About

Moving from talking about, to living out the life you desire

ABOUT VICKI |  WORKING WITH ME CREDENTIALS


Do any of these thoughts and feelings sound familiar– or even fill a good portion of your day.

I’m here to let you know it doesn’t have to take so much work to do life!

I started my working life in the corporate world. I had no idea what I was doing, but I knew it was the best way to pay the rent! After a few years of sitting at a desk and feeling unfulfilled, I made a scary and difficult decision to quit and pursue my interest in psychotherapy. Honestly, I have never looked back.

While my post graduate work was thorough and informative, it has not been the cornerstone of how I work with clients. The successes and mistakes of being an entrepreneur in private practice, as well as my own personal life journey, have been enlightening and helpful in working with people.

I’ve been a seeker all my adult life. Meditation and yoga have been the most fruitful paths to understanding more about my inner world. Through that work, I’ve come to understand that so much of my effort is an attempt to feel like I am managing life.

I know there is a desire in all of us to feel at peace inside. We want to simply like who we are and to trust ourselves to handle what life puts in front of us. We long for meaningful relationships and purposeful work. But, we spend most of our time going through our days on autopilot and not deeply connecting with the things we see as most important in our lives. We hope that outside circumstances will align and we will finally feel a moment of joy and happiness inside.

The good news is, we don’t have to rely on the external world to fall into place before we feel good inside! It’s a journey, and journeys take time, but I’m here to tell you, you can move from talking about to living out the life you want! I’ve seen it in my client’s life and in my own. We have the ability to change long-standing habits, quiet the incessant inner critic and actually like ourselves.

After hearing my clients, my friends and myself express a true desire to experience ease in life, I decided to focus my psychotherapy practice on helping people truly get to know themselves and like what they find!

Ready to put theory into action? Discover how my approach delivers insights that you can put into action!

Working with me

Office Hours
Monday – Thursday
1pm – 530pm

Fee
$140 individual, adult clients

Time
Sessions are 50-55 minutes in length

Making Appointments
I like to talk with prospective new clients on the phone for 5-10 minutes to get an idea of what you are wanting to work on in therapy. It’s a time for me to ask a few questions and answer any you may have before moving on to making an appointment.

If you choose to go online and make an appointment through Simple Practice, I will receive an email with your request. I will reach out to connect on the phone first and then Accept the time slot you reserved.

All new client forms are signed after creating a client account through Simple Practice. Once our appointment has been confirmed, you will receive an email from me to set up your personal portal.

Frequency of Appointments
Most people like to know how long it will take to start feeling better.  Therapy works best if appointments are made on a weekly basis.  New clients generally commit to 4 consecutive weekly sessions to determine if we are a good match.  After this introductory time, we can assess if you would like to continue and if weekly sessions are best for you.

Missed Appointments
Missed appointments require 48 hour notice.  The full fee ($140) is required for an appointment cancelled without 48 hour notice.  Insurance cannot be used for missed appointments.

Email and contact outside of session
I use email to contact clients for scheduling purposes only: vicki@vickibsmith.com

A courtesy reminder email will be sent 3 days ahead of the scheduled appointment time.  You may email and/or call to setup an appointment if you are in distress, but I do not do therapy via email, text, or voicemail.

 

Credentials

Education
State University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA, 1996 – 1999
Masters of Education – Community Counseling

Accreditations 
Licensed Professional Counselor – #003689 – 9/2002
Certifications in Yoga – Hatha and Classical Teacher trainings – 2000 and 2008
Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy Practitioner – 2004
Internal Family Systems Practitioner – 2014

Professional Experience
Sundance Therapy, Atlanta, GA, 08/06 – Present
Psychotherapist – Private Practice

  • Provide individual psychotherapy with a focus on anxiety, depression, addiction, codependency, family of origin/parent issues, perfectionism, PTSD and forming relationship to Self.
  • Focus on body-centered psychotherapy practices such as mindfulness, yoga therapy (breathing, meditation, sound and movement) as well as Internal Family Systems model.

Metro Behavioral Care, Lawrenceville, GA, 3/03-8/06
Psychotherapist – Private Practice

  • Provide individual, couples and family therapy to a broad spectrum of populations. Worked with anxiety, depression, Bipolar, addiction, codependency, grief, abuse, relationship and divorce counseling.
  • Areas of focus include Women’s issues, self-esteem, recovery from codependency, boundary setting, assertiveness training and education on being a creative force in their lives.

Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, Atlanta, GA, 2/04-Present
Practitioner – Private Practice

  • Work with individuals to access inner wisdom and connection to Self by assisting with yoga postures, guided imagery and mindful presence.

SummitRidge Center Behavioral Health, Lawrenceville, GA, 10/01 –3/03
Therapist – Adult Partial Hospitalization Program

  • Group Counseling – conducted Process, Problem Solving and Relapse Prevention groups as a step-down program for individuals needing stabilization after inpatient treatment.
  • Family Counseling – co-lead Multi-Family group for patients and family members.
  • Treatment Planning, Report and Record Keeping
  • Quality Improvement – Implemented Mind/Body/Spirit weekly group which included relaxation techniques, guided imagery and yoga postures. Also initiated creative therapy groups which included team building activities, art therapy, nature walks and psychodrama.

Metro Atlanta Recovery Residences, Inc., Clarkston, GA, 5/99 – 10/01
Day Treatment Coordinator

  • Individual, Group and Family counseling. Managed ongoing, individual client caseload, led three groups per day, one community group per week, focusing on the 12 Steps and Relapse Prevention.
  • In-Service and Community based education – participated in in-service education for staff (led in-service), active with Family Program, co-led  Co-dependency workshops.
  • Quality Improvement – updated 12 Step preparation work for Day Treatment patients, added yoga (expressive therapy) to schedule.
  • Crisis Intervention – on-call duty, Client Screening/Intake, Treatment Planning, Report and Record Keeping, Case Review/Management