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 many years. Later, I went back to school to pursue my passion — to train and become a licensed therapist. Now, I hold a master’s degree in family therapy, and I’m working on a PhD in depth psychology. 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. In my practice, I apply an integration of a variety of the therapeutic models I was trained in. I use an experiential approach, with techniques from Satir human growth and the emotion-focused models; I integrate methods from postmodern narrative therapy; and I’m also closely attending to depth aspects (psyche, soul, unconscious) and bringing that perspective into the work.
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, power, resilience to solve problems and to bring about the long-term change — transformation— 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.
Communication is to relationships what breath is to life. ~ Virginia Satir