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About Christine Smith

It gives me great joy and satisfaction when someone feels truly heard and understood. Once that kind of understanding is established we can begin the journey of change together, based on a safe, trusting, therapeutic relationship. I offer an empathetic ear, knowledge, experience, and advanced clinical training.
My professional experience includes over 34 years of work in child, adolescent and adult psychiatry, and program facilitation. I have worked in a variety of clinical settings such as inpatient psychiatry, outpatient mental health centres, nonprofit agencies, and private practice.

Professional Qualifications & Work Experience

  • Private practice with adolescents and adults
  • Consultant, The Adoption Centre, placement and post placement counseling
  • Coordinator, Breaking the Silence, a treatment program for adult male survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • UBC Hospital Clinician in Child and Adult Psychiatry, inpatient mood disorders unit, and outpatient child and family clinic.
  • Child and Youth Specialist, Port Coquitlam Mental Health Centre
  • Coordinator, Adolescent Intensive Treatment Program, Michael Reese Health Plan, Evanston, Illinois
  • MSW, Loyola University, 1988, Chicago, Illinois
  • BA, Miami University, 1982, Oxford, Ohio

Advanced Training

  • Couples counseling – Gottman approach to working with couples
  • Trauma Therapy-dealing with the effects of childhood sexual abuse, relational trauma, and PTSD.
  • Psychodynamics – theoretical approach to therapy
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Dialectical behavioural therapy
  • Adoption consultation and post placement mediation
  • Mindfulness, Self Compassion, and Guided Imagery
  • Stress management and relaxation techniques
  • Progressive Counting Treatment
  • Motivational Interviewing


  • BC Association of Social Workers
  • Canadian Association of Social Workers
  • Registered with the British Columbia College of Social Workers #04060