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Charlene Smith, LCSW

Hello! Welcome!
I am Charlene and I love that you found
your way here! 

The connection you share with your therapist has the potential to be one of the most intimate relationships in your life.

 

Take your time, explore, ask questions!

I hope this small space of the internet brings you closer to what you are looking for.

"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style."

- Maya Angelou

Mind

-THE PSYCHE-Beliefs, thoughts,
self-talk, narratives

Body

 -THE SOMA -
Sensations
Nervous System
Safety
Stored experiences
Regulation

Heart

Emotions
Feelings
Connections

Soul

Intuition
Wisdom
Energy
Spiritual Connection
Wisest Self

Action

Habits
Coping skills
Practice
Value driven
Alignment

 

APPROACH 

 My perspective is holistic and integrated. We are an intricate connection of mind, body, and soul. Each part offering its own struggles and wisdom to the whole. I invite you into a deep relationship with your wisest and most vulnerable "Self"; guiding you into an intimate and transformational connection with how you experience and move through life.
Not only heal where necessary but to find the authority and conviction to live your fullest and most alive life. 

 

GUIDING INTERVENTIONS

  • Depth Psychotherapy

  • Somatic Therapy

  • EMDR

  • Nervous System Regulation

  • IFS

  • Expressive Arts

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

  • You hold your own wisdom.

  • Expansion and growth happen in safety.

  • Learning to Stay is your super power.

  • Emotion, struggle, stuckness, pain are our teachers! When honored, they awaken us to extraordinary capabilities and evolution.

  • All we do is in service of keeping ourselves "safe, alive, ok"...even when it doesn’t feel or look that way.

  • There is deep value in the middle, the gray, the in-between.

  • Your capacity to experience pain, grief, and fear is directly connected to your capacity to experience joy, awe, and love.

  • Your untold story is instrumental to your journey and wants to be heard.

  • Your potential is beyond anything you have imagined!

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EDUCATION

  • University of Utah / BA / 2007

 

  • University of Utah 
    Master of Social Work
    2009

 

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker Utah 2012

TRAINING

  • Jungian Social Training Group and supervision 

        2017 to present

  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

       2 year certification 2019

  • EMDR 

  • IFS

  • Family Systems Therapy

        Stanford University 2017

BEHIND THE SCENES


My soul and body are the happiest outside.
Most of my life has been spent playing in the mountains; skiing, biking, hiking, and swimming in lakes.
Lately I find myself in the ocean more than on land. 

I value my quiet mornings, they move me into the day feeling more grounded and connected. 
 


I deeply value the relationships in my life. And even though I need and want time alone, the connection with the people and animals in my world are central to what it is to be me. 


I love mangos and blue berries. Sweet potatoes and broccoli.
My favorite colors tend to be blue and orange and earth based tones.
I love music, live or out of the speaker.
And hot springs are heaven to me!

I am learning to play the flute, create pottery, speak Spanish, and hold my breath under water.
At times I day dream about surfing, though swimming and boogie boarding seems to be more of the norm.
All of this being done slowly and with a bit of a scattered brain.

 

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CONNECTION CALL

Complementary call to answer any questions, help you decide where to start, and get a feel for how we fit. 

I look forward to hearing from you!

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