Angela “Deni” Smith, LCSW
Deni received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a Richmond native and has been a Social Worker for 25 years. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Virginia.
Deni strives to provide a strengths-based holistic approach when working with clients. She has been a clinician in a variety of community mental health settings over the span of her career. These include mental health and substance use treatment for those involved with the criminal justice system, foster care services, HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, and individual therapy services. She has worked with individuals with a broad range of clinical needs, to include those with diagnoses such as Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia, Depression and Anxiety, as well as those working towards managing the stress of various life transitions.
Deni uses a warm, personable, and empathetic approach to her work with clients and values bringing humor to the therapy process. She places a high priority on building a solid trusting relationship to help folks build personal resiliency and reach their defined goals. She understands the importance of the client’s perspective and will always work to empower those she works with to use their voice in the process.
She uses a variety of techniques to ensure that she is meeting each client where they are in the therapy process. These include trauma informed therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills, and other substance use recovery treatment approaches. Deni is trained in SMART Recovery. She is eager to work with those on the mental health and substance use spectrum, as well as those in need of processing general life stressors. Deni is passionate about working with those impacted by trauma, those seeking help around substance use or misuse, and those in the LGBTQ+ community.
When not working, Deni enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, watching movies, or listening to a variety of podcasts.
Below are some specific areas that this Therapist has identified as being in their clinical skillset to treat. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list, but is presented to serve as a guide as you learn more about the Therapist and their potential match with you.
- Anger Management
- Bipolar Disorder
- Borderline Personality Disorder
- Chronic Impulsivity
- First Responders
- Formerly Incarcerated
- Self Esteem
- Solution Focused Brief Intervention
- Women’s Issues
- Young-Adult Issues
- Men’s Issues
- Parenting Issues
- Identity Issues (Race)
- Substance Use
- Identity Issues (LGBTQ+)
- Life transitions
- Mood Disorders
- Peer Relationship
- School Issues (college or Other)