Hello! My name is Kelly Smartt, and I’m a licensed marriage and family therapist associate. I live in the Dallas area with my husband and two teenage kids. After college, I earned an MBA and worked in the corporate world for many years. Later, I went back to school to pursue my passion — to train and become a licensed therapist. Now, I hold a master’s degree in family therapy, and I’m working on my doctoral dissertation (all PhD classes completed). I love working as a therapist and feel that I’m now living my true vocation, the work I’m meant to be doing.
My office is centrally located in Spring Valley Center on Spring Valley Road right off the Dallas North Tollway . . . easy to get to from from North Dallas, Addison, Richardson, Carrollton, Farmer’s Branch, and (via the tollway) Plano and Frisco.
I believe in the therapy process. It has worked for me, and I see it work for my clients. I am trained in family systems therapy. In my practice I use an experiential, emotion-focused, attachment-based approach. I’m also closely attending to depth aspects (psyche, soul, unconscious) and bringing that perspective into the systemic work.
I have specialized training in emotionally focused therapy, systemic, and psychodynamic therapy approaches as well as trauma therapy. I am a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT), the Texas Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (TAMFT), Relational Therapists of Dallas (RTD), and the International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy [(EFT) ICEEFT]. I have completed the EFT Externship as well as Level 1 and Level 2 in Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFiT).
More important than any model, technique, or approach is the working partnership that we create together. I always want to work collaboratively with you, as your partner, to find inner wisdom, strength, power, resilience to solve problems and to bring about the long-term change — transformation— you’re looking for.
I have a compassionate manner and a positive, nonjudgmental attitude. I’ve found much joy in seeing my clients find increased well-being and greater happiness through therapeutic talking and listening. Whatever issues bring you to therapy, I hope we can work together.
Communication is to relationships what breath is to life. ~ Virginia Satir