Christian Smith, L.I.C.S.W.

Position at CCPH: Psychiatric Social Worker

Years at UMass: January 2016-Present

Education: University of Connecticut School of Social Work, Master of Social Work (MSW), 2003 – 2006;
University of Massachusetts, Amherst Bachelor of Arts (BA), Sociology, 1995 - 1998

More about me: Throughout my career I have had the privilege of helping hundreds of individuals and families find the peace and resolve they always felt they deserved but struggled to believe possible. I believe most people can name the change they desire but find the difficulty in claiming that change in the midst of life's daily demands.  If you are feeling stuck or unable to enact your goals in some way, individuals find that a safe and supportive space to talk, plan and proceed towards their goals is exactly what is needed to experience success.

I practice an evidence based model: Motivational Interviewing, it is a collaborative conversation to strengthen a person's own motivation for and commitment to change.  Motivational Interviewing has demonstrated results in work with behavior change.  I have extensive experience helping people replace unwanted behaviors for long-lasting, fulfilling lifestyle changes.

I am an African American male therapist who not only identifies with those of that experience but I also offer an understanding and ability to relate to people from all walks of life.  I am in touch with the struggle for greatness which I believe lives in us all.