Brandee Smith, M.S.

Brandee Smith, Therapist

Licensed Professional Counselor
Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor

 

Philosophy
     Welcome! Every person comes to therapy with a beautifully unique cultural background and personal history. I embrace these individual differences. Letting go of comfortable, familiar communication habits and ways of thinking - even when we know they aren’t working - can be difficult and hurtful. With support however, even the most challenging issues can be explored and addressed, ultimately providing you a clearer path to the life you choose. Ongoing education, life experience, and a desire to positively impact the lives of others combine to
enhance my effectiveness as a therapist.


 
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Qualifications
I hold a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Texas A&M University, Central Texas; a Master of Arts in Human Services from St. Edward’s University; and a Bachelor of Liberal Studies in Psychology. I am licensed by the state of Texas to practice as both a Professional Counselor and Chemical Dependency Counselor. 

In addition to my work at Fortify Counseling, my professional experience includes providing group and individual clinical services to children, adolescents, couples, and adults in a variety of community-based settings. I have worked in private practice, both acute care inpatient and outpatient hospital settings, and online. Some behavioral health issues I have experience treating include (though are not limited to): trauma, post traumatic stress disorder, chemical dependency, impulse control problems, affair crisis and recovery, anxiety, co-dependency, depression, divorce, sexual issues, and many other general relationship issues. Please click here to see a full list.

My dual clinical licensure and diverse, specialized training allow me to competently employ clinically appropriate, evidence-based approaches to therapy. Working with a variety of client populations and issues continues to be a professional priority. Through these experiences, my appreciation of the uniqueness of each client continues to grow. 

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Additional Training/Certifications:
To learn more, please click on the appropriate link.

  • Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) - Read more about neurolinguistics here.

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) for symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Prolonged Exposure (PE) through Strong Star Training Initiative (evidence based treatment for PTSD)

  • Certified Trainer, Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP) 8.0


Professional Affiliations

 
 
 
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Proud member of the
SIMS Foundation
Provider Network

 

Proud supporter of
Home Street Music Austin

 

 
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The doctor is effective only when he himself is affected. Only the wounded physician heals."
~ Carl Jung

THE WOUNDED HEALER
Jung believed that a malady of the soul could be the best possible form of training for a Healer. The pains and burdens one bears and eventually overcomes is the source of great wisdom and healing power for others.

 
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The Wounded Healer understands what the patient feels because he has gone through the same pain. The Healer's experience is what makes him a brother of the patient, rather than his master. This triggers a fundamental change in perspective. Because he has learned through experience, the Healer is able to feel empathy instead of just sympathy. The patient can sense this subconsciously. This opens a conduit between the two on the spiritual level and connects them.

 
 
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The suffering patient can be cared for by the Healer and be instrumental in the Healer's own healing. Each encounter between the Healer and patient can be transforming for both.

"When I stand before thee at the day's end, thou shalt see my scars and know that I had my wounds and also my healing."

Rabindranath Tagore