Ryan Smith, LPC-S, NCC

Ryan Smith, LPC-S, NCC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Pronouns: he/ him/ his

My Background

I am a licensed professional counselor in Texas and have 10+ years of experience working with a variety mental health issues and ages. I specialize in working with the LGBTQIA+ population, with anything from helping people through the process of figuring out their identity to relationship counseling to coping with any oppression they might face. I have participated in trainings that have provided me with extensive knowledge about how to sensitively and effectively help people that identify themselves as part of the LGBTQIA+ community.  When my career started, I worked with individuals with anger management needs and currently have a comprehensive amount of experience with families and helping parents through any issues they might be facing.  I have experience working with clients as young as 4 years old to clients in their senior years of life, and everything in between.  I am passionate about my role as your counselor, and I believe you will pick up on that passion from the very start of our journey together.   

My Approach

I have knowledge and practice of many prominent counseling theories and will adapt my counseling approach to your needs and goals. I tend to implement an eclectic approach to therapy, including psychodynamic, emotion-focused, and solution-focused approaches.

I tend to think outside of the box and try to find unique solutions that are catered to you individually. I enjoy using cognitive-behavioral techniques (CBT) to address specific habits that might be standing in the way of your goals and living your best life. On top of developing cognitive tools, I find that it is also helpful to develop tools that focuses on the body’s reaction.  Using points from Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), I will guide you in methods that can be a great addition to the cognitive tools to help your body calm in order to process through your thoughts more clearly.  

My Counseling Personality

I am a kind-hearted and a very open-minded counselor and am proud to be accepting of all walks of life. I am able to incorporate religion-based counseling but am also open to working with individuals that are anti-religious and/or varying beliefs. I am eager to help you achieve your goals and would love to hear what concerns you have.  I believe that my clients are the experts of their lives, and I will work to use your expertise and perspectives to work towards succeeding in your goals.  Therapy can be a very vulnerable experience and helping you to be comfortable is a priority of mine.  Looking for help is a monumental step towards change, and I hope that I can work beside you through the next steps!

Areas of Expertise

  • LGBTQIA+ related issues
  • Stress, anxiety
  • Depression, self-esteem issues
  • Religious issues
  • Guilt, shame
  • Codependency
  • Sexual addiction
  • Infidelity
  • Dysphoria
  • Forgiveness
  • Polyamory/Nonmonogamous relationships
  • Sexual dysfunction, intimacy issues
  • Attachment and abandonment issues
  • Mindfulness   
  • Relationship issues
  • Communication issues
  • Parenting issues, family conflict
  • Motivational interviewing, addictions
  • Trauma, abuse
  • Eating disorders
  • Anger management
  • Young adult issues
  • Autism, Asperger Syndrome
  • Dating, commitment issues
  • Workplace issues, career difficulties
  • Divorce, separation
  • Adoption, foster care
  • Loneliness

Supervision of LPC-Associates

I provide supervision for LPC-Associates who work at Deep Eddy. My approach to supervision is highly collaborative and personally tailored to your supervision goals. Whether you want to work with kids, couples, or a specific theoretical orientation, I’m here to help you get there. Currently accepting new associates. 

License and Certification

Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (#67833)

National Board Certified Counselor