janeen-smith
Vision: a world where all people are able to heal and grow from life’s challenges, to be the person they want to be.
Mission: to help people meet life’s challenges, overcome obstacles, and discover their unique gifts, resiliency and strength. Through psychotherapy, counseling and education, I will help people create the relationships and lives they want.
Experience

I have over a decade of experience as a psychotherapist in private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area.  I work with adults and children, couples and families, and really enjoy the well-rounded and rewarding practice this gives me. I also have 13 years experience in community agencies, including four years as Executive Director of a community mental health and substance abuse treatment agency. My background in community agencies and schools allowed me to help people of all ages work through difficult life experiences, discover their interests and unique strengths, and follow their dreams.

Current Licenses and Certifications
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with the California Board of Behavioral Science Examiners
  • Certified Domestic Violence Treatment Provider with San Mateo and San Francisco County
  • Certified Sexual Assault Counselor with Rape Trauma Services
  • Level 2 Trained EMDR Therapist

Click here to view my resume and specifics of my background.

Method

My work is strength-based, focusing on the unique experience and skills people already have available to them to overcome their problems. Learn more about this on the Counseling page.

My psychotherapy practice also incorporates Post Modern Narrative Therapy principles and practices, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Play and Art Therapy with children.  My couples work is inspired by the couples research of John Gottman’s and Harville Hendrix. I have provided links to more in-depth discussions to some of these approaches, below.

More about Therapies

If you’d like more details about the psychotherapy approaches I employ, please click on each link below.

Strength-Based Therapy

Post Modern Narrative Therapy

Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)