Marsha Smith


Certified Focusing-Oriented Therapist

Certified Focusing Trainer


Personal Statement

I’ve been helping people for over 25 years, to feel better, deal better with life issues and live more fully. The purpose of my work is to provide support to enhance my clients’ natural abilities and resilience to deal well with challenges and make the changes that they want. My training and experience in Focusing oriented therapy, other healing practices and my own personal growth have led me to understand the steps in therapy that lead to effective growth and change. With experiential therapies, education, and skills of listening and empathy, I help my clients to explore changes and find answers within themselves to resolve problems and find more happiness and wellbeing in life.


Office 1: 1818 Dempster Street, Evanston, IL

Office 2: 8 South Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL

Public Contact Details:

telephone: 847/323-1717



Languages: English

Professional Details:

Professional memberships with licensing or registering bodies:

LCSW:National Assoc. of Social Workers
Lic# 149007366

Academic and training qualifications:

University of Chicago, Undergraduate studies
University of Illinois and Northwestern University, Psychotherapy Internships
University of Illinois, Masters in Social Work
Chicago Counseling and Psychotherapy Center, Client Centered Therapy and Focusing-Oriented Therapy Training
Certified Focusing Trainer
Community Mental Health Centers and private practice, Counseling Trainer and Supervisor.


Therapeutic services:

o  Individual psychotherapy/counselling
o  Individual Focusing sessions (guided Focusing, not ongoing therapy)
o  Couple/Relationship therapy
o  Focusing-Oriented Coaching
o  Group or family therapy

Areas of special interest or advanced training:



o I offer training groups to learn Focusing (open to the public)

o I offer individual sessions for people to learn Focusing (open to the public)

o I offer training in Focusing-oriented Therapy (for professionals)

o  I offer training for organizations and teams

o  Consultation and Supervision for psychotherapists, psychologists, counsellors I offer training in Focusing-oriented Therapy (for professionals)

Details of these and any other services:

Mindfulness oriented therapy, Couples and Adolescent Therapy.
Integrating Focusing and Mindfulness practices.
Consultation and education about the benefits of alternatives to medical, pharmacological treatments.


Recent Publications (5 years or less):