Ann  Smith

Ann Smith

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW

Accepting new clients for daytime appointments in NY online therapy practice (updated August 1, 2020)

Offers Online Sessions

Specialties & Expertise

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Relationships (personal and professional)
  • Parenting
  • Learning disabilities
  • Adoption
  • Loss and bereavement

Professional statement

Ann Smith is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the Windsor Terrace neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY. She works with adults and children and specializes in depression, anxiety, adoption, learning disabilities, and mindfulness. She has worked extensively with adults who are looking to build confidence at work and/or in relationships.
Ann is a relational therapist and has an interactive approach. She begins therapy helping one understand the current stressors in life; how symptoms are triggered, an understanding of one’s history as it relates to current difficulties, with a plan to move forward. The patient therapist relationship is at the core of the work.

Ann believes that a mind-body approach to symptoms is important, and is individualized in therapy according to the needs and interests of each patient; e.g. how depression and/or anxiety can manifest in the body. She utilizes these mindfulness practices to help one feel more in control of feelings in the moment: Breathing techniques; tapping (the Emotional Freedom Technique, EFT); and guided meditation.

When working with children, Ann applies a developmental lens. She helps children become more aware of negative and intrusive thoughts and includes cognitive strategies, such as self-talk, in addition to guided meditation and breathing, and tapping in her approach. She collaborates with parents to help them understand their child’s challenges, and develops a plan for helping their child manage behavior and feelings at home. She also collaborates with schools and other therapists when requested by families.

Ann is committed to helping her clients meet their goals and feel successful. She has over two decades of experience, and attends conferences, webinars, and other relevant training opportunities. Her office is conveniently located near the Fort Hamilton Parkway subway station.


Message to clients

I have developed a practice in which I work with adults, children, and families in a process of positive change.


Specialties

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Relationships (personal and professional) - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

Parenting - Helping parents develop and implement strategies to address challenges that arise throughout childrearing; managing stress and increasing support

Learning disabilities - Helping parents in the process of understanding where learning challenges arise, and referral to and collaboration with neuropsychologists for evaluating learning challenges of their children

Adoption - Works with adopted children and families. Helps adopted children who are coping with the adopted experience, including issues of identity, loss, anger, self-esteem and often trauma

Loss and bereavement - Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one, abortions and miscarriages, divorce, infertility problems; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Children (<12)
  • Parents
  • Teenagers (13-18)

Insurance

Ann Smith is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $225 (45min)
  • Couples sessions: $225 (60min)
  • Family sessions: $225 (60min)

Therapist's note

Ann can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.


Location(s)

Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

Brooklyn practice

Hours

  • Mon 8:00-8:00pm
  • Tue 8:00-8:00pm
  • Wed 8:00-8:00pm
  • Thu 8:00-8:00pm
  • Fri 8:00-8:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 1985 - Present
Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, Administrative and Clinical Supervisor in community mental health clinics, 1985 - 1991 & 2006 - 2009

Lewis Aron PhD, Study group in Relational Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 2016 - 2019 
Licensed Clinical Social Work , New York State, 1985 - Present
Gestalt Therapy Training and Supervision, 1985 - 1991
Lawrence Epstein, PhD, Extensive supervision in Interpersonal Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 1985 - 1999
Certificate in Child Therapy, Advanced Child Therapy Program, Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services 
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Meditation
Emotional Freedom Technique or Tapping (EFT), Level One 
Yeshiva University, MSW


Languages

English


Therapy Groups

Ann  Smith
COVID 19: Parents of Children Under 12 Support Group

This online group provides support for parents struggling to cope with caring for themselves and their young children during quarantine.

Ann  Smith
Single Parents Support Group with a Mindfulness Approach

This virtual group utilizes group discussion and mindfulness exercises to help support single parents dealing with the added stress of COVID-19.