Kendra Smith, LCPC
My pronouns are she/her. I’m a white, pansexual, non-binary therapist who shares my home with Luna (a dog) and Lucy (a cat). I enjoy fiber arts, cooking, and taking walks. Like all therapists in the practice, I am trans affirming and have access to regular trainings and consultation regarding gender identity related care.
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 other elders, I’m here to provide feedback, processing of relationship patterns or styles, and encouragement. 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.
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. The billing company we contract with submits claims for you and you receive reimbursement from your insurance. If you’d like to use your insurance out of network benefits, please verify them with your insurance company, as well as whether you have to meet a deductible first. I’ve listed the billing codes here you can ask about. Most plans pay you back 50%-80% of my rate. Once our biller sends a claim, it is out of our control regarding when, whether, or how much your insurance reimburses you and you will need to follow up with them regarding your claims and reimbursement.
Individual Sessions: The first session is $180 (Code 90791). Sessions after that are $170 (Code 90837). With the claim form I submit electronically you will end up paying out of pocket likely $30-$100 per session, which is the cost of a co-payment for most people. I have a limited number of reduced fee appointments, with priority given to deaf BIPOC clients. Please ask about any openings for low fee when you call.
Couple/Relationship/Family Therapy: The first session is $190 and sessions after are $180. 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 benefits.
If interested feel free to send an email to [email protected] or submit a Contact form through this website.