Hello! My name is Kelly Smartt, and I’m a licensed marriage and family therapist associate. I live in the Dallas area with my husband and two teenage kids. After college, I earned an MBA and worked in the corporate world for 20 years. Later, I went back to school to pursue my passion — to train and become licensed as a therapist. Now, I hold master’s degrees in both family studies and family therapy. I’m also working on a PhD in depth psychology with emphasis in integrative therapy and healing practices. I love working as a therapist and feel that I’m now living my true vocation, the work I’m meant to be doing.
My office is centrally located in Spring Valley Center on Spring Valley Road right off the Dallas North Tollway . . . easy to get to from from North Dallas, Addison, Richardson, Carrollton, Farmer’s Branch, and (via the tollway) Plano, and Frisco.
I believe in the therapy process. It has worked for me, and I see it work for my clients. I’ve studied a wide variety of therapeutic approaches and methodologies, including experiential/human growth model (Satir), attachment-based: emotion-focused, narrative, solution-focused, psychodynamic (contextual), internal family systems. Right now, I am closely attending to my vocational calling to integrate my lifelong personal work and leanings toward depth psychology into the systemic therapy work I do with others. This type of work involves connecting to deeper aspects of ourselves as well as to others.
But more important than any model, technique, or approach is the motivation and desire for change that you bring to the process and the working partnership that we create together. I always want to work collaboratively with you, as your partner, to find inner wisdom and resilience to solve problems and to bring about the long-term change you’re looking for.
I have a compassionate manner and a positive, nonjudgmental attitude. I’ve found much joy in seeing my clients find increased well-being and greater happiness through therapeutic talking and listening. Whatever issues bring you to therapy, I hope we can work together for transformation, growth, and meaningful solutions.
Communication is to relationships what breath is to life. ~ Virginia Satir