Practice Areas

At Clinical Psychology of Fort Smith, LLC, we treat a variety of mental health struggles and care for you throughout all stages of life. These practice areas include:

  • Emotional Distress
  • Relationships of all types
  • Developmental Issues
  • Lifespan Concerns
  • Mind-body Issues
  • Self-awareness and Self-regulation Issues
  • Psychological Trauma

Emotional Distress

Psychological problems can be associated with many emotions, but are most commonly seen in people living with depression and anxiety. When treating emotional issues, the expert professionals at Clinical Psychology of Fort Smith, LLC promote healthy emotional processing through awareness, identification, regulation, and expression.

We treat a large variety of emotional problems, including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Complicated grief
  • Anger management
  • Phobias
  • Mood swings

Relationships

We believe healthy, effective relationships are essential to enjoying good quality of life. Our happiness and life satisfaction is greatly affected by the quality of our intimate relationships, family relationships, friendships and even work relationships. Psychological skills (particularly social, communication and conflict resolution skills) are crucial in developing these relationships. At Clinical Psychology of Fort Smith, we work with you to develop these skills so you can overcome your most unique relationship challenges.

We customize your treatment to meet these individual challenges. Possible treatment approaches include:

  • Couples counseling
  • Marital counseling
  • Family counseling
  • Post-divorce counseling
  • Individual therapy

Developmental Issues

Developmental issues can manifest in several different ways at various stages throughout life. While typical human development seems to follow somewhat of a pattern, that’s not always the case for everyone. We assist parents of children with developmental issues as well as help people with developmental issues themselves. Some of these struggles the experienced practitioners at Clinical Psychology of Fort Smith help treat are:

  • Cognitive development
  • Personality development
  • Developmental challenges and learning disabilities
  • Child development
  • Social or cultural development
  • Self awareness / self regulation

Lifespan Concerns

The professionals at Clinical Psychology of Fort Smith, LLC assist patients with lifespan concerns through providing appropriate psychological treatment to address the wide range of issues that arise from childhood through aging and late life. This plan of treatment creates an effective response and transition through the various stages of development. Additionally, our expert mental health professionals provide help with the challenges that arise from unexpected transitions, which also confront us throughout life.

Some examples of lifespan concerns we address are:

  • Child behavior problems
  • Parenting challenges
  • School-related problems — learning, behavior, attention
  • Child/adolescent peer-relationship problems
  • Mid-life difficulties
  • Aging family concerns

Mind-Body Issues

Many psychological problems can be attributed to the relationship between our mind and our body. When the mind is struggling with a challenge, it is actually quite natural for the body to be affected as well. And conversely, when the body is struggling with a challenge, the mind can also be affected. Clinical Psychology of Fort Smith, LLC’s trained professionals will help you develop and use the skills necessary to manage your challenges effectively and restore balance to the mind-body relationship.

Our clinicians have experience in treating a wide range of mind-body issues. Examples of psychosomatic issues we treat include:

  • Stress-related illness (for example: autoimmune disorders, cardiovascular disease, gastrointestinal disorders, etc.)
  • Physical activity and diet/mood connections
  • Sleep disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Chronic pain

Self-Awareness and Self-Regulation

More individuals than you may initially realize suffer from self-awareness issues, including difficulties with self-regulation and self-expression. Social anxiety, evaluation apprehension and shyness can greatly interfere with our ability to establish healthy connections between ourselves and others. A healthy awareness of ourselves, along with the abilities to regulate our behavior and to effectively express our emotions, are critical to creating a good quality of life.

The trained professionals at Clinical Psychology of Fort Smith, LLC emphasize the development of “self” skills to address a variety of self-awareness/self-regulation difficulties. Examples of these are:

  • Behavior change and habit control
  • Compulsive, self-destructive behavior (for example: substance abuse, self-injury, etc.)
  • Identity confusion
  • Aimless direction and/or the absence of life goals
  • Attention & focusing problems
  • Performance enhancement: artistic, athletic, academic, and occupational


Psychological Trauma

Healing psychological injuries involves healthy psychological integration after an abnormal experience. At Clinical Psychology of Fort Smith, LLC, our expertly trained professionals are very aware that many people experience tragic situations and events, which inflict psychological and emotional injuries. When treating such injuries, our clinicians address a range of symptoms that could reside in the form of depression, anxiety, hyper-vigilance, irritability, excessive guilt feelings, intrusive thoughts and sleep disturbance.

The professionals at Clinical Psychology of Fort Smith, LLC have a wealth of experience with providing treatments that promote the effective healing of such psychological injuries, so they are not life-diminishing, but rather can become life-enhancing. Possible concerns and treatments include, but are not limited to:

  • Trauma caused by natural disaster, medical events, violence, and combat
  • Post-traumatic growth
  • Healthy psychological integration after an abnormal experience