KARA SMITH, LCSW
Kara Smith was born and raised in Houston, Texas and has been in the mental health field for 11 years. Kara got her Masters in Social Work from the University of Houston’s Graduate College of Social Work in 2009. While enjoying the social justice aspect of social work education, the clinical track offered her the opportunity to learn numerous therapeutic modalities with a focus on psychodynamic psychotherapy at the Baylor Psychiatry Clinic.
Before entering private practice full-time in April of 2018, Kara spent 5 years at a non-profit community health agency and 3 years with Baylor College of Medicine at the Harris System’s Community Behavioral Health Program Clinics. These positions gave Kara a range of experience with different diagnoses, the opportunity to practice multiple treatment modalities, and the honor to work with a diverse population.
She began focusing her education and practice techniques on complex trauma and dissociation in 2010. Through education and training gained through the Houston Galveston Institute and the EMDR Institute, she gained the theory, knowledge, and practice to treat many complicated cases involving relational or attachment trauma, childhood abuse and neglect, and dissociative disorders.
Kara enjoys spending time reading, gardening, creating, meditating, and spending time with her friends, family, and cat. She adds adventure to her life by learning new hobbies, trying new things, and low-budget traveling.