Brandee Smith, LPC, LCDC
You might be asking yourself, “What is counseling going to be like?” Probably not at all what you are expecting. Not surprisingly, no two people will have the same experience. Therapy requires hard work, but the pay-off can be life changing. The proper therapeutic relationship promotes a client's ability to develop insight and act as a partner in creating the kind of change desired in his or her life. Working together with clients to build trust, the kind of trust that allows for important work to be done, is one of the most rewarding parts of my job. The first step is your commitment to the process, the next step is finding the right therapist. Congratulations, you’re well on your way.
I believe there is no better expert on a client than the client themselves. Therapy is never about getting advice. It is about finding out what’s standing between you and what you want, then discovering how to address those issues in a healthier, more productive way. Sometimes we just need a little guidance getting there. That might mean uncovering and exploring painful issues, increasing coping skills, improving your ability to get your needs met, or something else altogether. Simply put: almost anyone with the desire to grow and learn can benefit from counseling.
I am pleased to offer counseling services to individuals and couples, and am particularly passionate about treating couples struggling with relationship issues, especially infidelity. A safe, balanced place where both partners feel free to express what they might not have been able to express prior to counseling is essential to the process. You may not even have an understanding about what has you so "stuck" as a couple. Letting go of comfortable, familiar communication habits and ways of thinking - even when we know they aren’t working - can sometimes be difficult and hurtful. The ability to honestly explore what has led to the current painful season of a relationship is the first step toward positive restoration and hopefully, moving forward together. It is my sincere belief that with encouragement and help, even the most devastated relationship can experience renewal.
My work experience includes providing group and individual clinical services to children, adolescents, couples, and adults in a variety of community-based settings prior to joining Therapy Austin. I have worked in private practice, acute care inpatient and outpatient hospital settings. Some of the issues that I have experience in treating include: chemical dependency, impulse control problems, affair crisis and recovery, anxiety, co-dependency, trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, divorce, sexual issues, and relationship issues. My dual clinical licensure enhances my ability to be an effective therapist for my clients.
My educational qualifications include a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Texas A&M-Central Texas, as well as both a Master of Arts in Human Services and Bachelor of Liberal Studies in Psychology from St. Edward’s University. My membership in multiple professional counseling associations helps ensure I stay abreast of the latest developments important for mental health clinicians. In addition to completing a variety of training courses designed to continue my education on an ongoing basis, I am a certified PREP 8.0 trainer (a comprehensive marriage and relationship curriculum).
In my free time, I love binge-watching full seasons of television over a weekend, reading, and most importantly, spending time with my amazing daughters. I am an animal lover and the owner of two very spoiled dogs. My family moved to the Austin area when I was one year old and I consider myself, for all practical purposes, a proud native Texan.