Victoria Smith, MSW, ASW
I have been a lifelong resident of the South Bay. I grew up in Manhattan Beach, and attended MBMS and Mira Costa High School.
I received my undergraduate degrees in psychology and applied psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and continued on to the University of Southern California where I received my Master of Social Work degree.
My research and clinical experience has been with an array of clients from diverse backgrounds. At UCSB I conducted research in local high schools that aimed to determine the most effective methods to prevent dating violence in students in 9th-12th grade. As a clinical intern at USC, I worked in a disabled students program with community college students in Los Angeles who ranged in age from 18-65, where my work focused on helping my clients with life transitions, school and family stressors, and helping clients who were struggling to find their identity and a sense of purpose. I also worked as a clinical intern at the Pain Psychology Center in Beverly Hills, where I gained experience with treating and healing chronic pain through psychotherapeutic approaches including cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and psychodynamic therapy.
I have always been fascinated by the mind-body connection, especially when it comes to healing emotional wounds. My passion is working with clients in a way that will not only facilitate emotional healing, but will allow them to feel more connected to their bodies in order to foster a greater sense of wellbeing. This type of therapy is particularly helpful for clients who have experienced trauma and have felt subsequent physical symptoms, and can also be impactful for people who are experiencing anxiety, depression, and any day-to-day stressors. I have worked with numerous clients who were experiencing a variety of physical symptoms from chronic headaches to chronic pain, insomnia to fibromyalgia, who were able to significantly reduce or even eliminate their physical symptoms through the use of mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy, and psychodynamic therapy. I strive to help clients regain a sense of confidence and purpose, which directly improves their overall wellbeing.