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Deanna Smith, MSW

Deanna Smith, MSW

MSW

Philosophy of Care

I believe in the power of a positive and supportive relationship. Therapy can be daunting; the skills, collaboration, and support of a qualified therapist are a key ingredient in successful therapeutic change. Each experience is as unique as the individual choosing therapy and the therapist must recognize this and honor the diversity of each patient.

Open communication is difficult; it is not always possible in the beginning. It can take time and that time must be allowed. With patience and skill, the therapeutic relationship does develop and growth, change, and strength do occur for the patient and in their life. Goals are inevitably collaborative and are a decision between the patient and the therapist. Working together toward the mutual completion of therapeutic goals allows the patient to positively tackle the challenges in their daily lives. I have been honored to work with many who have tackled their challenges and I have witnessed extraordinary growth and improvement in the lives of many who made the commitment to themselves by engaging in therapy.

Education and Licensure

  • Master of Social Work, Mental Health emphasis, The University of Utah, 2018
  • Bachelor of Social Work, Utah State University, 2016

Clinical Experience

My passion from working with individuals began at an early age as I noticed the prevalent issues associated with pressures for individuals to conform to the society and the societal perceptions of beauty. This began my passion for working with individuals who struggle with eating disordered behaviors and negative body image issues. I began my career by working at an eating disorder clinic at Avalon Hills in Logan Utah providing direct services to women with various eating disorders. Following that, I worked at USU’s domestic violence and sexual assault center as an advocate working directly with survivors of abuse. Here I developed relationships with individuals often in crisis and struggling with the trauma and abuse. During graduate school, I trained at an Anxiety Treatment Center as well as coordinating with the Salt Lake City Police Department on issues of immigration, the refugee population and the LGBTQ community. I have had the opportunity to advance my skills in a wide range of different environments and with individuals of diverse backgrounds. I have been fortunate to experience the strength of an individual who is empowered and has the confidence to combat the many challenges which exist in our society.

Area of Specialty

Helping People With
  • Anxiety
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Muscle Dysmorphia
  • Eating Disorders
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • LGBTQIA+ Affirmative Therapy
  • Negative Body Image Issues
  • Non-Suicidal Self Injurious Behavior
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Panic Disorder
  • Phobias
  • Sexual Assault & Trauma
  • Social Anxiety
  • Spiritual/Faith/Religious Transitions
  • Women’s Health Issues
Trained In
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Exposure Response Prevention Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy