Barton Smith

Barton Smith joins Dawning Phoenix as an intern from Brenau University with a bachelor’s in Psychology from Oglethorpe University, and a special focus on neuroscience and clinical psychology, while still an undergraduate. Barton’s career spans caregiving, event planning, retail experience, and working as a lay counselor, before beginning the pursuit of his master’s degree. He has volunteered for HIV/AIDS-related causes, worked with at-risk youth, and has specialty training in a variety of spiritual modalities and gerontology (psychology of aging). Barton says:


“My theoretical orientation is Adlerian-Existential. Depending upon the individual client, I often use intervention modalities from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as well as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).  I maintain a Client-Centered approach, with the belief that the client is the truest expert on their values, therapeutic goals, and the process of discernment in the journey towards finding meaning in their particular circumstances. I have training in obsessive-compulsive disorder and other anxiety disorders. I am a devout advocate for feminist as well as multicultural issues, and consider work with the LGBTQ+ community a specialization. Recovery from narcissistic and cultic abuse (spiritual-religious, political, commercial, and psychotherapeutic) have been an area of specialized research and interest for decades as well.”


We are pleased to announce Barton’s availability for client sessions at Dawning Phoenix at our intern rate. Please call (678) 802-9591 to schedule an appointment with Barton or inquire more about our services.

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