Christina Smith LCSW
Christina has been a clinician in the field of social work/mental health since 2000. From 2010-2012, as Clinical Director, Christina created a Boise-based behavioral health agency, Alpine Behavioral Health, that provides multiple mental health services. In recent past, Christina worked for Boise State University’s Counseling Center as a Clinical Social Worker and Assistant Director of Operations. She currently teaches for Boise State University’s Social Work Department as an Adjunct Faculty Member. Christina earned her bachelor’s degree from Boise State University and in 2000 earned a Master’s of Social Work from Walla Walla University in College Place, Washington State. In Fall 2014, Christina was elected as a board member for the newly developed Idaho Region 4 Behavioral Health Board that has 23 members. There are 7 additional Regional Behavioral Health Boards statewide which gives opportunity to provide support for upcoming legislation and to community based programs with regards to mental health and substance abuse issues/treatment needs in the state of Idaho. If interested in learning more about the Regional Behavioral Health Boards, visit this website: http://www.bhb4.dhw.idaho.gov/
Christina has been a certified Clinical Supervisor since 2009 to provide clinical support to master level clinicians working towards a clinical endorsement for counseling and social work.
She has served many client populations including but not limited to the following: veterans, at-risk youth, developmental disabilities, severe and persistent mental illness (ie. schizophrenia, bipolar, depression, severe anxiety, OCD, hoarding, Borderline Personality), addictions, ADHD, grief/loss/bereavement, couples, adults, families, children/adolescents, HIV/AIDS, LGBT and Transgender, Refugees, Trauma/PTSD, and college level student populations.
Christina uses a client centered, strength-based approach in order to empower clients to identify answers to their problems within themselves. Her therapy approaches include a combination of Cognitive Behavioral, Mindfulness, Adlerian, Existential, Dialectical, and Reality Therapy based techniques.
Christina understands that it is not always easy to start counseling, especially if this is an individual’s first time. Feel free to contact her if you have questions about the therapy process.