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Brian J Smith, PsyD

Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Brian has experience working with adults, college and graduate school students, and couples. He has a special passion for working with couples of all stages, whether dating, engaged or married. He greatly enjoys walking alongside clients in their times of difficulty and growth. The interpersonal nature of therapy creates a great opportunity for you to gain insight into yourself as an individual who is shaped in the context of relationships and to develop the ability to live life to the fullest outside of therapy. He finds great fulfillment in walking alongside individuals, couples, and families during their time of need and in aiding them in achieving the change they seek in their lives.


In particular, Dr. Brian a strong passion for helping couples (i.e., dating, pre-marital/ engaged, and married) to grow in intimacy and the ability to successfully navigate challenges as they arise. He is trained in administering the Prepare-Enrich Couples Relationship Assessment, and at times utilizes this as a tool to identify strengths and growth areas in your relationship. 


Dr. Brian  believes in the importance of giving clients practical solutions and skills to create change in their lives. As such, he approaches individual therapy primarily from a cognitive-behavioral therapy model for addressing and reducing symptoms of anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, stress, and anger and begins couples therapy by providing concrete couples communication and conflict reduction skills. He also utilizes psychodynamic, acceptance and commitment therapy, and solution-focused brief therapy approaches in individual and couples therapy. He strives to integrate a client's faith in therapy in a manner that is tailored to the client. 



Brian J Smith, PsyD


Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology, Graduate School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California


Valerie Abney-Smith, LMFT​

Master's of Sciences in Marriage & Family Therapy,Graduate School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California

Fee, Payment & Insurance Information

We discuss fees during the initial email consultation.

We offer a reduced fee option for clients who are financially unable to pay our standard fees.

Payment options: Credit Card. 

Dr. Brian is currently in network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield. At Hopewell, we work with clients who are able to utilize out-of-network benefits by providing a super bill so that they can submit to their insurance  to receive reimbursement directly. We are happy to provide more information on this process to aid you in looking into your out-of-network benefits. 



Valerie Abney-Smith, LMFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Val has had success working with college-age clients and adults struggling with anxiety and stress, depression, anger management, grief and loss, relationship issues, family of origin issues, personal growth/identity issues, assertiveness, self-esteem issues and social skills.  One area of special interest for Val is in helping females, from 18 years old through adulthood, to develop a strong sense of self-worth, emotional awareness, relational intelligence, and assertiveness and to become resilient, confident women who are able to successfully manage life’s challenges, including shifts in identity in relation to motherhood. She also provides premarital counseling (utilizing the Prepare-Enrich Assessment) and couples therapy to aid couples in relationship growth and relationship repair. 

Val describes her approach to therapy as being influenced by psychodynamic, family systems, cognitive-behavioral, and solution-focused theory. Val’s faith is an essential part of her life. She is adept at joining with others who identify with other faith systems or no faith system. Her work with clients from all faith backgrounds has been significantly informed by her understanding of 12-Step work. She tailors her approach to the concerns presented by her clients. Val creates a safe, warm, and welcoming environment for her clients. Clients enjoy talking with Val and comment that she is understanding, non-judgmental and humorous.

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