Hello and welcome to the USF Counseling Center!
My name is Shelby Smith and I am a postdoctoral resident at the Center. I earned my M.S. and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Kentucky University. Growing up in Appalachia, I learned the value of community and the joy of spending time outdoors. While I love the Bluegrass, I am excited to live in the Sunshine State and to be a part of the Counseling Center team!
I practice an integrative approach to counseling that includes mindfulness, interpersonal processes in therapy, cognitive behavioral approaches, and trauma-informed care. I am interested in helping you discover or recommit to what’s important to you and identify obstacles to moving your life in a meaningful direction. When working with students I strive to create a space where we can explore how your identities, cultural background, and life experiences are sources of strength, contribute to how you navigate the world, and relate to your treatment goals. Together, we’ll work on understanding the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and behavior, experiment with new skills, and become comfortable with the discomfort of new challenges. I’m excited to be able to join with you in taking the next step toward the life you want!
Clinical Interests: Mindfulness, suicidality, first generation college student concerns, health concerns, and LGBTQ+ wellness
Fluent in English
Affiliations: American Association of Suicidology, Student Division; Association for Contextual Behavior Science