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Carla Hett Smith

RCSW (registered clinical social worker), EMDR Trained

Accepting New Clients

St. Albert (Virtual and in-person)
Carla's Fee: $200/hour

Carla has over 5 years experience as a mental health therapist and 9 previous years doing mental health and addictions work in the acute care setting as a social worker. She feels that people are her best teachers in how they relate to themselves, those they love and the world. Through careful listening and reflecting, she sees her role as facilitative, bringing forth preferences and helping her clients initiate their own change process that make sense for them from a stance of respect and worthiness of all. 

Who Can Carla Help?

Carla has experience working with children (10+), adolescents, adults and families. She enjoys working with individuals willing to be vulnerable and showing up for this journey whether it is the first or twentieth session.  She believes that everyone has the ability to determine their own values, hopes, dreams, and style of therapy that works for them.

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ADHD

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Bipolar Disorder

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Family & Parenting

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Trauma & Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

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Anger

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Depression

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Grief & Loss

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

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Anxiety

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Emotional Regulation

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Life Changes

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Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)

Counselling for Children & Families

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Child Therapy (10+)

Carla uses play therapy techniques as the medium for children (10+), youths and adults to process emotions in a safe and accessible way. For example, through drawing, sand or water tray or creating worlds with imagination and props, she helps people better express complicated thoughts, feelings or memories. 

 

Carla has completed level 1 play therapy and worked with children, youth and their families with this medium.

Family Therapy

Carla sees herself as a facilitator when it comes to working with families. She carefully listens and reflects on the families concerns while focusing on bringing forth family preferences and helping them initiate changes that make sense for them. Her lens of family therapy is systemic, structural, emotion focused, narrative, solution focused and interpersonal patterns based.

Carla's Approaches

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Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

Carla uses dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT) when a person is looking for and willing to put in the work develop valuable coping skills. DBT offers a structured approach to learning to live more skillfully in the world with our emotions and relationships.

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Mindfulness

Carla applies mindfulness techniques as a holistic way to encourage individuals to focus on and live in the present moment. 

Mindfulness techniques help integrate conscious awareness in all parts of daily experiences.

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Attachment Based Therapy (ABT)

Using attachment-based therapy, Carla helps individuals who have lived through negative childhood experiences that impaired their ability to build and maintain meaningful relationships. Carla can help rebuild trust and security in relationships. 

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Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

Carla also uses cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) techniques which focus on recognizing and challenging unhelpful thought, feelings, and beliefs. Her holistic approach often integrates CBT with other methods.

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Play Therapy

Carla uses play therapy techniques such using as props and imagination to help children, youths and adults understand and process difficult thoughts, feelings, emotions, and memories in a safe and accessible way.

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Carla uses solution focused therapy to help an individual focus on the present and future by directing their energy on the solution instead of the problems. This form of therapy is effective for anxiety, depression and low self esteem.

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Narrative Therapy (NT)

Narrative therapy is both a philosophy and a specific therapy that encourages individuals to be the storytellers of their own lives.  Carla has recently begun incorporating this approach in a more formal way during her counselling sessions.

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Carla uses eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) to treat various forms of trauma. EMDR offers a measured and safe way for individuals with trauma to recall, process and heal from traumatic events.

More About Carla

In her free time, Carla enjoys a good read with her book club, as well as getting outside and being physically active. Carla grew up around a farm that she converted into an urban farm where she grows her own vegetables, flowers, and fruit trees/bushes. She enjoys playing the piano, attending live music events, supporting her kids’ during sporting events, and has even been known to dabble in quilting from time to time . Her cat, Charlie, and dog, Athena, always keep her family on their toes with their antics.  

When she was little, Carla was told that she was sensitive and loved to talk.  While this could have been perceived as a weakness, today it is one of her greatest strengths.  She feels privileged to combine those traits with valuing who individuals and their family are as people.  Her philosophy is to seek to understand through connecting with dialogue and activity.  She believes people are experts in their own lives, and that when offered a space to explore whatever they wish with more clarity, acceptance, courage, compassion, and, at times humor, healing shows up on the walk together.