About Me

I am a wife, daughter, sister, aunt, friend, caregiver, minister and counselor.  I was raised in Fayetteville, NC and have always had a heart for helping others which made pursuing my dreams of becoming a counselor a natural transition. I am a former government auditor and transitioned from full-time government employment to working full-time as the Youth & Young Adult Pastor at my church.  My time in full-time ministry ignited a fire in me to professionally prepare to become a licensed professional counselor (LPC).  I truly believe it is never too late to pursue your dreams or start over.  I believe this comes from my experience growing up in a military family and learning to embrace change and transition.  

I am currently working as a licensed resident at Prince William Family Counseling in Manassas, Virginia to fulfill the requirements to become a LPC in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  I am extremely passionate about helping clients work through the rough and uncomfortable experiences of their lives. I believe every person comes to therapy with their own individual needs, and my role is to help facilitate their individual needs. Therefore, I adapt my interventions based on a comprehensive assessment of who an individual is and exactly what they need.

Education

I earned my Master of Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.  I also hold a Doctor of Ministry from Virginia University of Lynchburg; Master of Divinity from Virginia Union University; Certificate in Youth and Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary; and a Bachelors of Arts Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from North Carolina Central University.  

Practice Areas
  • Depression

  • Anxiety and Phobias

  • Relationship Difficulties

  • Marital/Pre-marital

  • Life Transitions

  • Difficulties with Self-Esteem

  • Eating Issues

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Professional/Career Issues

  • College/Graduate School Issues

  • Medical and Health Concerns

  • Stress Management

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

  • Sexual Abuse

  • Spirituality

  • Grief, Loss, or Bereavement

  • Other Issues 

Accreditations and Affiliations

- Certified Clinical Trauma Professional 

- Certified Grief Counseling Specialist

- Membership in American Counseling Association (ACA) Since 2016

- Membership in American Association of Christian Counselors since 2017

- Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts (SYMBIS) Certified Facilitator

Prince William Family Counseling
8140 Ashton Avenue, Suite 200
Manassas, Virginia 20109

Website:  www.pwfc.com 

Email: yalonda.smith@pwfc.com

info@yalondansmith.com

 

Office: 703-330-9933

Direct: 571-310-0027

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© 2020 by Yalonda N. Smith