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Christopher L. Smith, LCAC, LMHC, LMFT
Describe the most rewarding experience that you have had working with a patient?
Given the nature of my work, I would not want to talk about a particular patient. I expect that you would want me to have the same discretion when you have been a patient of mine. In general, rewarding experiences are ones where patients have been able to achieve what they wanted to and have found a new sense of wholeness and peace. The most rewarding ones also involve my learning and growth as well.
What is your charity organization of choice and why?
There are a number of charities that I either contribute to or am involved in as a volunteer. Each charity has its own story of why I am involved from personal connection to connections to the issue or cause in which they are involved.
What does living in the New York community mean to you?
Living in New York has meant finding a home. While the city does not appeal to everyone and some are negatively effected by its business and its character, I have found it to be a place in which different parts of my past are all allowed to come together and find community. In doing so, I have certainly become involved in sub-communities that I would not have expected to before coming here in 2001. As I answer this, I wonder whether you find New York to be a place that resonates as home or whether living in New York is a source of stress for you.
What makes your specialties the right fields of medicine for you?
My specialties within psychotherapy are right for me as they build upon my own history, training and experience. They are where I am able to combine together areas in ways that provide more for the patients that I work with.
What is your favorite procedure to perform and why?
My favorite procedure to perform is a final session after you have achieved what you wanted and needed to achieve in therapy. It is a joy to see the hard work of a client pay off and to know that I had something to do with it as I have journeyed on this part of their life. A final session allows things to be recapped and for those things that have been learned to be reinforced. I also make sure that you know that you can come back should something change in your life and further therapy is needed. In fact, there are a few clients that I have worked with who have chosen to follow-up on a less frequent basis just to maintain what they need in order to have wholeness and peace.
What procedure would you like to do more of and why?
As a licensed mental health professional, I am fully trained in a range of psychotherapeutic techniques. Some of my clients come to me simply desiring this type of secular intervention. Personally, I believe that more effective results come when the clients spirituality and/or religious background and practice is also brought into the work that we do. s I not only find this to be more effective but also something that draws upon my own gifts and skills, I would like to be doing more pastoral counseling integrating the psychotherapeutic and spiritual/religious.
In a perfect world, when would you like to retire, where would you go and what would you do?
This question is not one that I have given a lot of thought to for myself, although I have walked along side a number of people who have retired. At this point, I would expect that I would remain in the New York area, but relocation could be possible to be nearer to family depending on where our lives would be at that point. Ideally, I would expect that I would still be active in areas of interest (professionally and personally) to different degrees.
What Sets Us Apart
At Seeking Shalom, you will receive quality mental health care around your concerns, issues and problems. Additionally, we are sensitive to the spiritual and religious dimension within this and the strengths to find peace and wholeness.
Formal Academic Education
- D.Min.(Cand.), Andrews University (Berrien Springs, MI)
- D.Min.(Cand.), Oblate School of Theology (San Antonio, TX)
- M.Div., Yale University (New Haven, CT)
- M.S. and A.B.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook (Stony Brook, NY)
- M.S.Ed., Lehman College (CUNY) (Bronx, NY)
- M.S., Touro College (New York, NY)
- B.S., Beloit College (Beloit, WI)
- I.B., United World College of the Atlantic (St. Donat's, Wales UK)
Lutheran Hospital of Indiana (Fort Wayne, IN)
- Advanced Specialty in Behavioral Health
Yale-New Haven Hospital Cluster (New Haven, CT)
- Internship at Gaylord Hospital (Wallingford, CT)
Licenses, Certifications and Specialty Training
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
- New York #000899
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
- New York #002224
- Indiana #39000509
Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor
- Indiana #87000653A
Licensed Addictions Counselor
- Indiana #887000653A
- American College of Counselors
- American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (#138555)
- American Mental Health Counselors Association
- Critical Incident Stress Management (Basic, Advanced, Individual, Group)
Postgraduate Research in Medical Ethics of the Psychiatric Setting
- Keele University, Keele UK
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