- Neglect Survivors
- Mood Disorders
- Co-Occurring Mental Health/Substance Use
- Child Abuse
Vickie Smith has worked in mental health for over 20 years and brings a wide variety of experience in helping children, adolescents and adults in overcoming life challenges and gaining skills to lead more rewarding lives. She began her counseling career at a small program at a large public health department, first as a volunteer group counselor and went on as an employee to continue to help child, adolescent and adult survivors of Sexual Assault and Sexual Abuse to overcome trauma and fear to reclaim their lives. Vickie went on to work with children and adolescents in foster care and in residential treatment to address their problematic behaviors and regain their self- efficacy and confidence. She has spent the last 14 years working with adults with a variety of mental health concerns including incarceration, substance abuse/dependence, trauma, mood disorders, depression/anxiety, anger management, divorce, grief and loss, family conflict and resolving childhood abuse/neglect issues still causing pain and discord in their lives. She is skilled in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing, and uses a variety of methods to help clients resolve a variety of different challenges they face.
She attended the College of Social Work at The University of Houston, earning her Master of Social Work Degree. She completed training to become an independent mental health practitioner, with additional supervision, work experience and testing over 3 years. She is a Houston native, but admits that it is a very different place now than when she was growing up.