Jami Smithson

LPC, CCTP

Lead Therapist

I received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Christian counseling as well as a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Liberty University.  I am an LPC and have experience working with a variety of populations which include but are not limited to addiction, parental coaching, adults, children, and adolescents suffering from emotional, mood, and behavioral disturbances, veterans of war, and adults dealing with anxiety/stress, burnout, depression, anger management, relationship/career/family issues, and bereavement.  I possess a unique understanding of human emotions along with in depth understanding of emotion regulation especially as it relates to addiction.  I recognize that we create from our past experiences to shape who we are and I take great interest in the use of creative techniques to assist those I work with in exploring their past as it relates to their present and in expressing themselves.

I have experience in private practice working with children, and adolescents suffering from emotional, mood, and behavioral disturbances, coaching parents, working with veterans, and adults dealing with anxiety/stress, burnout, depression, anger management, relationship/career/family issues, and bereavement. For two years I have had the privilege of serving those struggling with addiction at Williamsville Wellness. I served one year as a resident in counseling in the IOP and PHP programs and briefly as the interim clinical director before transferring to the Residential program where I spent the second year leading groups and individual therapy sessions.

I assist clients in liberating themselves from unhelpful patterns, painful past experiences, and negative internal dialogues that hold them back from leading a life that is meaningful, engaging, and enjoyable.  I am passionate about emotion work, am client centered, and solution focused all the while providing a balance of psychoeducation and using an empathetic approach, personalized tools, and techniques. My collaborative style enables the client to feel truly understood and empowered to become their own vehicle of change. Finding the right therapist can be hard and scary for some; I am committed to supporting the client throughout the therapeutic process.