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Margaret Smillie

Practicum Student

Supervised By
Dr. Carrie Davidson, Licensed Psychologist, LMSW
Credentials
  • Practicum Student
Practice Locations
  • Main Location
Life Stages
  • Children, under 5 years
  • Children, 5-12 years
  • Adolescents, 13-17 years
  • College, Young Adults
  • Adults
Areas of Focus
  • ADHD/autism/developmental testing
  • Child and play therapy
  • Depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts
  • Educational testing
  • Infertility, miscarriage
  • Social skills
  • Trauma
Languages
  • English
Education
  • B.A in Liberal Arts, Thomas Aquinas College, Santa Paula, California
  • Final year working on a Master's in Psychology with a clinical concentration, University of Dallas

Philosophy

My approach to treatment stems from my view of the human person, which is influenced by an existential humanism. In this approach, I believe that it is important to treat each patient as an individual with unique circumstances. Within those circumstances, I believe that it is each person’s duty to take responsibility for their own actions.


Therapy is a safe place where, together, we will delve into your experience in order to uncover how you can take ownership of your own life. In our lives, we often feel conflicting and troublesome emotions. We struggle to understand why we think and feel the way we do. Through a psycho-dynamic method I will help you to parse out unconscious thoughts and feelings that hinder healthy living. I will empower you to effect change in your own life and help you to take responsibility for your own actions.

Margaret is a practicum student from the University of Dallas where she has loved studying all aspects of mental health, scientific and philosophical. Before starting at The Center, she worked as an elementary school teacher for three years. In addition, she coached a middle school girls soccer team and spent 4 seasons working as a camp counselor. Having had lots of experience working with children and adolescents, she is excited to step into the role of a counselor for mental health.

Margaret is a Montana-raised girl who has found herself living in this sprawling Dallas metroplex for the past few years. She enjoys all things active from hiking to playing soccer, and has recently taken up climbing (which she highly recommends). During the times when she is not studying psychology and philosophy, you can find her reading, running, watching The Office, or hanging out with friends.

Additional areas of focus:

ADHD/autism/developmental testing
Child and play therapy
Children with disruptive and oppositional behavior
Coping with divorce, blended families
Depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts
Educational testing
Faith and spirituality
Family therapy
Infertility, miscarriage
School-related issues
Social skills
Testing and assessments
Trauma