Whether you are a seasoned therapy patient, a newcomer who has decided to pursue therapy for the first time, or simply someone curious about whether counseling is right for you, I welcome you to my practice!

Why seek therapy?

People attend therapy for a number of different reasons such as feeling . . .

  • Anxious and/or overwhelmed

  • Dissatisfied with their lives

  • Unhappy with their relationships

  • Sad, angry, or otherwise "not like themselves"

  • Ready to talk with someone about difficult experiences in their life

Successful therapy can help you:

  • Decrease feelings of depression

  • Cope more effectively with stress

  • Improve your self-esteem and confidence

  • Make sense of past traumatic experiences

  • Improve your relationships with family and friends

  • Overcome fears and/or insecurities

  • Decrease feelings of anxiety

  • Improve your communication skills


Will It Work?


Thousands of studies have shown that psychotherapy*:

  • Is highly effective and personally meaningful

  • Is beneficial for a wide variety of difficulties, symptoms, and disorders

  • Offers sustained long-term benefits/positive changes

  • Can improve overall health

  • Is effective for people of all ages


Research has clearly and consistently found therapy to be effective. Will it work for you? Chances are good that it will but it is important to remember that every person is different and, as with many other activities, will get out of it what they put into it.

* Information drawn from Ladd & Archer, 2006 and the American Psychological Association (www.apa.org)


Alison C. Smith, PhD - Psychologist in Northern Virginia