MA, AMFT — THERAPIST
Breanna Smith is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT #117681) with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University. She is currently completing her Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology at Pepperdine University.
Breanna believes that people are the experts on their life experience and that, when coupled with a supportive space and guidance, can use their strengths to accomplish their goals, live in their truth to thrive. She understands the feelings of sadness, anger, and frustration that come from living in a society that devalues people that look like you and come from where you are from.
Breanna uses a Humanistic orientation combined with an empowerment and social justice approach to help people process challenging issues and feelings. She believes in treating the whole person, and often incorporates body-based interventions like relaxation, deep breathing, and mindfulness into treatment.
Breanna is passionate about working with Black, Indigenous, and other people of color. She helps them learn healthy communication skills, explore identity concerns, relieve race-related stress and symptoms of trauma. She specializes in working with Black women who feel the pressure and stress that comes with being “strong” and “on” all the time.
Breanna enjoys working with children, adults, and couples. She helps them address depression, anxiety, life transitions, personality disorders, trauma and relationship difficulties. She has been extensively trained in CBT, DBT, psychodynamic and humanistic psychotherapy, and multicultural practices.
Breanna is supervised by Kim Simmonds (LMFT89466).