Brenda provides mental health treatment for children ages 6 – 12, adults ages 18+, couples, families, and group therapy. Brenda integrates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Person-Centered Therapy, recovery-oriented therapy, and she can seamlessly integrate spiritual and Biblical principles into counseling upon request. Brenda is drawn to working with people who have experienced significant life challenges and relationship difficulty.
Education and Experience
Brenda Smith received her undergraduate degree in Business Management from Cornerstone University and her Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary (ATS), Southfield, MI, followed by State of Michigan licensure as a Limited Licensed Professional Counselor. Brenda also attended the Word of Faith Bible Training Center which is accredited through the Association of Faith Churches and Ministers International Training Center (AFCMITC). Brenda has a rich background in service provision: providing treatment to children with Autism as an Applied Behavior Technician, providing substance abuse treatment to individuals with co-occurring disorders, and conducting anger management groups, and treatment for incarcerated individuals. Brenda also integrated her various counselor trainings to provide home-based, small-group Bible Studies in lay ministry. Brenda has been trained in Applied Behavior Analysis and in addition to providing counseling services at LifeLens, serves as a school counselor.
A Bit About Brenda
Brenda’s goal as a counselor is to help clients define and describe problems specifically so that they can be focused in developing strategies and skills to break through barriers that have kept them from personal fulfillment. Brenda is a seasoned mental health professional, capable of effective interventions with people from diverse cultural, demographic, and socio-economic backgrounds. As a mental health professional, Brenda is keenly aware of the need for individual psychological health and welfare and the need for overall health, healing, and growth in family systems.