Ikeshia Smith, MSSA, LSW
Ikeshia Smith has completed training toward her Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology. The PsyD will be conferred on September 17, 2021. Ms. Smith is supervised at BWG by Dr. John Glovan. She will also be supervised by Joan Raskin, LISW-S as she accrues supervision hours toward her independent social worker degree. Her interest is in providing therapy and conducting psychological testing/assessments to children, adolescents, and adults. Ms. Smith’s treatment approach is integrative with a foundation in cognitive-behavioral therapy. In addition, she utilizes dialectical behavioral therapy and trauma-focused behavioral therapy. She specializes in mood, anxiety, and trauma disorders; crisis intervention and risk assessment; racial and institutional trauma. Ms. Smith is passionate about diversity, inclusion and the LGBTQ population.
Ms. Smith has an extensive history working with children, families and the geriatric population. She has worked with children and families involving abuse and neglect and has participated in Family Reunification Recovery Court to address substance abuse using motivational interviewing skills. In addition, for a special project as a graduate student, she developed an agency hair care pamphlet to expand the knowledge of hair care needs of foster children and its importance for building self-esteem. Recently, she has developed a mental health program for a home health agency. It includes crisis intervention, cognitive-behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy that addresses older adults with chronic illnesses diagnosed with depression and anxiety. Ms. Smith has also worked as an overnight emergency mental health clinician, assessing for suicidal risk.
Currently, Ms. Smith is completing her APA-Accredited Appalachian Internship where she works with all age groups in an integrative care setting. She completed an internship project that involved an agency wide program proposal associated with social and racial justice, which will be implemented in the Fall of 2021. In addition, Ms. Smith is currently a chief strategist for a non-profit organization based out of Cleveland, Ohio that helps implement mental health services in religious institutions.
Ms. Smith earned her bachelor’s degree from Kent State University in Ohio, her master’s degree from Case Western Reserve University in Ohio, and she is currently earning her PsyD from Capella University in Clinical Psychology.
One of my favorite quotes is
"The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times" -Paulo Coelho
While this quote has been worded differently over time by different people, the meaning remains the same. Life will knock you down time after time, but that is not what counts. What counts is how you continue to get up. It won’t be easy and the solutions won’t be readily accessible. However, the power to keep going when the road is shaky shows not only strength but courage even when we don’t feel it.