Appalachian Life Enrichment Counseling Center
peace of mind. peaceful life.
Restorative-Minded, Unconventionalist, Harmonious, Analyzer, Learner, Activator
Areas of expertise.
Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, PTSD, Self-Efficacy, Changing Thought Patterns, Finding Alternative Solutions, Professional Transitions
Open-minded, Collaborative, Eclectic, Goal-focused
Therapy should not be me telling you what to do, what not to do, or what you are doing wrong. Therapy is for you. I want to customize therapy for what you need and want, and find what will work best for you. Whether you need space to talk, feedback, or new skills and tools, we will work together to help.
Your goals may be to better manage situations, decrease symptoms, improve relationships, gather insight, or many other things. Whatever they may be, you are worth carving out time in your busy life to make it happen. Life is hard. Life is work. And we don’t always do things in the most effective or logical way.
Frequently, people only seek support once they are completely overwhelmed. If this describes you, that’s okay! We will work to get you less overwhelmed and more in control. If it doesn’t describe you, that’s okay, too. We will work to get things working smoother in your life.
I use a variety of techniques and theories, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Exposure Therapies.
“Why worry? If you’ve done the very best you can, worrying won’t make it any better” -Walt Disney
Lindsay Smith, MSW, LICSW
Appalachian Life Enrichment Counseling Center
About me. Animal Lover, Gardener, DIYer, Loyal West Virginian, Curious Questioner, Learning Enthusiast
When I was two years old, an accident left me without half my vision. However, from a very young age I realized only being able to see out of my right eye somehow gave me more sight than I ever could imagine. Especially learning to adapt, maneuver, and rebuild in a new way. Losing sight doesn’t have to equal blindness, but can give a vision, a new perspective to see from. And that’s what I want to do for you. Help you find your own view, giving you the right glasses to overcome your own challenge and strengthen your resilience.
We all have things in our lives that make us sad, put us down, cause stress, fear or self-doubt. Often society forces us to think that not being okay is problematic. I’m here to help you see that it IS okay to not be okay. And it IS okay to need help, we all do sometimes. Although the struggles are important to process, moving forward- I want to help you figure out how you can take that experience and fill up your own personal toolkit for when life breaks you down, so that you can build your foundation stronger. Ready for the next.
My experience varies wide, I’ve worked with adults, children, teens, at risk youth, juveniles, domestic violence victims, parents, with CPS, schools, those in crisis, and currently with communities to prevent drug use in youth. My history has influenced my perspective that treating each person needs to be individualized and collaborative. Meaning that the person that knows you the best is you! So you are in fact, an expert of yourself. (How cool, right?) And I’m glad to work with you using an approach that makes you feel comfortable, more confident, and motivated. I want you to feel like you can achieve while also being in charge of choosing how you do so. Therapy isn’t always black and white, it’s adaptive- as it should be! As humans, our main similarity is that we are all different. We have different emotions, wants and needs. So why not approach therapy in that way?
Through the implementation of techniques and interventions from evidence-based theories, along with active participation, we can tackle your challenges head on. I will guide you, challenge you and assist you in growing into the best you that you can be.
When I am not doing therapy or drug prevention, you can find me doing home DIY projects and remodeling, reading, cooking, crafting, wreathing, and spending time with my husband and two special pups – Della, a Goldendoodle, and a little Border Collie named Gray.
Kiley Brescoach is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker in the State of West Virginia. She obtained her Masters degree from West Virginia University in 2019, while gaining experience with individual, group and family therapy on an acute impatient unit serving a multitude of mental health conditions including anxiety, depression, and self-harm behaviors. Her research at graduate school consisted of finding a correlation between Animal Assisted Therapy and Job Satisfaction for Clinical Therapists. Kiley double majored at Fairmont State University in her undergraduate pursuit and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in criminal justice in just three years. Kiley is a Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainer, a Journey of Hope Trainer, and has a background in working with social services, residential treatment for at-risk youth, and currently works on community drug prevention for youth and young adults in thirteen counties in WV. She is a part of a Registered Therapy Dog Team with her Goldendoodle, Della, through the Alliance of Therapy Dogs and volunteers her free time doing Pet Therapy with patients in the hospital.