KARA SMITH, LCSW
Kara Smith is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) with a history of working for non-profit, social service, and community health agencies. Kara currently sees clients in private practice in the evenings and on Saturdays. She works weekdays at Jewish Family Service, which she joined in 2012 after three years with Baylor College of Medicine in the Harris Health System’s Community Behavioral Health Program. She completed her Masters Degree training at the Baylor Psychiatry Clinic and at the University of Houston’s Women’s Resource Center.
Kara works with individuals and couples. She has helped clients with a wide range of mental health and personal challenges, such as childhood trauma, PTSD, depression, anxiety, dissociative disorders, chronic and terminal illness, grief, and sexual health and gender issues.
Most of Kara’s post-masters degree training is in the area of trauma and dissociation, with specialized training through the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD) and through the EMDR Institute. She has completed training in eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) and is currently working towards international certification. In addition to those specialties, Kara has training and experience in psychodynamic psychotherapy, spiritual social work, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectic behavioral therapy (DBT) skills, and emotional freedom technique (EFT). Kara has additional certifications in Meditation for Mental Health and in Mental Health First Aid for children and adults.
Kara is a native Houstonian and believes in social justice, equality, human rights, and unconditional dignity for all. She believes every part of a person’s history and experience contributes to identity, behavior, and health. Each client is different, and each person’s unique experience and understanding of the world can transform into personal strength, emotional growth, and healing.