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about pinewood therapy

Currently accepting virtual clients who live in Kansas, South Carolina, and Washington.

hey there.

I'm Elise Smithmier, founder of Pinewood Therapy.

I could tell you how much I love to be in nature, drink coffee, and play with my dogs, and while those things are wholeheartedly true, they don’t tell you much about who I am as a human or as a therapist. 

I’m not a “rainbows and unicorns” person. I don’t believe in spending money, time, and energy for me to tell you what you want to hear. I’m not fancy or quiet or scared to tell you what I’m thinking. I’m a real human whose been through real shit.


I’m a recovering perfectionist and always will be. 

I’ve thought about taking my life.

I’m an anxious human whose been frozen with panic.

I’m a survivor of sexual and emotional abuse.

I’m a victim to my inner critic.

I’ve risked everything to pursue my dreams.

I’ve questioned my worth too many times to count.


But most importantly, I’m a human who gives a damn about you and what you’re going through because I’ve been there too.

Elise Smithmier, Pinewood Therapy, Couples Counselor


Licensure: Licensed Mental Health Counselor (WA 61342030), Licensed Professional Counselor (SC 8211), Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (KS 03121)

Education: MidAmerica Nazarene University - MA in Marriage, Couple, Family Counseling

Organizations: American Counseling Association, National Board for Certified Counselors

Specialties: Level III Practicum Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy, The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work Gottman Leader


what's with all the pine trees?

Pine trees are evergreen, meaning that they stay green and keep their leaves or needles throughout all four seasons. They're hardy despite harsh conditions.


Our goal at Pinewood is to help you, like the mighty pine, weather all seasons of life.

Plus, nature is fucking awesome.

The bravest thing you can be is yourself.

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