Kelly Smith is a licensed clinical social worker (LICSW), who primarily works with foster and adoptive children/youth who have experienced abuse, neglect, abandonment and multiple placements. Kelly utilizes a number of treatment modalities. Her philosophical framework includes the belief that when a child’s early attachment history consists of abuse, neglect, abandonment and/or multiple placements, the child/youth has not experienced what is necessary for healthy development.

A child’s early development is experienced through the sensory and neurological systems, so the intervention with children and youth needs to incorporate techniques that take this into consideration. When a child experiences trauma and/or loss, their ability to attach to others is impacted.

There are a variety of modalities that Kelly utilizes. She is extensively trained in the following areas and incorporates them into her work:

  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, developed by Dan Hughes
  • EMDR, developed by Francine Shaperio
  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, developed by Pat Ogden
  • Theraplay, developed by Ann Jernberg
  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

Kelly’s clinical work with foster/adoptive children incorporates the foster parent(s) they are currently living with, their adoptive parent(s) and/or previous parental figures that have been involved in their lives. Helping a foster/adoptive child heal from these previous traumas involves a team approach and parenting from a therapeutic perspective with attuned, playful, relationally healthy and committed parent(s).

Ms. Smith’s clinical practice is full and she is unable to take on new ongoing clients. However, she is able to provide clinical assessment and/or consultation. In particular, Ms. Smith has extensive experience providing consultation to schools, court systems, child advocates, and therapists.