*** Please note that my practice only has space in Idaho at this time, with no space for new Washington clients.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR VISIT -
We all live storied lives; and at times, our story becomes saturated with problems. Perhaps you're down or anxious - maybe you're unsure about the future of a relationship, or just feel that you aren't living the preferred life you were meant to live. Whatever your needs may be, I am here to offer support. Therapy is a process of growth and self-discovery. I have the tools and professional experience to assist you in navigating your present circumstances, and specialized training to help you reduce the disruptions of past adverse life events and experiences. Bottom line, I am here to assist you in developing and living your preferred story.
GET TO KNOW ME
Brad R Smedley, MA, MS, LMFT
Certified EMDR Therapist
Life can get difficult, and sometimes a little help from a professional Therapist can make things better. I care about your well-being and provide you with tools to help you deal with past and present circumstances and situations.
Ever the counselor type, I spent my first 25 career years as an educator - teacher and administrator. In 2013 I was privileged to attend Seattle Pacific University for a second Master's degree - this one in Marriage & Family Therapy. I am daily doing what I was meant to do. It would be my pleasure to assist you in discovering and living your preferred story. Please contact me for an appointment.
My specialty areas include Anxiety, Depression, Trauma/PTSD, Marriage & Couples, Parenting, and generalized adult therapy and counseling. I practice from a foundation of Narrative Therapy, and frequently use CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), and EMDR as tools to assist patients.
In therapy sessions we will have the ability to solve current problems, and address and heal the disturbance of adverse life events and trauma. You may be in a place where you feel stuck. Or maybe you have lost hope and the recognition that you indeed have the power and strength to heal and recover. I frequently operate from the premise that "the problem is the problem, you are not the problem." And I hold my patient's as the experts in their own lives. I’m confident you’ll find my personalized Individual Therapy beneficial, authentic, and inspirational. Get in touch to book an appointment.
If you’re looking for quality Couples Therapy sessions with a licensed and experienced Marriage & Family Therapist, then you’ve come to the right place. I assist couples in managing the complexities of relationships: communication, conflict, finances, grief & loss, infidelity, parenting, personality differences, and more. I am practiced in assessments that will help you understand yourselves both as individuals and as a couple. In short, I am here to help you navigate through some of life's most challenging problems. Schedule an appointment today and see what I can do for you.
EMDR can be thought of as a psychologically based therapy that helps a person see disturbing material in a new and less distressing way.
I am a Certified EMDR Therapist which means I have advanced training in this procedure as well as 20+ hours of consultation in EDR practice. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a powerful psychotherapy approach that has helped an estimated two million people of all ages relieve many types of psychological distress. Trained by one of the founders of EMDR therapy, I follow researched protocols to assist patients in clearing disturbing memory networks from past adverse life events.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
No one knows exactly how any form of psychotherapy works neurobiologically or in the brain. However, we do know that when a person is very upset, their brain cannot process information as it normally does. One moment becomes “frozen in time,” and remembering a trauma may feel as bad as going through it the first time because the images, smells, feelings and sensations haven’t changed. These memories can have a lasting negative effect that interferes with the way a person sees the world and the way they relate to other people. EMDR unlocks these stuck, disturbing memories, and brings healing to the injuries that otherwise frequently trigger in our current life situations.
My Family Therapy sessions help patients develop positive attitudes towards life’s most complex and challenging circumstances. As one of Grant County's few licensed Marriage & Family Therapists, I have extensive experience and training in the complexities of family systems, and can assist you in working through relational conflict and family relationships.
CONTACT ME -
Please note my Washington practice is full and I do not anticipate any openings for an extended period of time as I build my Idaho practice.
All Washington resident sessions are done virtually unless scheduled in my Coeur d'Alene, Idaho office.