Utilizing a family systems approach that is inclusive and supportive, Dr. Smerling’s family therapy work is tailored to meet the immediate and long-term needs of each family, through an understanding of the family dynamic. Her approach explores the balance of relationships in a family system, which are dynamic and constantly changing throughout the various life stages experienced by the family. Maintaining this balance requires increased communication and conflict resolution, and may result in unexpected observations and realizations that change the course of therapy.
Situational family therapy: Dr. Smerling aids families in a variety of situational conflicts, including those experiencing the challenges of divorce or separation.
Special needs family therapy: Dr. Smerling has also had significant experience advising families of autistic children, and specializes in providing help for the siblings of those children.
Dr. Smerling has also provided media interviews and talks regarding her expertise in family therapy in the following areas: