I believe that coming to therapy when your life is not proceeding in the way you wish is a courageous and important step in building the life you want. Although it is sometimes difficult or frightening to make that first phone call, it’s a strong sign of your belief in yourself and your desire to live fully and joyfully. I respect the decision to begin therapy and understand that it’s sometimes a hard step that requires great courage. My practice is centered around compassion, personal warmth and care, and a strong conviction that you can overcome the pain and difficulties in your life. I believe that the therapeutic relationship is a critical component of healing and growth, and I will work collaboratively with you, bringing my knowledge and skills to the table while also valuing your expertise about your own life.

My approach to therapy is relational, solution-focused, warm, direct, and intuitive.

I will meet you with respect, empathy, compassion, and a firm belief that however you’re feeling right now, there is a capacity for healing, growth, change, and joy within you. It will be my privilege to help you find it.

Rachel Gaillard Smook, Psy.D

Dr. Rachel Gaillard Smook

Clinical Psychologist