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Olivia Smith, MHC Intern

It has been a life-long passion of mine to pursue a career as a therapist. I feel blessed to have the privilege of serving others! I continue to learn and find my own style of being a counselor, coming to the field with strong interests in holistic care, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Attachment Theory, and Polyvagal Theory. I believe the therapeutic relationship is collaborative, empowering and healing in and of itself. While you are the expert in your own life, and you have more strengths and skills than you know, you don't have to do it alone. 

In December 2024, I will graduate with my Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from McDaniel College, following a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State University. Previously, I completed a 450+ hour internship in a local school counseling department with children in fourth through sixth grade. I bring professional experience that includes working in public educational settings, pediatric research and child welfare. I find joy in working with children and teens because of their curiosity and wonder. We can all learn from their fresh perspective and ability to find happiness in the little things. Further special interests include grief, women's issues, and interpersonal trauma. 

In my free time, I enjoy lifting weights, going on outdoor walks, getting acupuncture, exploring local coffee shops, and watching Law and Order: SVU.