Supervisee in Clinical Social Work

Founder of The Painted Bird Psychotherapy, Desiree Smith is a clinical social worker and highly trained Trauma Specialist, EMDRIA approved EMDR practitioner, and Certified Clinical Military Counselor.


She holds a BS in Psychology from Capella University and a Master's degree in Clinical Social Work from Widener University and currently a doctoral candidate working on her PHD in metaphysical Philosophy for transpersonal counseling through the university of sedona. 


She holds additional certifications in Flash Technique, Internal Family Systems, Ego States, ACT, CBT, DBT and expressive arts. Her style of therapy is a fusion of clinical evidence based practices with holistic, spiritual and alternative healing modalities to help her clients heal on the deepest levels.


She is a highly intuitive shamanic healer, reiki practitioner and artist. who creates treatment plans that are individually tailored to each client from a biopsychosocialspiritual lens to maintain a whole person approach. Her treatment consists of hypnotherapy, EMDR, expressive, meditation and somatic body based and expressive arts therapies. 

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My Story

Prior to my clinical work, I was a licensed massage therapist and Reiki practitioner. I left her private massage practice to join the Navy in 2008 and completed two back to back deployments shortly after joining. This experience was bittersweet as I was challenged but, also was deeply wounded from being away from sons who were both under the age of five at that time.  As painful as that was, it was through my darkest hour that I found my calling. I knew that my life's work would be trauma recovery. Through my own struggles during deployment, I began to study in great detail depression, anxiety, attachment disorder, complex and post traumatic stress disorder and chronic stress.


When I am not working,  loves spending time with my family! I have a small own organic homestead business 'Witch Hazel Farm' in rural Virginia I relish spending time in nature and with our animals. We have goats, chickens and bees and from them, I craft holistic, handmade, organic and top 8 allergen free offerings such as candles, soap, and hemp products. I donate any proceeds to my nonprofit effort Hazel Gray Veterans Foundation. Our staff of military veterans and spouses are dedicated to improving access to trauma treatment options for nations veterans and families. I love being outside barefoot whether at the beach or in the mountains but, always with a good book. My belief is that we all have the tools within us to heal but, we sometimes we need a guide to hold a lantern in the darkness to illuminate our path and that laughter is life's greatest elixir. I bring humor, compassion, empathy, and a non judgmental stance to treatment.


If this resonates, call me for a free consultation