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Symphonie Smith(She/Her/Hers)

Licensed Independent Marriage and Family Therapist, LIMFT
FloridaMarylandMichiganOhioWashington DC
Couples counseling-Family issues-Entrepreneur mental health- Anxiety - Depression- LGBTQIA, gender, & sexuality topics-

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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, family, business, employees, etc. which makes them feel stretched thin. Their own mental health becomes a last priority, as they never have time to tend to their own 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, make everyone else happy or push themselves to constantly achieve.

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 of all kinds. 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 you to exist as the center of their own world. No more putting yourself last, putting off your dreams, paying the price for others' poor choices, struggles or incompetence, or being responsible for the feelings of everyone around you. Feeling exhausted and stuck, constantly conflicted about how to love and care for others, while trying not to fall apart? 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! It's time for authenticity and audacity... desires and all!

"So, putting me first doesn't hurt others?" Correct! It actually makes everything else better (e.g., romantic relationships, parenting, job performance, health, overall joy, business development, etc.).

As I work, I'm on a special mission to help 100 Busy Black women have their very first therapy session (individual, couple or family) in 2024! That is, 100 Busy Black women who definitely felt the above paragraph in their cores yet, have had "try therapy" on their to-do list for far too long.

Not a busy Black woman? No worries! Self-Centering is for you too!

Also, if you happen to be 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 you understand and approve of the work we do together, at every step of the way.

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 11 years

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


Maryland: LCM903 - Ohio: F.1900108 - Michigan: 4101007296 - Washington DC: LMFT200001248 - Florida: TPMF1035




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

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

Entrepreneur mental health - Processing through the emotional highs and lows of running a business; learning about one’s values and exploring how these values impact the decisions that one makes for the business

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

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


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

Locations & Hours


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)
  • Couples sessions:$350 (90min)
  • Family sessions:$350 (90min)
  • Relationship Work for Entrepreneurs :$300 (60min)

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

Please note: Sessions are private pay only and fees range from $250 to $400 based on the service provided.

Insurance is not accepted but may provide reimbursement based on benefits package.

LOVELAND FOUNDATION VOUCHERS ARE accepted based on unique availability. Please inquire specifically about availability for spots designated to Loveland Foundation voucher recipients.

Client testimonials

"Loved Symphonie! If we could afford her, she would be my top choice!"
- Zencare client May 2023
"I liked how she gave the run down with all that would be done and checked if I was okay with everything. Also giving me the lee way to understand if she works for me or not"
- Zencare client February 2024

Book a Free Initial Consultation

The practice will call you for a free 10min phone call to discuss your needs and ensure a match!

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