Symphonie  Smith
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Symphonie Smith

She/Her/Hers

Licensed Independent Marriage and Family Therapist, LIMFT Doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy, PhD
Maryland, Ohio, Michigan, Washington DC Accepting Online
Updated January 3, 2023

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Couples counseling
  • Depression
  • Family issues
  • LGBTQIA, gender, & sexuality topics
  • Racism, oppression, and discrimination

Professional statement

Dr. Symphonie Smith is a Licensed Independent Marriage and Family Therapist located in Bowie, MD. Dr. Smith guides clients towards living authentically. Many of her clients feel immense pressure to show up for their friends and family, which makes them feel stretched thin. Their own mental health gets placed as a last priority, as they never have time to spend fulfilling their needs. This can lead to feelings of sadness, loneliness, frustration, and emotional exhaustion. Dr. Smith’s clients also find themselves in conflict with others, though most of the distress comes from an unhealthy internal drive to be perfect and to make everyone else happy.

Dr. Smith’s approach to therapy blends the Bowen Family Systems Theory with mindfulness practices. Dr. Smith teaches her clients how to identify what’s happening for them, whether that’s feelings of resentment, disappointment, fear, or other difficult emotions. Clients then develop a practice of grounding themselves and coping with distress, whether that’s through body scans, visualizations, or deep breathing exercises. Dr. Smith encourages clients to become the center of their own worlds, and to build healthier relationships with their loved ones. Clients practice clear communication styles and learn how to advocate for their needs, even when they feel like it’s easier to revert to their previous patterns of pleasing people.

Dr. Smith earned a PhD from the University of Akron. She is passionate about providing culturally competent mental health services for individuals of all identities and backgrounds. She often brings conversations about race, power, and privilege into therapy to help clients identify the larger context that they’re in. Her style is compassionate and kind, and she considers it an honor to help clients along their therapy journey.


Message to clients

Self-Centering Therapy is all about empowering clients to exist as the center of their own world. No more putting yourself last, putting off your dreams, paying the price for the actions of others, or being responsible for the emotional state of everyone around you. It's time to center into your authentic self... desires and all! Yes, this absolutely makes everything better (e.g., romantic relationships, parenting, job performance, health, overall joy, etc.). If you are feeling exhausted and stuck, constantly conflicted by your desire to love and care for others and the need to love and care for yourself, I'm here to help you successfully get a bit more of YOU in the center of YOUR world. Psst... and here's the secret, when you do, others will have more opportunities to do the same!

Also, if you happen to be new to this idea AND new to therapy, don't worry about being pushed or confused in the process when working with me. I am intentional about taking time to make sure clients understand and approve of the work we do together, at every step of the way. This may be particularly important to you if you are a member of a marginalized group (e.g., African American, gender/sexual minority) and therefore, require feeling "seen" and "safe", before you will choose to be vulnerable. I strive to create space that will be safe for asking questions and expressing concerns at all times.


Specialties

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

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

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

Family issues - Promoting communication and supporting family members to address challenges and reduce conflict and distress

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

Racism, oppression, and discrimination - Exploring how racism, oppression, and discrimination impacts one’s life, including relationships, work life, and self-esteem; growing self-care practices to combat the negative emotions that arise when faced with identity-based adverse experiences




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Young adults (18-24)
  • Loveland Therapy Fund Clients

Insurance

Symphonie Smith is not in-network with any insurances.

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


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $250 (75min)

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
  • Debit Card
Session frequency

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

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • Every other month
Therapist's note

Loveland Foundation vouchers are accepted based on unique availability. Please inquire specifically about availability for spots designated to Loveland Foundation voucher recipients.


Location(s)

Online Sessions (Maryland)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m.
  • Tue 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m.
  • Wed 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m.
  • Thu 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m.
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m.
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (Ohio)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m.
  • Tue 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m.
  • Wed 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m.
  • Thu 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m.
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m.
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (Michigan)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m.
  • Tue 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m.
  • Wed 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m.
  • Thu 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m.
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m.
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (Washington DC)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m.
  • Tue 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m.
  • Wed 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m.
  • Thu 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m.
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m.
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 10 years

Personal Space: Self-Centering Therapy, LLC, Owner, Clinician, 2021 - Present


Licensure

Maryland: LCM903

Ohio: F.1900108

Michigan: 4101007296

Washington DC: LMFT200001248


Languages

English