Elisabeth J. Smith graduated from the Michigan School of Professional Psychology with a Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology. She completed a Bachelors of Human Service through Michigan State University and Baker College, and has an extensive background working within the community. Prior to working in private practice, Elisabeth was involved with in-home parent education for families with children in foster care. In 2014, Elisabeth became a Certified Trauma Practitioner through The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children, focusing on Trauma-Focused Play Therapy and mind-body integration techniques using the Structured Sensory Intervention for Traumatized Children, Adolescents, and Parents (SITCAP) model.
Elisabeth also specializes in the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder, learning disabilities, anxiety, depression, behavior and impulse management, and ADHD. She conducts psychological and neuropsychological evaluations of children, adolescents, teens, adults, and elderly clients, and works with Jackson County guardian ad litem attorneys for cases regarding guardianship, conservatorship, and competency.
In therapy, Elisabeth works from a humanistic, person-centered, solution-focused perspective and empowers clients to grow from within. She utilizes a number of techniques including mindfulness, mind-body integration, relaxation skills, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and Play Therapy. Elisabeth works with all ages and welcomes the opportunity to help guide clients to a greater understanding of life’s experiences through a meaningful therapeutic relationship.