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Lora Smitham, Ph.D., CEDS, is a licensed counseling psychologist in the state of Arizona, specializing in the treatment of eating disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, and couples. Dr. Smitham earned her master’s and doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana and has worked in a variety of community and university settings, including Miami University of Ohio and Arizona State University. She completed her dissertation on the use of “Intuitive Eating” (Tribole & Resch, 2003) for Binge Eating Disorder. After post-doctoral training at ASU, Dr. Smitham joined the treatment team at A New Beginning Outpatient Treatment Center. Following several years working with adolescents and adults at A New Beginning, Dr. Smitham chose to join with Dr. Van Tuinen in founding Clear Horizons.
Dr. Smitham’s clinical experience includes providing outpatient therapy to individuals, couples, and groups from a wide variety of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. She enjoys working with clients struggling with a multitude of concerns, but particularly enjoys the opportunity to help clients struggling with anorexia, binge eating disorder, couple distress, anxiety, depression, and trauma reach their healthy potential. Additionally, Dr. Smitham completed specialized training in Maudsley/Family Based Treatment for adolescents struggling with restrictive eating disorders (Anorexia Nervosa) and is passionate about offering this highly effective treatment to her adolescent clients. She has also been given the designation of Certified Eating Disorders Specialist (CEDS). Most recently, Dr. Smitham pursued training in the treatment of Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors (hair-pulling, skin-picking, etc) through the TLC Foundation for BFRB’s.
In therapy, Dr. Smitham utilizes an empathic, integrative perspective to aid clients in the identification of maladaptive interpersonal and cognitive patterns, to process past and recent emotional wounds, to build on inner strengths and coping resources, and to bolster resiliency. She believes that a person finds healing and peace in acknowledging, embracing, and integrating various aspects of their personal identity.
When not at work, Dr. Smitham enjoys spending time with her four children and husband, as well as sewing, reading, and cooking.
Dr. Smitham is a member of the American Psychological Association, Academy of Eating Disorders, TLC Foundation for BFRBs, and International Academy of Eating Disorder Professionals.