Tina Smith is an Author, Mentor, Supervisor, Director and Founder of Tina J. Smith & Associates Counselling & Psychotherapy and Not-for-Profit Charitable Organization called Selah Treatment Center. She is a Registered Social Worker, Certified EMDR Therapist, and EMDRIA Approved Consultant. Tina has worked in the mental health field since 1998 in not-for-profit settings and a private clinic setting before establishing Tina J. Smith & Associates Counselling & Psychotherapy in 2011.
Tina has gained clinical and leadership skills, knowledge, and training throughout her professional career in various clinical organizations such as:
- Community and in-custody facilities for Youth in Conflict with the law
- Not-for-Profit Children’s Mental Health Centre
- Private Clinic providing Individual, couples, and family counselling
- Psychiatric Facility
Tina specializes in trauma and attachment treatment for youth and adults. Tina continues to participate in Individual and group consultations with experts in the field to ensure she effectively supports her clients and her team.
She provides a compassionate and supportive environment for people as she works together with her clients to find peace, harmony, and wholeness. She has met many people going through various struggles and understood that everyone can change when a caring and relational person is present in his or her therapeutic life.
She sincerely believes in HOPE for everyone who strives hard to make a difference in his or her life.
She is often found crying, laughing and celebrating with her clients. She believes the heartbeat behind the healing process is meeting people where they are without judgment and caring for people with genuine connection and concern.
Over the years, Tina has focused her support on trauma-based psychotherapy, where she has helped individuals of all ages suffering from Traumatic Stress Disorder from abuse, working as a first responder, religious-based trauma, and/or compounding years of adverse events and trauma from within his or her developmental history.
In 2022, Tina’s role changed to time spent training, mentoring and helping her team become skilled and relational therapists to carry out the vision of working at the deep roots of our suffering. In addition, you will find her researching, conducting meetings, training, and speaking to groups, businesses, corporations, and organizations about mental health and increasing awareness about providing subsidized mental health treatment under Selah Treatment Center. Tina desires to reduce the gap in accessing longer-term mental health healing and recovery through funded treatment. Tina continues to support people as they are her reminder of why she pursued and works diligently to find ways to create subsidized access to counselling and psychotherapy.
After returning to work in 2011 from a leave of absence after her son was diagnosed with High-Risk Leukemia, she began to realize that she wanted to pursue a practice of her own that would allow for a balance between doing what she loves (counselling and psychotherapy) and being able to ensure her family remain her most important passion.
Tina has lived in Oxford County since 1997. Tina is blessed to share her life with her husband, their three exceptional children, a Newfoundland dog named Atticus, a Havanese dog named Cuddles, and their cat named Cutie.
“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.”
— Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings without the words and never stops at all.”
— Emily Dickinson