The Rev. Christopher L. Smith
(President and Clinical Director)

Description

Christopher has experience as both a counselor and as a supervisor of counselors. He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church who is licensed as a mental health professional in the states where he practices (see his credentials and memberships). He has counseled people in a variety of settings: community mental health, private practice, nonprofit agencies and hospitals. He is experienced working with people individually, within family units as well as other types of groups. Much of his experience has been with children, adolescents and families; however, he has also worked extensively with adults, especially around addictions, loss, depression, relational issues and life direction. Christopher utilizes a variety of therapeutic approaches. These approaches are brought together in different ways depending on the person or people that he is working with. The root of his therapeutic style is pastoral counseling, whereby he helps the client incorporate spiritual dimensions of both the problem(s) and the ways to move forward. His academic background is broad, including a professional masters from Yale University. He also completed an advanced specialty in behavioral health during his clinical pastoral residency at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana. He is experienced working with people from a wide variety of faith backgrounds. His approach is also usually rooted in a systems understanding of the client's situation. Christopher is professionally active. He has served nationally as the president of the American College of Counselors, as the chair of the Presbyterian Serious Mental Illness Network, and on committees and task forces of professional bodies. Locally, he has been involved with the Alfred Adler Institute, serves on the Advisory Board for the NYC Medical Reserve Corps and as a regional officer in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. Christopher looks forward to seeing you take a step on your journey to wholeness and peace. Christopher founded Seeking Shalom in the 1990s and while he has had to reduce his clinical work, he continues to help the organization maintain its three-fold focus on the integration of spirituality (and faith and religious practice) into the therapeutic practice, the teaching and development of emerging clinicians and enhancing quality care in underserved and resistant communities.

Education

D.Min., Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI
D.Sci., Trinity University, Spain
M.S., Touro College, New York, NY
M.S.Ed., Lehman College (CUNY), Bronx, NY
Residency, Lutheran Hospital of Indiana, Fort Wayne, IN
M.Div., Yale University, New Haven, CT
M.S./ABD, State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY
B.S., Beloit College, Beloit, WI
I.B., United World College of the Atlantic, St. Donats, Wales UK

Clinical Qualifications

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist 000899 (New York State)
Licensed Mental Health Counselor 002224 (New York State)
Licensed Mental Health Counselor 39000509A (State of Indiana)
Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor 87000653A (State of Indiana)
Licensed Addiction Counselor 86000127A (State of Indiana)
Clinical Fellow, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy
Fellow and Certified Pastoral Counselor, American Association of Pastoral Counselors
Fellow and Certified Clinical Member, American College of Counselors
Endorsed Chaplain, Presbyterian Council for Chaplains and Military Personnel

Special Credentials

Ordained Minister of the Word and Sacrament, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

Clinical Supervision, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Trained in Gottman Couples Therapy (Levels 1 and 2)

Substance Abuse Professional (SAP), DOT Standards

Critical Incident Stress Management (Basic, Advanced, Individual, Group)

Medical Ethics of the Psychiatric Setting, Keele University

Human Values and Health Care, Oates Institute

Telementalhealth and Distance Therapy, Various Training Centers

Dialetic Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder, Late 90s Model

The Brain Matters, Ghost Ranch

Advanced Specialty in Behavioral Health, Lutheran Hospital of Indiana

Healthy Families, Health Organizations, Peter Steinke

Certified Prepare/Enrich Facilitator

Contact Information

Christopher can be reached by calling (212)655-9605

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Clients may also email him through the client portal.

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