Vicki Smith, Licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia

Vicki Smith, LPC

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Hey! Want to get out from under people pleasing and perfectionism? Find you voice? Have more fulfilling relationships where you don't do all the work and have to stay small and silent? Follow me! I know the way!

I freaking LOVE hanging out with people pleasers and perfectionists.

I discovered *how* and *why* these two personal qualities and patterns were running my life and I threw everything I had at them to change. But you know what? It didn't work.

I grew a ton in the process, but I was still being accomodating and overly helpful and TRYING SO HARD to make sure people liked me and stuck around.

Thank goodness I eventually found Mindfulness, Internal Family Systems and Polyvagal aka nervous system work and I started liking myself – like for the FIRST TIME!

I practiced what I was learning with my clients and now I don't see those clients anymore. THEY GOT BETTER! Some even ran off ahead of me and taught me a thing or two!

I do my best work with pleasers and perfectionists. Why? Because it takes one to know one! I often hear myself silently saying, "Yep. Been there. Done that." when a client shares how entangled they are in worry and super-human expectations.

And I often find myself outwardly cheering when a client shares how they spoke up, set a boundary or finally just let something go that they have carried around for too long – i.e. GUILT and OBLIGATION.

I've been coaching clients on how to both unwind from people pleasing and perfectionism as well as compassionately care for their nervous system while they do this work. I don't need to tell you – this stuff is baked into us and we have kept at it for a LONG time friends. We can't push ourselves out of a pattern and expect to maintain the work.

That is why I bring in the YEARS of spiritual seeking I have done into my work.

Two 200 hour Yoga Teacher Trainings
Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy certification
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction training
Mindful Compassion training
Hundreds of hours sitting in meditation myself = along with 10 day silent retreats thrown in
Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training certification
And a sh*t ton of my own work with Native American Elders, Gurus, Buddhist Dharma Teachers, IFS personal therapy and mind-body work.

I got the goods friends!!

So, let's meet. Work together for a while and then let me watch you walk out into your world with the CALM, COMPASSION, CLARITY and CONFIDENCE I see so many clients claim.

I always tell my clients – this is the place where you stop TALKING about the life you want and you start LIVING OUT the life you create.

Can't wait to hang out and make sh*t happen!

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Specialties & Clinical Interests

  • Anxiety
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Relationships
  • Self-Esteem
  • Spirituality
  • Stress/Stress Management
  • Women's Issues

Therapy Types

  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Mindfulness

Community Specialties

  • 12-Step Programs

Faith Based Specialties

  • Buddhism

Fees & Insurance

Cost per Session
$165.00 - $225.00
Sliding Scale
Yes
Pay By
Credit Card, American Express, Discover, Mastercard, Visa

Licenses & Certifications

Years in Practice
23
License(s)
License #
state
Licensed Professional Counselor
003689
Georgia
Professional Certification(s)
Organization
Date
Internal Family Systems
Internal Family Systems (IFS) Institute
2013
Graduate School(s)
Degree
Year Graduated
State University of West Georgia
Masters of Education
1999