Denise Smith, MA, LMSW

(she/her)

Education & credentials

  • M.A. Social Work, Wayne State University
  • Licensed Social Worker, State of Michigan
  • Member of NASW

Philosophy

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” Lao Tzu. The first step is often the hardest and that first step may be therapy. I believe in fostering a strong therapeutic relationship to encourage, guide, and support you along each step of the way. Each step builds upon the last to provide space for healing, growth, and will help you to function at your maximum potential leading to increased happiness and contentment for a more fulfilling life.

Personal Statement

I have over 17 + years of experience working with ages 6 and up in a variety of treatment settings including inpatient, day treatment, and outpatient therapy. I utilize a person centered, trauma informed, and strengths-based approach to empower you within a safe, confidential, empathetic and compassionate environment. I draw from a variety of approaches depending upon individual and/or family needs. I utilize both traditional and creative approaches to therapy. Traditional methods include talk therapy, solution focused, CBT strategies, and DBT strategies. Creative approaches include art, games, narrative therapy, mindfulness, and trauma informed yoga. That first step can be a big one but I know you can do it. I will be here to provide you support throughout your journey. Together we will create a therapeutic experience personalized for you and your goals.

Special Interests

  • Art Therapy
  • Coaching
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Compassion Focused
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Eclectic
  • Family Systems
  • Interpersonal
  • Mindfulness-Based (MBCT)
  • Person-Centered
  • Psychodynamic
  • Strength-Based
  • Trauma Focused

About me

What do you love doing more than anything in the world?
Spending time with my family and friends. 

What is the self-care strategy you use most often?
Spending time in nature listening and observing whether it’s watching the birds or a nature walk I find it soothes the soul.

What was your dream job in elementary school?
I’m blessed to be doing my dream job. I didn’t know what it was called but I knew as a very young child I wanted to help people.

What is your favorite movie of all time?
I don’t really have a favorite movie but I sure love to laugh.

Describe your ideal vacation. Has it happened yet?
My ideal vacation would be an RV experience around the U.S. for 4-6 weeks.

What is the most delicious meal you can imagine?
Summer grilling with fresh fruit!

Schedule & Appointments

If you're interested in scheduling a new client appointment with Denise Smith, call 810-494-7180