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Larry D. Smyth, Ph.D.

 

At Bay Counseling, I currently treat adults individually as well as conjointly with their spouses and families and do so primarily by employing mindfulness based cognitive-behavioral therapy for anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, and trauma disorders.  Supportive problem solving and marriage counseling are also employed as needed.

Treatments:

Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, trauma disorders in adults. Supportive problem solving for adults.  Couples/family counseling for adults.  Telehealth services are available via phone and Skype.

I obtained a BA degree from the University of Puget Sound in 1967, and then obtained an MA degree in clinical psychology from Michigan State University in 1969.  I was subsequently drafted into the US Army in 1969 and served three years as an officer in the Military Police with a one year tour of duty in Vietnam.  I returned to Michigan State University shortly after being discharged and obtained my Ph.D. degree in clinical psychology in 1977.  I served my internship at the Seattle VA Medical Center.  After achieving my Ph.D., I worked in academic settings for eight years, six of which were with the Florida State University Counseling Center where I treated students and their spouses individually and in small groups, plus I held an adjunctive professor position in the FSU Department of Psychology where I taught and supervised psychology graduate students.  I left FSU to take a job with the Department of Veteran Affairs in 1985 and opened the Tallahassee Vet Center serving as the Team Leader of a four person outpatient mental health clinic that primarily focused on treating combat induced PTSD in Vietnam vets.  After three years at the Tallahassee Vet Center, I took another VA position as Associate Regional Manager of the Vet Center Program and then moved up to the Regional Manager position overseeing twenty-five VA community based mental health centers scattered across the mid-Atlantic states.  After four years of administrative work with the VA, I returned to full time clinical work as the Director of the PTSD Clinical Team at the Perry Point VA where I treated veterans on an outpatient basis who suffered from trauma disorders and supervised three other staff members.  In this position, I was also detailed to Kirk Army Hospital at APG to assist in the treatment of active duty soldiers returning from combat in Afghanistan and Iraq, plus I assisted the Maryland Center for Veterans Employment and Training, a 125-bed residential facility in downtown Baltimore, in assessing and treating homeless veterans suffering from addictions complicated by multiple mental health issues.   I retired from the VA after 30 years of service in 2016.  While employed by the VA, I maintained a part-time private practice with Bay Counseling over the course of the past 18 years. 

Publications:

Ten articles of mine have been published in peer-reviewed professional journals.   New Harbinger Publications has published two of my books – namely, Overcoming PTSD: Therapist Manual and Overcoming PTSD: Client Manual.

Licensing/Associations:

I am currently licensed as a clinical psychologist in Maryland (#02753) and have been since 1991.  I have been a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Clinical Psychology Division of the APA since 1977.

Credentialing:

I am paneled in the following insurance companies:  Aetna, BCBS/Blue Choice/Federal BCBS (both in-state and out-of-state BCBS), CIGNA, Johns Hopkins EHP, Medicare, PHCS, Tricare/Humana, UHC, U.S. Family Health Plan, Value Options.