Katherine  Smith

Katherine Smith

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT Psychologist, PsyD

Accepting new clients for daytime & afternoon appointments in Beverly Hills practice (updated July 30, 2020)

Offers Online Sessions

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • LGBTQ topics
  • Relationships
  • Couples counseling

Professional statement

Dr. Katherine W. Smith is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Beverly Hills, CA. Dr. Smith provides therapy to adults (18+) and couples. She conducts therapy in-person for individuals and couples, and over the phone and via secure video conferencing for individuals. Her office is located on South Beverly Drive between Olympic and Pico and her availability is Tuesday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

Dr. Smith views the process of psychotherapy as something that you will collaborate on and find the best way to work together in order to achieve your goals and become your most authentic self.

Working with Dr. Smith means committing to long-term therapy; she believes that it is the relationship between the two of you that is transformative, but it takes time to establish a strong relationship built on trust and vulnerability. Together, you will treat your symptoms by rooting out the causes.

Dr. Smith works well with people who struggle with feelings of belonging – outsiders and loveable weirdos -- creative people who are suffering with depression, anxiety, and relationship issues. Dr. Smith specializes in working with people who have experienced developmental and sexual trauma, with an emphasis on healing and returning to your self. She's also experienced in working with LGBTQ folx, BIPOC, people of mixed descent, and addressing the unique issues that you face in a culture that often pathologizes your experiences. Dr. Smith thinks our culture asks people to give up too much of ourselves, and in every way that is possible, she wants to help you avoid that and become the person that you've always known you are.

If you choose to reach out, Dr. Smith looks forward to meeting you and discovering how you will work together.


Message to clients

You're probably feeling a little overwhelmed and frustrated about looking for a therapist. You're wondering if I'm the right therapist for you. You may also want to know if I have experience working with people like you or with a particular mental health issue. I think it can be helpful to know that I’ve worked with many different kinds of people of all ages, diverse backgrounds and experiences, and I have experience effectively treating many different kinds of mental health issues. You might be struggling with relationships (including friendship, romance, sex, kink, etc.), feeling lonely or isolated, have trouble figuring out life goals, have difficulty staying motivated, or you might have experienced a lot of trauma. These kinds of practical problems often get diagnosed as depression, anxiety, adjustment disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), ADD or ADHD, or a personality disorder. The way I work gets to the heart of what’s holding you back and causing your frustrations and dissatisfaction. Whatever it is, we'll talk about it without the pressure or limitations of a label.

If you decide that you want to work with me, you'll find that we take our time and work slowly. I practice psychodynamic and psychoanalytic psychotherapy which is a slower and longer-term kind of therapy. The slower pace can sometimes feel awkward. That’s normal. We will take our time and discover the best way for us to work together. We'll work to alleviate your symptoms by understanding you deeply, always with the goal of setting you up for lifelong mental health in mind.


Specialties

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

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

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

LGBTQ topics - Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges

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

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




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

Katherine 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: $200 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $125 - $200
  • Couples sessions: $250 (50min)

Therapist's note

Katherine 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

Beverly Hills practice

420 South Beverly Drive

Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Hours

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

Work and Education

Masters in Clinical Psychology, Spiritual and Depth Psychology, Antioch University, Los Angeles, 2013
Doctor of Clinical Psychology, emphasis in Depth Psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara,  2018
Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Wright Institute, Los Angeles, 2019

Antioch University Counseling Center, 2012-2014
Los Angeles LGBT Center, 2014
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, 2014
Angeles Psychology Group, 2015-2019
Wright Institute Los Angeles, 2017-2019
Private Practice, 2019 - Present


Languages

English


Therapy Groups

Katherine  Smith
Teletherapy Process Group for Women & Femmes

This 12-week group offers an opportunity for women and femmes make real connections with people while also working on a variety of personal and interpersonal issues.