Brian Smith, Therapist in Idaho — Zencare
Brian  Smith
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Brian Smith

He/Him/His

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC
Idaho Accepting Online
Updated August 10, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Attachment issues
  • Emotion regulation
  • Couples counseling
  • Trauma
  • Concussions
  • Clinical supervision

Professional statement

Brian Smith is a licensed clinical professional counselor with a telehealth practice serving clients throughout Idaho. Brian helps clients struggling with anxiety and depression, trauma, grief and loss, life transition, issues with anger, and other emotional difficulties. With couples and families, Brian focuses on enhancing connection within a safe and secure relationship, and learning how each person can seek, offer, and accept support. Brian's clients learn to manage painful emotions and respond to difficult situations, distressed relationships, and past trauma.

Brian works with individuals, couples, and families who believe personal change is possible and valuable in their lives. He uses an emotion focused approach, as put forth in the work of Dr. Les Greenberg, and has received formal training in Dr. Sue Johnson's Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples. Brian views the counseling relationship as the most important factor to a successful process, and clients who appreciate a more direct approach within a therapeutic relationship built on trust and safety will stand to benefit from working with Brian. He will focus on the emotional process throughout the session and highlight this experience, helping to connect it with situations, thoughts, and beliefs. Clients will gain insight and awareness, make new meaning from their painful emotions, and develop internal strengths and resources to use in their everyday lives.

Brian's practice is exclusively telehealth (via Simple Practice), and he is in-network with Blue Cross of Idaho or accepts cash-pay. Please visit his website for more information or to get set up in the client portal.


Message to clients

I know from my own experience as a client that it takes a lot of courage to decide to seek help, and I would be honored to be a part of your journey of positive change. I believe that people are agents of their own life path; however, many are unaware of how emotions relate to their thoughts, impact behavior, and inform how they view relationships. My clinical practice has taught me to respect the experience, worldview, and value system of each individual without imposing my own. I also am a fervent LGBTQ+ ally with experience in working with LGBTQ+ adolescents and adults.

As we begin, I ask very few questions, except what brings you to counseling. I am interested in what you would like to change in your life and what you think is important to discuss. I believe the client is the expert on themselves, and will address what they need to when they need to, and most importantly when they are comfortable doing so. I respect your privacy and autonomy, and avoid potentially intrusive intake questions, especially related to trauma. If you have a history of trauma, it is entirely up to you if you want to talk about it and how we talk about it. I will never force this or ask for details, and will always encourage a focus on the emotional experience and feelings about yourself and others.

I hope for the opportunity to help you gain peace within yourself and relationships with others.


Specialties

Attachment issues - Development of effective relational and communication skills; insight into family attachment patterns;fostering healthy family relationships.

Emotion regulation - Learning how to effectively manage the ups and downs of intense emotions; developing coping skills to use in a variety of settings to calm oneself and to give an appropriate amount of space to emotions

Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

Concussions - Support after a head injury, monitoring symptoms, and implementing strategies for recovery and healing

Clinical supervision - Offering professional supervision services for clinicians




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Parents
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $120 (50min)
  • Couples sessions: $150 (50min)
  • Family sessions: $150 (50min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Credit Card
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Every other week
  • As needed

Location(s)

Online Sessions (Idaho)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Hourly Start Times: 3pm - 8pm
  • Tue Hourly Start Times: 10am - 2 pm
  • Wed Hourly Start Times: 3pm - 7pm
  • Thu Hourly Start Times: 10am - 2pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 8 years

Coalesce Mental Health, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (self employed), 2021 - Present
Family Counseling Services, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, 2014 - 2021
Boise Vet Center, Counseling Intern, 2012 - 2014

Idaho State University, Masters of Counseling, 2014


Licensure

Idaho: LCPC-6635


Languages

English