Kimberly Jill Smith, LPC
Jill Smith is a Licensed Professional Counselor and graduate from Tarleton State University with a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. She has many years of experience working with families, children and teens and she uses a person-centered approach, along with a variety of treatment modalities, to help people identify the strengths they already possess, as well as helping them find tools they need to navigate the ups and downs of life.
Jill is a Christian, and her desire to become a counselor stem from her belief that all people matter to and are deeply loved by their Creator. She is passionate about helping families and couples find unity in their relationships to achieve harmony in the home.
Education and Experience
Jill holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Tarleton State University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She began her career in a grant-funded, community agency in Stephenville, Texas, where she worked extensively with families in crisis, using a variety of therapeutic techniques to help family members navigate their current circumstances as well as improve familial relationships. During this time, Jill worked with teens facing adjudication, providing court appointed counseling and anger management, as well as facilitating groups for students in district wide Alternative Education Programs. She developed and facilitated a bullying prevention education curriculum for seventh and eighth grade students which was implemented and used at multiple schools in the counties she served.
While working on her internship, Jill gained experience in a private practice setting, working with a psychiatrist in North Texas where she provided therapy for individuals who were recently discharged from inpatient care. Jill worked at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Tarrant County, where she worked with school aged children at a local charter school. There, she led groups with students, working on a variety of issues and topics. In addition, she worked in the community, leading groups and doing outreach on the topics of parenting and substance abuse prevention.
Jill approaches counseling from a client-focused perspective. She believes wholeheartedly that people are the decision-makers for their own lives. They know their stories, and therapy is a good way to identify things going right, as much as it is a place to work on what is going wrong.
She likes to build a foundation of trust with an individual, and believes that counseling should be a safe place, free of judgement and shame. She believes therapy should be tailored to the client’s needs and uses a variety of treatment modalities to best serve her clients.
Jill has experience using Cognitive Behavioral counseling to help with anxiety, stress and pervasive thoughts, as well as solution focused counseling to identify problems, identify strengths and create clear and concise goals in therapy.
Areas of Practice
- Anxiety and depression
- Stress management
- Family relationships
- Conflict resolution, anger management
- Effective Communication
- Faith-based counseling
- Self esteem Issues
- Goal Setting
- Couples counseling
- Crisis intervention including self-harm and suicidality
- Children Ages 7+ and up
Jill lives in Fort Worth with her husband and two sons, and enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and getting away to her family’s farmland in central Texas.
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