sense of communication and connection is “off” in our relationships, we can really suffer. I work from an Emotionally-Focused Therapy perspective with couples, and I help partners become aware of their relational patterns, provide space and guidance for processing conflict and emotional wounds, and help you lean into mutual vulnerability in order to strengthen attachment, love, and support within your relationship.

  • Loss or Grief External link

    My approach to grief and loss work is grounded in the idea that "We don't "move on" from grief, we move forward with it" (Nora McInerny). Loss can be so isolating and can manifest in many different, unexpected, confusing ways. I work with clients on exploring the impact of new and old losses, anticipated loss, sudden loss, and/or disenfranchised grief. I can help you find ways to continue bonds and meaningfully integrate the memory of your loved one as you move forward.

  • Personal Growth External link

    I enjoy working with individuals and couples who are curious - those who might feel lost or stuck, but are also open to exploring existential themes around identity, meaning-making, purpose, spirituality, and how to have more connected, meaningful relationships with others.

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