Kendra Smith, LCPC
When not working, I fill my time with fiber arts, exploring thrift stores, reading, and hanging with my cat and dog. I’m white and non-binary. My pronouns are she/her or they/them.
Culturally Affirmative Therapy with Deaf and Hard of Hearing People
I have extensive experience working with Deaf community and am familiar with Deaf culture. I’m bilingual in English and American Sign Language and one of my joys is assisting Deaf and hard of hearing individuals with life transitions, trauma recovery, and relationship challenges.
One area of interest for me is in assisting people who want to improve their relationships. Whether you want support in parenting, building friendships, improving romantic partnerships, or finding connection with, and as, elders, I’m here to provide encouragement, feedback and support in understanding relationship patterns and styles. We can work on this individually, or in couples or family configurations.
Anxiety and Trauma
Anxiety can show up as worry, repetitive thoughts, irritability, tension, stomach pain or nausea, and a number of other ways. Trauma can manifest as having nightmares, staying alert and on edge, reliving past events, chronic illness or pain, dissociation or numbing, difficulty in various types of relationships, along with other symptoms. It can sometimes feel like there’s no hope for changing these things or living without them. I believe you can find relief from anxiety or trauma responses and am here to offer possibility of a new way of being and concrete healing strategies.
Parents of Trans and Gender Expansive Individuals
Parents usually want to be supportive and affirming but sometimes aren’t sure how. They may want information, resources, or a place to process their own emotions as changes take place. I’m here to help parents adjust and maintain a close relationship with their child.
I have over 20 years of experience being a therapist and counselor educator. I have a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling and a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies. Additionally, I have specialized training and experience in Multichannel Eye Movement Integration, mindfulness, clinical supervision, and distance-based counseling. I am licensed in both DC and Maryland so can see people who live in either of these locations.
We are out of network with insurance companies for many reasons. You’ll receive monthly superbills (a special receipt) in case you want to submit to your insurance or FSA. Those with out of network benefits often end up paying $40-100 per session out of pocket after reimbursement.
Individual Sessions: The first session is $185 (Code 90791). Sessions after that are $175 (Code 90837). If you have out of network benefits and submit your superbills, you will end up paying out of pocket likely $40-$100 per session. I have a limited number of reduced fee appointments, with priority given to deaf BIPOC clients. Please ask about any openings for reduced fee when you call.
Couple/Relationship/Family Therapy: The first session is $205 and sessions after are $195. Some insurance plans may consider it “family therapy”, (code 90847) if the couple is married, but you’ll want to verify this with them in order to file for your out of network benefits.
Please know that any communication or dealing with reimbursement denials are between you and your insurer. You always have the right to appeal denials with them, and request assistance from the MD State Insurance Commissioner. However, we do not become involved in those communications.
If interested feel free to send an email to [email protected] or submit a Contact form through this website.