Welcome. I’m so glad you made it here and I would love to support you in your healing.
My name is Alison (Ally) Guida Smith. I am a California Board of Behavioral Sciences licensed psychotherapist, and an Expressive Arts Therapist (CA MFC # 48932). I have worked with adults and youth in the fields of psychotherapy, healing, and personal development both locally and internationally for over 18 years.
I blend my training in somatic psychology, mindfulness, dance therapy, expressive arts and counseling with current research to empower you with tools you need to heal. I believe in your ability to navigate your inner and outer worlds when you feel supported in a non-judgmental, compassionate and steady way. My hope is that we cultivate a trusting partnership to support your healing process.
I have successfully worked with or treated:
-sexual and developmental traumas
-anxiety and depression symptoms
-body image and eating disorder issues
-addictions rooted in trauma-trauma (including developmental and complex trauma) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder-ADHD and other childhood disorders including conduct disorders-relationship issues that affect multi-racial clients and cross-cultural families and communities
-issues specific to military service members and their spouses and children
-developmental life transitions
-psychosomatic symptoms (psychological symptoms connected to physical symptoms)
-creativity, self-esteem issues-spiritual and religious inquiries affecting relationships
I have a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies. I also have a Dance Therapy Graduate Degree from the University of Surrey in London. I started in this field about 20 years ago and have worked in psychiatric hospitals, nursing homes, non-profit organizations, elementary schools, a prison, for the U.S. Navy and in private practice. I have worked with people from ages 5 to 103 (yes, 103!) and enjoy guiding others on their healing journeys.
I have been committed to working with families, children, couples and individuals for many years after healing my own traumas and eating disorder.
I enjoy singing, dancing, photography, writing, and international travel. I have traveled to over 50 countries and lived in many, including Spain, Italy, England, India, Indonesia, Thailand and Mexico. I speak Spanish fluently. I spend part of my summers working in Asia with youth and women with my non profit HAPPI, Healing Arts Peace Projects International (www.healingartspeaceprojects.org). I am a married mother to two children. Being in my nearly mid-40s now, I am learning to balance work, play and family life.
I am absolutely passionate about healing the whole person and work with mind, body and spirit to engage your own inner resources to heal. I consider myself a humble guide on our journey and mindfully intend to be both compassionate and authentic in my relating.
Please contact me via firstname.lastname@example.org or
(415) 887-8214 (confidential voicemail).
I truly look forward to working with you.
Psychotherapy Sessions are 45minutes and cost $180 (see other services + fees on other page).
Payments is made in advance of session via agreed-upon method. Sessions are done in person and on the phone or via skype if required in you are located in California.
If you feel strongly about working together and you are financially struggling I may be able to work with your situation upon consultation. Although I do not accept insurance at this time, I can provide a bill that you can submit to your insurance agency for reimbursement which may be fully or partially covered. Please check with your insurance agency regarding this.
My office is located at Arthaus Studios at 2744 East 11th, Oakland..
There is a reception + waiting area with complimentary tea/coffee and snacks