Dr. Smith’s Bio

Dr. Smith taught Undergraduate Psychology for 8 years at Azusa Pacific University and for 6 years at Biola University. She is a former member of the International Board of Directors (2005-2007) of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS), where she also served as West Regional Director (2003-2006).

Dr. Smith is a Licensed Psychologist (PSY21711) and Director of OC Christian Counseling. Her primary approach to helping couples is through Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy. A skilled clinical supervisor, Dr. Smith offers training opportunities for post-doctoral and doctoral students who are seeking to refine their skills as couples therapists.


Doctor of Psychology
Clinical Psychology
Rosemead School of Psychology
Biola University

Master of Arts (MA)
Clinical Psychology
Rosemead School of Psychology
Biola University

Bachelor of Arts (BA)
MidAmerica Nazarene University

Training in Couples Therapy

Dr. Smith is involved in ongoing training to enhance her skills as a couples therapist. Following is a brief list of courses she has completed and seminars she has attended:

Externship in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples
Brent Bradley, PhD, & Jim Furrow, PhD
University of Houston-Clear Lake

The Transforming Power of Emotion in Individuals and Couples
Leslie Greenberg, PhD, York University, Toronto, Ontario [Seminar presented at Biola University]

Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples
Sue Johnson, EdD, University of Ottawa, Ottawa Couple and Family Institute, Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy [Seminar presented in Toronto, Ontario]

Innovations in Couples Therapy
Judith Zucker-Anderson, PhD, University of California Irvine, Family Therapy Training Program, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior [Seminar presented at UCI]

Changing Stuck Patterns in Couple Relationships
James Furrow, PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary, School of Psychology [Seminar presented at UCI]

Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy: An Empirically-Supported, Attachment-Based Approach
Keith Edwards, PhD, Rosemead School of Psychology at a meeting of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies-West, Orange County [Seminar presented at La Mirada, CA]

Fighting for Your Marriage: Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program
Keith Edwards, PhD, and Marcia Stroup, PhD, Rosemead School of Psychology [Seminar presented at St. Andrew’s Church, Costa Mesa, CA]

Psychotherapy With Couples
Keith Edwards, PhD, Rosemead School of Psychology
[Graduate course at Biola University]

Prepare/Enrich Leader Training
Joan Jones, PsyD, Rosemead School of Psychology, Biola University [Training at Biola University]

Couples Courses Taught

Rescuing Your Love Life
A weekly course for married couples using this best-selling relationship book. Women are encouraged in the difficult but rewarding process of successfully relating to their husband, and men will be encouraged to change the attitudes and behaviors that will sink a marriage.

Happily Ever After
Whether you’ve been a couple for 50 hours or 50 years, this course will teach you how to apply biblical principles and the findings of marital research to make your relationship better than ever!

Dr. Smith’s University Courses

Seminar in Therapeutic Techniques
Emphasis on core facilitation skills. Supportive, re-educative, and reconstructive therapies considered. Personal growth activities incorporated. Prerequisite: upper-division standing. This course includes lectures and discussions providing a survey of numerous approaches to counseling and psychotherapy. Empathy skills lab includes exercises that focus on increasing self-awareness and learning basic helping skills.

Psychology of Men
This course provides a brief survey of biblical, sociocultural, and psychological views of traditional men and masculinity. Particular attention is given to Attachment Theory and current research in understanding the impact of normative experiences on men’s intrapersonal and interpersonal development.

Psychology of Personality
This course acquaints students with the various basic elements of personality and their integration. Students explore concepts regarding the basic components of personality and the processes that undergird an individual’s growth and behavior. The course also reviews current and traditional theories of personality.

Human Growth & Development
This study of human development across the life span emphasizes a multidisciplinary perspective, including such areas as psychology, sociology, processes as social interaction, and the tools for applying developmental psychology to life situations.

Personal and Social Adjustment
Students become familiar with the concept of the “fully functioning individual” and some of the ways of attaining and maintaining such a level of functioning. Facilitation of personal growth through self-awareness and interpersonal relationships are the major emphasis of this course. The course is recommended to students who wish to understand more fully their own psychological functioning.

Clinical Experience

OC Christian Counseling
Director, Licensed Psychologist

Vision Quest Psychological Services
Psychological Assistant

University of Kansas
Counseling and Psychological Services
Psychology Intern

Biola University Counseling Center
Staff Therapist

BHC Alhambra Hospital
Program Therapist

Prototypes / I-CAN

Hacienda-La Puente Unified School District

Mountain View School District
San Bernardino County, California
Psychology Extern


1 Response to Dr. Smith’s Bio

  1. Josh Roberts says:

    Impressive. It was good connecting with you last week at Trinity.
    I dig the blog.

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