Teresa H. Smiley
Effective Licensed Professional Counselor
Driven professional with years of proven expertise in empowering patients to overcome mental and psychological struggles and take control of their physical well-being. Equipped with a solid educational formation, recent certifications and extensive hands-on experience in managing a wide range of cases including anxiety, depression, ADHD, bi-polar, schizophrenia, eating disorders and substance abuse. Unconfined to a single modality to allow a tailored approach for each patient's unique needs and abilities. A master of humanistic therapy approach recognized for delivering impressive results through cognitive-based psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and solution-focused brief therapy.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Mental Health Evaluations
Special Needs Therapy
Grief & Loss
Depression & Anxiety
MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELOR Phoenix Associates Counseling Services, Inc., Garland, TX
2016 to Present
Accountable for the accurate evaluation of a highly diverse prison population as well as the determination of appropriate therapy treatment recommendations for mentally ill and drug addicted patients. Assess each case and issue referrals for psychiatric evaluation and medication.
Trusted subcontractor to the Department of Justice, Bureau of Prisons.
Appointed to aid and address at-risk families covering a wide variety of individual and group cases.
Instrumental in the decision to retain or release detainees in the federal criminal justice system.
HIGH SCHOOL COUNSELOR Woodrow Wilson High School, Dallas, TX
2006 to 2014
Managed a caseload of over 500 students varying complexity. Arranged for personal and group counseling sessions after the initial information intake with the aim of identifying the actual root causes and appropriate course of action.
Developed official school-wide counseling program for faculty, staff, parents and stakeholders in the community. Components of the program aligned with the goals and mission of the school by providing a classroom guidance curriculum, individual academic planning with all students, responsive services and a system support congruent with the district priorities and state and federal school improvement mandates.
Championed the establishment and leadership of the Responsive/Crisis Team for the entire school. Developed a tracking system of referrals to community agencies to assist students facing personal crisis outside the scope of the school counseling program. Provided follow-up when they returned with individual and/or group counseling. Created specialized plans to guide school prevention, intervention and management of a crisis response. Trained staff how to report abuse, trauma, potential violence or harm to self or others.
Chairperson/Coordinator for 504/SSD (Services for Students with Disabilities) ensuring the necessary support for parents, faculty and staff members.
SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER Schrade Middle School, Garland ISD, Garland, TX
2003 to 2006
Utilized the necessary modifications to the curriculum to better facilitate the needs of special 8th grade students.
Collaborated with the parents on ideas to support continuous learning beyond the classroom.
Facilitated consultations for both faculty and parents.
Tutored and counseled special children, tailoring the session based on their needs and abilities.
COUNSELOR (ADOLESCENTS AND FAMILIES) Arapahoe House, Aurora, CO
2000 to 2003
Provided treatment and counseling to individuals and families struggling with substance abuse.
Assessed each case through a process consisting of a diagnostic interview, psychosocial assessment, substance use evaluation, dual diagnosis review and appropriate case management.
Customized the most appropriate treatment plans utilizing a variety of clinical counseling techniques and evidence- based modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
EDUCATION & CREDENTIALS
Master of Arts in Counseling University of Phoenix, Denver, CO
Member, Colorado Counseling Association
Master of Arts in Sociology University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Thesis: “Perceived Stress, Depression and the Mediating Effect of Social Support”.
Research Assistant: Dr. Melanie Martindale
“Sexual Harassment in the Military”
“Racial Differences in the Impact of Military Service”
Research Assistant: Dr. Janet Hunt
Dual Careers, Gender Identity, Changing Family Patterns
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Dean’s List: 4.0 GPA
Research Assistant: Dr. Gregory White
“Jealousy: A Power Perspective”
“Pupillary Activity While Listening to Verbal Passages”
Licensure & Certification:
Licensed Professional Counselor, (2019)
Certified Texas Special Education Teacher (K-12), (2021)
Certified Texas School Principal (K-12), (2021)
Certified Texas School Counselor (K-12), (2021)