Meet Jenny

Jenny Smith, EdS, LCSW-S (License #C004764)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker - Supervisor

Jenny Smith, LCSW-S

Jenny has worked for the past 15 years in a university counseling center with young adults. Prior to this she worked in with adolescents in the foster care system and those working through trauma and abuse.

She is currently working with adults, ages 18 to 50, on issues ranging from adjustment to various phases of life and transitions, to anxiety based disorders, trauma, grief and loss, and finding new ways of coping and moving forward from past challenges and difficulties.

 

In her work with you, Jenny will help you to identify the ways you want to grow in your own life, find your strengths, and work to change patterns of behavior that are no longer working for you.

 

Jenny has served on the board of Outright Youth, an LGBTQIA+ organization that supports youth in the Hickory area for the last five years and the board of the Hickory YMCA for three years. Additionally, she has presented and different conferences on the issues facing college-aged adults and the challenges going on in higher education around mental health.

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker - Supervisor (#C004764)

  • CBT-I (Insomnia) Certified

  • Telemental Health Certification

  • Specializing in CBT, DBT, and Mindfulness approaches

  • EdS, Higher Education Administration -- Appalachian State University

  • MS, Social Work -- Florida State University

  • BS, Social Work -- Florida State University

SPECIALTY AREAS

Grief & Loss

Autism Spectrum

Neuro-atypical & Differently Abled

Abuse & Trauma Recovery

Adjustment & Transitions

LGBTQIA+ Concerns

Adoption & Foster Care

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Generalized & Social Anxiety

Jenny is currently accepting new clients with out-of-network insurance plans and those who prefer private pay options.

 

Jenny will soon be in-network with most plans through:

  • BCBSNC

    • *May NOT include Blue Local​ & Medicare-sponsored plans*

  • Carolina Behavioral Health Alliance (CBHA)

  • MedCost

  • Aetna

    • *May NOT include Aetna Select & Medicare-sponsored plans* 

From Jenny:

  "As a clinical social worker, I am grateful 

to have the opportunity to work with clients on the challenges they are facing in their lives,

and to be able to walk beside them on a journey where they are able to get to know themselves better, identify their strength and resilience, and begin to grow into the person they want to become.

 

I was drawn to this profession due to the desire to help others and make an impact. In my own personal journey, as a professional, but also as a human being with her own challenges, I have realized that asking for help and having someone to talk to that I know will always be in my corner, is invaluable.

Having a space where I can go and talk about what I need to talk about and being able to also provide that to my clients, is a precious gift.

 

I primarily utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness in the work I do with my clients, while also recognizing that being Client Centered and building a relationship with my client is essential for quality therapeutic work to be done. The value of Existentialism and finding meaning in challenge is also a technique I utilize regularly in my clinical work with clients.

 

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is also something I regularly turn to, as it combines mindfulness and CBT principles while adding even more skills for clients to utilize.

 

When coming to sessions, clients will be welcomed and encouraged to talk about what they want to focus on. Goals we can accomplish in our work together may include finding acceptance to be your true self, grieve a loss in your life, facing past or present fears and worries, and many other things. In sessions with me, you will have a space to open up about the hard things, the good things, the scary things and anything else you have going on in your life. We will also seek out moments of humor where we can laugh and find the joy in your life, too.

 

My hope is to help you become the person you want to be and meet the goals that are important to you.

 

Outside of the office I am a wife and mother of a 13 year old, a cat person, an avid reader and music listener (I am open to all genres), and love to travel and experience new things.

I look forward to meeting you and working together!!

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