Katherine  Smith

Katherine Smith

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT Psychologist, PsyD
California Accepting Online
Beverly Hills Accepting In-person
Updated September 3, 2021

Specialties & Expertise

  • Trauma
  • Depression
  • Loss, grief, and bereavement
  • Adjustment difficulties & disorders
  • LGBTQ+ Affirmative
  • Couples counseling

Professional statement

Dr. Katherine W. Smith is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Beverly Hills, CA. Dr. Smith provides therapy to adults (18+), couples, and groups. At this time, due to COVID-19 safety concerns, Dr. Smith offers teletherapy: over the phone and via for secure video conferencing. Her office is located on South Beverly Drive between Olympic and Pico and her availability is Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

Dr. Smith works psychodynamically and views psychotherapy as a collaborative process during which, together, you will find that best way of working in order to root out the causes of what holds you back from being your most authentic self. She believes that it is the relationship between the two of you that is transformative and that it takes time to establish a strong relationship built on trust and vulnerability.

Dr. Smith works well with people who struggle with feelings of belonging – outsiders and loveable weirdos -- creative people who are suffering with depression, anxiety, and relationship issues. Dr. Smith specializes in working with people who have experienced developmental and sexual trauma, with an emphasis on healing and returning to your self. She's also experienced in working with LGBTQ folx, BIPOC, people of mixed descent, and addressing the unique issues that you face in a culture that often pathologizes your experiences. Dr. Smith thinks our culture asks people to give up too much of ourselves and, in every way that is possible, she wants to help you become the person that you've always known you are.

If you choose to reach out, Dr. Smith looks forward to meeting you and discovering how you will work together.


Message to clients

You're probably feeling a little overwhelmed and frustrated about looking for a therapist. You're wondering if I'm the right therapist for you and if I have experience working with people like you. It may be helpful for you to know that I’ve worked with many different kinds of people of all ages, diverse backgrounds and experiences, and I have experience effectively treating many different kinds of mental health issues.

You might be struggling with relationships (including friendships, romance, sex, kink, etc.), feeling lonely or isolated, have trouble figuring out life goals or staying motivated, or you might have experienced trauma and are trying to heal. These kinds of practical problems often get diagnosed as depression, anxiety, adjustment disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), ADD or ADHD, or a personality disorder. My approach to mental health is to get to know you well and develop an understanding of your specific experiences and history. Your treatment will be unique to *you*!

Whatever your reason for reaching out, we'll talk about it without the pressure or limitations of a label and without judgement. We will take our time and discover the best ways for us to work together.


Specialties

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Loss, grief, and bereavement - Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance; survivors of suicide loss

Adjustment difficulties & disorders - Support around adapting to new and/or challenging life circumstances; skill-building for improved stress management and reduction of anxiety.

LGBTQ+ Affirmative - Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges

Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

Katherine Smith is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $200 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $125 - $200
  • Initial session: $200 (50min)
  • Couples sessions: $250 (50min)
  • Group sessions: $50 (80min)
  • Family sessions: $300 (50min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Debit Card
  • Venmo
  • Zelle
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Every other week
  • Multiple times a week
  • As needed

Location(s)

Beverly Hills practice
420 South Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, California 90212
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Tue 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Wed 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Thu 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Fri 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (California)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Tue 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Wed 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Thu 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Fri 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 8 years

Private Practice, 2019 - Present
Angeles Psychology Group, 2015 - 2019
Wright Institute Los Angeles, 2017 - 2019
Antioch University Counseling Center, 2012 - 2014
Los Angeles LGBT Center, 2014 - 2014
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, 2014 - 2014

Wright Institute, Los Angeles, Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 2019
Pacifica Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara, Doctor of Clinical Psychology, emphasis in Depth Psychology, 2018
Antioch University, Los Angeles, Masters in Clinical Psychology, Spiritual and Depth Psychology, 2013


Licensure

California: LMFT#115452


Languages

English


Therapy Groups

Katherine  Smith
Teletherapy Process Group for Women & Femmes

This 12-week group offers an opportunity for women and femmes make real connections with people while also working on a variety of personal and interpersonal issues.