Social Work Intern
Anna Smith is one of the newest additions to our staff, but already has
a clear direction and vision for her time with patients at Therapeutic
Solutions. Her passion is to support individuals as they go through the
most challenging times of their lives, providing a safe environment to
grow. As patients progress, she enjoys watching them enjoy life more fully
as their outlook and understanding becomes healthier.
Her greatest asset, for both patients and colleagues, is her ability to
empathize and compassionately support those around her. Therapy is collaborative
in nature, and good collaboration requires deep empathy. Anna’s
ability to understand individuals on a profound level allows her to truly
come alongside her patients and guide them towards personal development.
She describes her style of patient interaction as centered on equality
and goal-setting. One priority for Anna is to validate the experiences
of her patients. Often, people are encouraged to invalidate or reduce
their own experiences as unimportant, but growth requires the opposite.
No matter the type or level of diagnosis, one of the crucial elements
of growth is validation. By encouraging patients to validate their own
experiences, Anna helps patients lay the foundation for powerful change.
In her spare time, Anna enjoys creating art, particularly with paper mache.