About Jill Smith, MA
I became a counselor because I want to sit with you and hear your story. Whether you have lost a loved one or have experienced abuse, trauma or shame, I don’t want you to be alone. I want to give you a safe place to talk about your life struggles. I want to partner with you as you discover solutions to your problems, healing for your pain and hope for the future.
I use person centered therapy to partner with you as we find ways to managing the difficult areas of life right now. Sometimes dialectical behavior therapy techniques help manage emotions and focus thoughts
and actions. Together we will find what works best for you. I have worked with individuals dealing with anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, life adjustment issues, relationships, parenting, grief over loss and spiritual issues.
I come from a Christian worldview that centers my life and impacts my care and compassion for you. You do not need to share the same spirituality for us to have a positive therapeutic relationship.
While not seeing clients in therapy I enjoy the outdoors: hiking, biking and taking walks with my husband. I have three grown children and a sweet dog. Relationships have taught me a lot about myself and others. I continue to learn and grow personally so that I can be a better therapist.
I am currently a Registered Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) Intern with the state of Oregon, which means I am working toward completing my license requirements. I work under a supervisor, Rachel Cazavilan (license # C4733). She will provide support and guidance for me as I work with each client.
I believe in the therapeutic process and that it has the potential to lead to a more fulfilling life: physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
I look forward to meeting you and journeying together through this season of your life.