Serena Smith, M.A. - Bay Area Psychotherapy Institute
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Serena Smith, M.A.

Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #90841
Serena Can Be Reached at:

(925) 338-0388
serenasmiththerapy@gmail.com
www.serenasmiththerapy.com

Practice Areas
Adolescents, Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Sexuality & Gender Identity
About This Therapist

Therapy is a very personal choice and it is all about YOU and meeting you where you are at in a judgement free environment. Therapy is having a space just for yourself. People come to therapy for many different reasons. You may come to therapy because of a major life change that is difficult to handle on your own. You may want to explore aspects of your childhood with someone who is not in your personal circle. You may be struggling with difficulties in your relationships or chronic illness. You may be having feelings of anxiety or depression. You might be questioning your sexuality or find you’re unable to be open about some part of your life. Maybe you are going through a divorce and struggling to navigate it all. Your child may need support with being bullied at school, self-harm behaviors, or an ADHD diagnosis. You could be starting a new family or growing your family and come to find that you’re not feeling quite like you expected. These are some of the reasons people come to see me. Whatever brings you to therapy, I want to recognize your resilience and strength in taking this step toward healing.

 

As a therapist I have a healthy respect for the inner wisdom of my clients. My work focuses on mind, body, & spirit; and I believe mindfulness is an important part of that. I have had supervision and training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and integrate it into my practice. I have worked with clients of all ages including children, teens, adults, and older adults. I came to this field later in life, and have plenty of real world/life experience. This came after experiencing many ups and downs and hardships myself; and also achieving the growth that comes from these difficult times. I truly believe that many of our hardships in life are blessings, even though they certainly do not feel that way at the time! I am dedicated to having a culturally sensitive practice that caters to a diverse group of people. Treatment areas include: depression, anxiety, bullying, relationship problems, sex/sexuality/gender, communication issues, self-esteem, relocation, mood disorders, self-harm, ADHD, chronic illness, and perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. I welcome LBGTQ, kink, and poly communities. This is not a complete list of treatment areas, but it is a good start.

 

Prior to working as a therapist I wore many hats, including being a mother of three children, a student, a certified massage therapist, etc. I believe my prior experiences as well as my lifelong love of people have brought me to where I am today. As a therapist I have worked in community mental health for the past few years including Contra Costa County Children’s Behavioral Health and Family Service Agency of Marin. If you would like to know more about me, please visit my website. If you think we might be a good fit, please feel free to call or email me so we can explore that further.

 

Bachelors in US History at California State University, Sacramento

 

Masters in Psychology, Marriage & Family Therapy at Golden Gate University

 

Supervised by Meri Levy #82213