Services

Chad Smith offers a comprehensive array of services for couples and families. Please review those services below.

Divorce and post divorce adjustment

is increasingly a primary therapeutic focus of Chad’s practice. He is a firm believer, as evidenced by numerous clinical studies, that divorce is the number one predictor of adjustment problems with children. He has facilitated the Court Ordered Transparenting© program for divorcing couples, and DIVORCECARE© which utilizes a strong spiritual approach to the path of healing through the trauma of divorce.

Treatment of children and adolescents

Chad’s approach to depression and anxiety with children and adolescents is best characterized as an empathetic, practical model, using cognitive/behavioral teachings to teach a child to recognize and correct harmful patterns in thoughts or behavior. Chad works closely with other care providers to coordinate treatment for the child and family.

Couples therapy

As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Chad works with couples of all ages. He is also a certified PREPARE/ENRICH© administrator and uses a variety of diagnostic tools to help couples through what often is describes as being “stuck.” The therapeutic model of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy is often utilized. As a Christian therapist, he is able to offer treatment within a scripture based context. He is also able to work with families with a wide variety of beliefs, issues and concerns.

Custody evaluations

Are conducted with strict adherence to the American Psychological Association’s (APA) guidelines. In keeping with APA standards, evaluations are conducted without partiality or bias. The best interest of the child(ren) guides all outcomes and is first and foremost in the evaluation process. Evaluations may be ordered by the court or requested by families or attorneys.

Anger Management

Chad Smith is a certified anger management facilitator and has conducted numerous groups for children and adolescents. His approach to anger management utilizes empirically sound techniques within a structured yet empathic, caring, and accepting environment.

Speaking engagements

Mr. Smith gives presentations on a regular basis to wide range of groups including: schools, church groups, mental health centers, substance abuse treatment facilities, hospice, and NAMI. These topics include parenting, spiritual development, behavior management, ADHD, grief and support, and other mental health issues.

College Planning and Career Assessment

In today's world of skyrocketing college costs coupled with a dizzying array of career choices, it is increasingly important for parents to have the tools they need to guide their child in the transition from high school to college. Chad Smith helps families get the most out of their college dollars through:

  • Career assessment inventories
  • Interest inventories
  • Assessment of learning styles
  • Assessment of self management skills
  • Assessment of self advocacy skills

Through a comprehensive assessment of your child's interests, aptitude, and learning styles, and self management skills (which includes the use of state-of-the-art testing instruments as well as one on one therapeutic diagnostic techniques), Chad Smith strives to empower parents and teens to optimize their decision making process for career/life planning.

Research indicates that teens who have a strong sense of their strengths and challenges, as well as goal-directed future plans, generally experience a smoother transition from high school to college, technical school or work. The axiom "know thyself" coupled with "know your options," translates into a young adult who is likely to be focused and well able to make healthy decisions and wise life choices.

Signs that your child may benefit by career/life planning services:

  • loss of interest in school, particularly as decision making time
    approaches for sending out college applications.
  • heightened anxiety over the future.
  • avoidance of future oriented discussions
  • increased expressions of anger or sadness
  • a decreased interest in school work
  • general signs and symptoms of depression
  • parent child conflict over future direction
  • parental concern that child lacks direction
  • concern over child's ability to manage unstructured time