Barrett SmithPsychologist

Headshot of Barrett Smith Psychologist


In Eastern Time

In what ways do your life philosophy and treatment philosophy overlap?

My primary therapeutic approach is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) because I have found a personal home there. I've spent so much time wrapped up in my head. Swimming so deeply in thoughts of what was, could've been, or could be that I couldn't live a fulfilling and meaningful life in the moment. ACT has helped me find the courage and skills to embrace the present, even when it's not pretty, and live into the person I want to be now and in the future.

How do you determine therapy goals with clients? What does that process look like?

I am deeply client-centered, so I help each of my clients explore what is most important to them (their values) and goals that help mark their journey towards deeper embodiment of their values.

What does success look like in therapy? How will a client know that they are making progress?

Progress is a tricky concept. Age may be linear, but living is not. We all go through cycles, stepping forward and backward countless times in life. It's utterly universal. Work with me doesn't mean that symptoms disappear and you're always happy. In fact, that would probably be a sign of dissociation from reality and suppression of emotions! Feeling sad or angry is sometimes essential to good living! Instead, I mark progress by the ability of clients to avoid avoidance and improve their ability to make values-driven decisions amidst whatever emotions or circumstances they find themselves in.



College & graduate student issues

Compulsive behavior

Men's health

Spirituality & religion based issues

General Expertise



Relationship Issues



Academic challenges

Adolescent mental health

Aging related concerns



Family Therapy


Couples Therapy


Individual Therapy

Types of Therapy

Family Session

Couples Session

Individual Session



Young Adults (18-24)

Adults (25-65)

Seniors (65+)

Adolescents (13-17)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Mindfulness Practices

Strength Based Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Compassion-Focused Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Family Systems Therapy

Integrative Therapy

Training / Certifications

Certificate in Substance Use Counseling

Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy

Certificate in Gerontology

Intensive training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Intensive training in Motivational Interviewing

Intensive training in DBT


GA, Psychologist, PSY003405


Masters in Social Work, University of Georgia

Masters in Religion and Public Life, Emory University

Masters in Development Practice, Emory University

Work History

With ten years of social work and nonprofit experience, I have come alongside people with diverse backgrounds, challenges, and values to help develop meaningful and lasting individual, community, and system change. As a clinical social worker, I seek to embody anti-oppression, affirm all identities, and prioritize sustainable, just, and holistic system change.


1459 Oxford Rd., Suite 301, Atlanta, 30307, GA