Hannah Smith is a LISW-S with over ten years of experience as a mental health clinician. She has worked with individuals and organizations as a therapist, consultant, and trainer. In 2021 she obtained her Perinatal Mental Health Certification through Postpartum Support International, and she is passionate about working with individuals and couples from pregnancy, postpartum, and beyond. She specializes in identity and challenges associated with the life changes of raising a young family; clients come to her when they are ready to be less overwhelmed and more fulfilled.
Hannah is also a mother, wife, and Cincinnati native who loves to read, hike, and travel.
Learn More About Hannah Smith Counseling: https://hannahsmithcounseling.net/
Want to know more about Hannah? See her interview below.
How did you get into your field?
When I was in high school, I began volunteering at a summer camp for children with disabilities, and I decided that I wanted to pursue a career focused on helping others. I pursued a degree in social work because I liked the versatility it offered and the various career paths it would allow me to explore!
What is your training background?
I am a Licensed Independent Social Worker with Supervisory Designation (LISW-S), and I am Perinatal Mental Health Certified (PMH-C). I began practicing in 2013 and have since worked in a variety of roles, managing teams of clinicians, working directly with individuals and families, and consulting with educational school districts and non-profit organizations.
Who influenced your career path (who have you enjoyed learning from, mentor, etc.)?
I have really loved learning from so many wonderful social workers and counselors, including Mary Vicario and Sarah Buffie, who have taught me so much about the way our past (both the hurts and the joys) can impact the way we show up today. I enjoy the work of Brene Brown and Eve Rodsky, as they focus on the ways women can show up as their whole selves and find fulfillment.
What makes you love your field?
I absolutely love getting to see clients succeed and find balance and fulfillment in their stage of life. I believe that individuals and couples are under-supported in our culture around the times of pregnancy, birth, and raising a young family; I love being part of a community that is working to change that and surround families with resources during a physically and mentally challenging time.
What kind of clients do you love working with?
I love working with clients who are feeling overwhelmed and unsure of their identity during times of transition. From infertility to pregnancy to raising a family and beyond, I find that clients who are feeling “stuck” can see amazing progress through our work together.
What sets you apart?
My clients have told me that I am very welcoming, but also very straightforward. I believe that therapy doesn’t need to feel academic or intellectual for it to be effective; instead I enjoy laughing and joking with my clients during our time together, as well as creating a safe space for tears or quiet reflection. One thing I am very intentional about in my work is letting my clients current needs guide our session, but always making sure we’re remaining on the path towards their goals.
What brings you joy?
I find joy in my close and supportive relationships with my family and friends, and in time at home. As an introvert at heart, my cup is filled being outside with my dogs or family, and in enjoying a good book (mostly mysteries) and making delicious food.