Steven Smith, Ph.D.

We are born whole and beautiful . . . and then things get tough.

Much too often, our experiences in this world are painful. As children with limited resources and wisdom, we adapt as best we can, and from those uncomfortable life experiences, create beliefs about ourselves and the world around us. It’s important to understand that at that time, our adaptive behavior was functionalIt was an attempt to dampen the pain

But, and this is a BIG but, when we leave our family of origin, we take those same beliefs with us and those beliefs affect our choices, determine our emotions, and indeed create our very experience of the world. As long as we maintain those beliefs that are not working for us, we will continue to re-create painful situations in our life. When the pain reaches a critical threshold, it is often then that we seek the help of a psychologist/therapist.

When choosing a psychologist, it is important to find someone with the needed skills and experience to adequately address your particular issues. My style of counseling is a blend of cognitive and somatic-based therapies, with “homework” between sessions so that gains made in the office can be transferred to your life.

My aim is to help you reach your goals and in doing so, I use a variety of methods. Some of them include:

  • Increasing your awareness of the beliefs that you continue to rely on that are no longer functional in your daily life . . . and changing them. Most of these beliefs are rooted in fear. It is the transformation of negative beliefs into healthy ones that brings about healing in our lives.
  • Improving your patterns of communication. You cannot “not” communicate. Everything you do involves communication of one type or another.  Learning to communicate clearly and lovingly can help many difficult situations in our lives.
  • Helping you to let go of the past so that you can create a positive present experience. Many times we are “bound” by an unforgiven past. We get stuck in a painful memory and are seemingly unable to move past it. Healing can happen and is incredibly beneficial to our emotional self and to our spirit. Forgiveness can be difficult, but extremely valuable in letting go of a painful past.
  • Improving your emotional regulation through HeartMath techniques and mindfulness meditation. By calming your body and through positive focus, you can significantly decrease your stress levels and increase your sense of personal well-being and resiliency.
  • Releasing the negative effects of trauma. I have been trained to use EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Training) in the treatment of traumas. EMDR is a therapeutic process that targets distressing events, simultaneously seeks to reprocess the negative beliefs and desensitize the negative feelings associated with these events. It is an excellent tool for healing.
  • Reframing painful experiences to view things from a different perspective. A shift in perspective can sometimes make a huge difference in how we feel about ourselves, others, or a painful event in our life.
  • Looking at what matters most in your life and helping you to make those changes that will bring you into alignment with what you value most.
  • Working, when needed, with a physician or psychiatrist who can prescribe appropriate medication that can be a useful adjunct to our work together.


  • Depression, anxiety, anger, grief and other mood disturbances
  • Emotional Trauma (using EMDR)
  • Certified for HeartMath Interventions (biofeedback)
  • Marriage, family and relationship difficulties (Imago Therapy)
  • Difficulties with sustaining attention and focus
  • Spirituality concerns and issues with forgiveness
  • Managing change
  • Life/Work Balance
  • Health and lifestyle balance
  • Mindfulness techniques for stress reduction

Insurances I Accept

Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Original Medicare (not Medicare Advantage plans)

I do not accept Medicaid or Medicaid-related insurance.

Insurance Clients

  • I accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, personal checks, or cash.
  • Sessions are 50 minutes in length.
  • Cancellations are allowed if made 24 hours or more in advance of your appointment.
  • You will be charged $75 on a credit card for the appointment if you fail to cancel by calling at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled time.

Private Pay Clients

I have a sliding scale from $90-$150 based on your household income. All marriage counseling is $175. Insurance does not cover marriage counseling. Click FEE STRUCTURE to see the fee for your income range.

  • I accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, personal checks, or cash.
  • Sessions are 50 minutes in length.
  • Cancellations are allowed if made 24 hours or more in advance of your appointment.
  • You will be charged $75 on a credit card for the appointment if you fail to cancel by calling at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled time.


Appointments can be made by calling me at 859-338-8720. Please leave a voicemail and let me know if you will be using insurance and if so, the name of your insurance company. You may also text me at this number if it’s more convenient for you.

You can reach me by email me at

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Intake Forms

Please click INTAKE FORMS for access to intake forms you will need to complete for your first appointment. Please print these out and bring the completed forms with you to the first session, otherwise you will need to do them again before we meet.