Betsy Smith, LPC-S is a licensed professional counselor who specializes in working with children, teens, and their families. In addition to her private practice, she serves as the Clinical Training Director for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduate program at The University of St. Thomas in Houston. Betsy is featured on GoodTherapy.org as a Topic Expert on bullying and oppositional behavior in children and teens and also enjoys providing training to parents, teachers, and staff at local schools and community service organizations.
Betsy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Sciences from The University of Texas at Austin. Later, she returned to school and received a Master's of Education in Counseling from the University of Houston. Betsy went on to obtain additional training and experience in play therapy, filial therapy, crisis counseling, and individual and group therapy for children and adults.
Before moving in to private practice, she served as the Social & Emotional Program Director for Small Steps Nurturing Center, a multi-site nonprofit organization that provides services to at-risk families in the inner city of Houston, Texas. At Small Steps, Betsy provided supervision of clinical staff, individual and group therapy, and training to parents, teachers and volunteers.