Tammie Smith, M.A., LPC, NCC
Licensed Professional Counselor
- M.A., Counseling, Texas A&M University Corpus Christi
- B.A., Sociology, The University of North Texas
License and Certification
- Licensed Professional Counselor, Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors, No. 77238
- National Certified Counselor, National Board for Certified Counselors, No. 685222
Approach to Therapy and Professional Interests
My name is Tammie Smith and I am one of the Counselors on staff at CAPS. I have dedicated my professional career to finding innovative ways to make connections with others through various human service fields. I executed this mission through vehicles such as education, community resource case management and clinical mental health, which I am proud to say that I continue to use these skills to help individuals to this day.
I graduated with a Master of Science in Counseling from Texas A&M – Corpus Christi. Prior to earning my advanced degree, I was inducted into the Chi Sigma Iota National Honors Society for Counseling Professionals. I also currently maintain the distinction as a National Certified Counselor through the National Board of Certified Counselors Incorporated and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, practicing in the state of Texas.
Before beginning my journey at Texas A&M, I gained over eleven years of experience serving diverse populations in community agencies such as, an outpatient mental health clinic, inpatient care facilities as well as working on a US Military Base. My therapeutic interests are, psychoeducation, career development and individual counseling, thus I use multiple treatment modalities to serve my clients. Amongst these are psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, client centered, interpersonal process, solution focused and strengths-based therapies. I also routinely serve the campus community as a liaison for mental health awareness as well as suicide prevention.
I view my ability to serve our students as a gift and a privilege that I regard with great honor. Through my work, I am oftentimes amazed at the intelligence, talent and resilience that is the student population at A&M. I am committed to aligning with my value of connectedness to help each student I see define their potential and walk in their purpose, even if life’s circumstances create obstacles.
Personal Statement on Diversity and Social Justice
I once read a quote by African American Ballerina Alesha Ash that states, “You never know the impact that you have by just being a presence.” As a dancer who started her career later in life as well as a woman of color, she faced insurmountable odds to do what she was destined. This was not only because of her age or body composition, but also because she was a woman of color that infiltrated a world where she was not represented. One can infer that it took great dignity, courage and tenacity for her to show up as her unadulterated self and recreate a narrative of oppression that not only would impact her, but generations to come.
While insidious, her story represents change.
I relate to the illustration above because it has also been my approach toward diversity to create the changes that I want to see in this world by being a presence. Through my existence I persist, validate, educate and connect. I allow myself to sit in the discomfort as I awaken to my own experiences. I challenge myself to be open in ways that I wasn’t taught to be. Thus, my goal is to continue to be open whether I am having a conversation with someone from a different cultural background, reading a book, immersing myself in diverse communities or sitting with a client who is frustrated about macroaggressions they’ve repeatedly encountered.
I strive to be the example of change I want to see in a way that’s intentional and deliberate, paving the way for those that come after me.
When I am not pouring over the pages of the DSM V, I enjoy traveling, spending time with loved ones as well as appealing to my creative side through fashion, interior décor and ammeter photography.