My training as a clinical psychologist has provided me with an extensive understanding of the factors that influence human functioning. The way you think, the way you feel, your biology, your behavior, and your social history are all important aspects of your life. I am trained in a range of therapeutic approaches, diagnostic strategies, and assessment techniques, and I personalize my approach to serve the individual needs of my clients. I have experience with individual and couples psychotherapy as well as group psychotherapy, and am trained in psychological testing and assessment. My couples therapy background includes Level 1 Gottman Relationship Institute training, and I use Gottman couples therapy methods in my work. I also am trained and certified in an energy psychology methodology called the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). I hold practitioner status in Positive EFT and Master Practitioner status in Energy EFT.

I recently concluded several years as chair of a new national committee serving early career psychologists for the American Psychological Association’s Division of Psychotherapy. I also served as Program Chair for the APA's 2011 and 2013 Convention for the Division of Psychologists in Independent Practice, and I was a contributing editor for the APA's Psychotherapy Bulletin for several years. I recently served as a web committee member for the Division of Psychologists in Independent Practice and was a moderator for the Division's online forum for psychologists. I am also an elected member of the Board of Directors for the Division of Psychologists in Independent Practice. I am a coauthor of the 2005 edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves as well as two books about children and teens and several other publications.

I am a frequent speaker, both locally and across the country. Invited speaking engagements have included such functions and groups as the University of Massachusetts Medical School, the UMass Obstetrics and Psychiatry Academic Interest Group, Clark University Graduate Psychology Program, Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology graduate program, the annual FastForward conference for mental health practitioners, Girl Scouts troops, local health venues, YMCA of Central Massachusetts, the Female Leadership Interest Council, the American Psychological Association annual convention, and the ELNA (Education and Leadership in a Nonviolent Age) leadership workshop.

I am available for speaking engagements and workshops as well as for short- or long-term psychotherapy.

Dr. Rachel Gaillard Smook

Licensed Psychologist

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CLINICAL TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE:

The University of Maryland School of Medicine

Parents’ and Children’s Services (Boston)

Emerson College

Brigham and Women’s Hospital through Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center

Harvard University

EDUCATION:

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Theatre: Appalachian State University, 1994

Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology: Loyola University, Maryland, 1997

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology: Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, 2001

Clinical Internship, Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center, Boston, MA, 1999 - 2000

Clinical Internship, Harvard University, 2000 - 2001

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Psychology: Harvard University, 2001 - 2002

Level 1 Gottman Method Couples Therapy: The Gottman Institute, 2012

Positive EFT Practitioner Certification, 2014

Energy EFT Master Practitioner Certification, 2014

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS:

American Psychological Association

Massachusetts Psychological Association

APA Division of Psychologists in Independent Practice

APA Division of Psychotherapy

LICENSURE:

I am a licensed psychologist in the state of Massachusetts.