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Meet B'well Therapist Hannah Smith

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Hi! I'm Hannah. I'll start by saying I'm so happy that I'm at B'well, and I'm even happier now that you've arrived here, too. I've been an LGPC therapist here since February 2022. Before that I was living in (very chilly) Syracuse, New York where I earned my Master's of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. And before that, I earned my BA in Psychology at the (very sweaty) College of Charleston in South Carolina. I was an extremist with the whole weather thing, but I think I'm balancing it out here in Baltimore, finally.

I always knew I wanted to work in mental health. Its presence was something that always stuck out to me from the time I was very young and it never really went away. If anything, it got louder and louder as I moved through my own life and met more people, but it was not something others outwardly talked about. That silence eventually became deafening to me and I knew I had to be an active part of the community in some way. So here we are.

I've worked with an array of people, from young kids all the way up to geriatrics and I've found that one thing is true across the board: you are the expert on your own life. I work in such a way that seeks to find your empowerment and provides a space where you feel you can take the proverbial kettle off of the stove. I am not a stern or directional therapist, but rather a gentle guide through your therapeutic journey. I am always keeping an ear to the ground for new and exciting interventions that involve plenty of self-reflection and somatic awareness (Brainspotting, for example). Incorporating elements of trauma-informed therapy, reframing, distress tolerance, music, and mind-body connection has helped me form the therapist I am today. I keep an open mind when it comes to interventions, and I hope you will, too. Even if you don't, we can just sit quietly and stare at each other for the entire time if that's what you need. Really. I don't mind. It's happened.

I try to practice what I preach and do the things that serve me regularly: yoga, reading, cooking, and walks with my dog. But sometimes it can be hard to do and that's ok, too. Being honest with myself and transparency are the primary forces that I use to guide me, and my hope is to uphold that in the same way with my clients.

In seeking truth with ourselves, we find growth. I look forward to continuing my own growth here at Bwell. I have found it to be such an insightful experience and I hope you will, too.

Looking to work with an open-minded,

growth-oriented therapist?

Hannah is now scheduling new clients!

You can read more about Hannah and set up

an initial consult with her here.

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