Dr. Donita Smith, Ph.D.: Teen Counseling in Broken Arrow
Hello, my name is Dr. Donita Smith. I have been in the counseling field for 19 years and I have a special interest working with teens who may be struggling with such issues as self-esteem, depression, anxiety, stress, problems at school, life transitions and/or parent/child relationships. I have expertise in the treatment of Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar disorders, Psychotic disorders, Personality disorders, Substance Abuse and Self-esteem issues. I have also worked with clients that have experienced trauma ranging from physical and sexual abuse to witnessing violence and negligence. Dr. Donita Smith provides mental health therapy at Legacy Counseling Service in Broken Arrow, OK.
Counseling a Teen Helps The Whole Family
Often times when a young person suffers, the entire family feels the effects of their suffering. Children and teens who are struggling through difficult times may show signs of withdrawal, anger, anxiety, sadness, or low self-esteem. Sometimes they have a hard time identifying and expressing their feelings so as a result, struggle in their relationships with family and friends, and even in their academics. Family members may find difficulty in making connections with them, or in managing problematic behavior. Sometimes at school, their grades are failing or they are experiencing distress in their social circles.
How can therapy help a struggling young person or family?
Within the safe counseling environment of Legacy Counseling Service in Tulsa, teens have the possibility to connect experiences with emotions, learn healthy communication skills, and develop tools for managing life’s challenges. Parents and caregivers who are involved in therapy also learn strategies for better supporting and connecting with their child.
I am humbled to have the opportunity to provide professional and compassionate therapy at Legacy Counseling Service and am excited to offer compasionate mental health counseling for teens in the Tulsa metro area. I strive to offer a therapeutic atmosphere and relationship that reflects acceptance, safety, trust, respect, support, encouragement, and guidance in assisting those seeking relief/healing from their problems; and, also experiencing personal growth through making healthy life changes. The therapy relationship begins with a conversation that develops a unique life of its own. The meeting of our minds and beings takes us into an uncharted exploration. My role is to guide us in the process by listening to the directions that are offered by the client.
My goal is to help individuals connect with their inner strengths and their authentic selves so that they can move forward with living and loving life. The treatment approach that I most often use is cognitive behavioral therapy (changing distorted thinking). I will work with clients to develop practical solutions, find healthy communication and relationship patterns and most of all to help them feel better about themselves and life. I offer practical tools for change that foster an even better state of well-being. As desired, faith and spirituality are woven into session.
About Dr. Smith: Teen and Family Counseling
I have a Ph.D. in Psychology with a specialization in Family Psychology and I am also a licensed professional counselor. I worked in an adolescent residential setting for 9 years, Outpatient mental health service with teens and family’s for 7 years, Director of a Substance Abuse Treatment Center for 2 years and the Adult correctional setting for 2 years.
Schedule a Therapy Appointment for Your Teen Today
If you are looking to make some changes in your or your teen’s life, or need your family to more deeply connect; call Christi, our administrative assistant at 539-777-11259 to schedule an initial consultation. Counseling appointments with Dr. Smith are available on weekends and weeknights.