Dr. Lawrence Smith

Clinical Psychology
Seattle, WA
32 years experience male

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Office

Seattle, WA

Address

800 5th Ave, Suite 4100, Seattle, WA
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Insurances accepted

Premera Blue Cross

Aetna Life Insurance Company

MultiPlan, Inc

UnitedHealthcare

Anthem BC Life & Health Insurance Company

About

Bio

Please feel free to book an appointment online: https://www.patientfusion.com/. Lawrence W. Smith, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist in Seattle, Washington. He provides evaluations, therapy, and coaching for adults and executives. He specializes in anxiety and depression, and assists with performance and goal attainment. In his work with couples he relies heavily on the research of John Gottman, Ph.D. As a cognitive-behavioral therapist, he assists with changing thinking and behavior to improve well-being. He also employs the latest scientific research in positive psychology and helps identify and maximize one's personal strengths.

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Clinical Psychology

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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Treatment for what?: Treatment is available in many places. What would you like to get treatment for?
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
No: There is no oversensitive personality type, per se. Oversensitivity can occur in many people occasionally depending on the circumstances. Oversensit... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Side effects: There are always side effects to consider in any treatment. These should be discussed with your provider as you weigh the potential benefits against ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Restless & upset: Delirium is a disturbance of consciousness or reduced clarity of awareness of the environment. Individuals with this reduced ability to pay attention... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Possibly: The fact that you're normally quite happy is a good sign that you'll return to your normal state, and perhaps sooner than you might think. But, it wo... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Need more info: Adhd or sleep disorder might be problems for you, but it's impossible to know with so little information. It's common for thoughts to drift from unim... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Maybe some, but ...: Therapy might be helpful in assisting you in reaching your goals of feeling like you belong and behaving more comfortably with others. You can overco... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
One idea: Here's an idea: an unquiet mind: a memoir of moods and madness, by kay redfield jamison (author).
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Otolaryngology: It's important to begin by discussing the problems with your pcp who might refer you to a otolaryngologist or speech therapist, depending on the sympt... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Panic attack?: When having a panic attack some people complain of tunnel vision with dizziness, lightheadedness, and other symptoms. Along with these symptoms is int... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Not typically: Seeing shadows or movement out of the corner of the eye is common. The explanations for this phenomenon vary a great deal. Some of these experiences... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
About 1 in 7 chance: About 14% of people age 71 and older in the us have dementia. So, you have about a 1 in 7 chance of getting it. But, there are a number of factors tha... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Not everyone: Of course, not! this is true of every profession. Not everyone is is happy and healthy in any job. People have problems, challenges, setbacks, etc.... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Practice : The mindfullness and acceptance workbook, and other similar resources are readily available for people who are determined to kick the phobia habit. It... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
More info is needed: There is help available for your mom's fears and depression. These problems could be caused by a lot of things. Maybe you could talk to her about te... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
May be synonymous: Often people say "i'm stressed, " when they mean "i'm anxious." but, not all stress leads to anxiety. If stress is defined as having a lot on one's pl... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Rebound in the brain: A problem like this happens for a number of people. While we don't yet understand why, here's an idea provided by richard friedman, md: the sadness (... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Dispute negativity: Become aware of what thoughts you're having that are leading to anxiety. Write down these thoughts. Think of these thoughts as an incomplete, one-sid... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Get an evaluation: Diagnosis of bipolar disorder requires an expert evaluation by your doctor (psychologist/psychiatrist, etc.). There are a number of possible explanati... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Probably not the tea: Three to five cups of green tea contains less caffeine than a single cup of drip coffee. It is unlikely that you are overdosing on caffeine with this... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
It can be managed: Bipolar disorders are usually effectively treated and managed over the course of a person's life. Continued employment and life satisfaction and happi... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Yes, it's likely: There is some scientifically sound evidence that long-term cannabis use is hazardous to white matter in the developing brain. This was especially tru... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Acceptance: It's a truly wonderful strength to have the capacity to love and be loved. That first part of what you wrote is separate from the second part--about ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Problematic use: Also referred to as amphetamine abuse, methamphetamine abuse is a problematic pattern of methamphetamine use leading to significant impairment or dist... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Insurance definition: The criteria for “who is considered a smoker” varies between insurance companies. Most companies define "smoker" as any nicotine use (including gum an... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Legal question: It's a good idea to consult with your attorney regarding these legal questions. Courts of law determine whether a person is competent or not. This c... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Varies: The initial experience of losing weight varies from person to person. Focus on behavior change and not changes on the scale! if you are actually beha... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Listening & Talking: Therapists treat patients after doing an evaluation of the presenting problems and agreeing on a treatment plan with the patient. Though the specific ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Mental Status Exams: As i mentioned earlier, the basic domains of a person's mental state include: appearance, attitude, behavior, mood and affect, speech, thought process... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Careful evaluation: Challenging to diagnose, conversion disorder is a rare "somatoform" disorder in which a person loses voluntary motor or sensory function, suggesting a... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Influence: A marriage provides an opportunity for one person to have a great deal of influence on another. In a good marriage this mutual influence is part of wh... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
It depends . . .: Depression can be effectively treated by focusing on either behavior or thoughts. The particular approach in any case will depend on the details of a ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
It's complex: 1. Polarization of the neuron's membrane; 2. Resting potential gives the neuron a rest; 3. Action potential: sodium ions move inside the membrane; 4. ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
The Force: Essentially, this is a psychoanalytic term for the tendency or drive to achieve pleasure and avoid pain as the chief motivating force in behavior.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Suicide Risk: Thinking about and planning suicide are risk factors for suicide. If a person has suicidal thoughts, threatens to commit suicide, makes suicidal gest... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
DBT Can Help: The simplest way to define a person with borderline personality disorder is as "a person." A personality disorder is a hardship for that per... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Depression symptoms: Many people with depression don't have thoughts of suicide. Some do have thoughts of death or suicide without a specific plan. It's different for each... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Do it over and over!: Behaviors become habits if they routinely happen after much repetition. Habits are behaviors that occur with little deliberate decision making. Bad ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Play Together: The most important detail is to plan to be together participating in an activity. Perhaps you could take turns planning family activities, with the a... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Bulimia is harmful: Bulimia nervosa ("bulimia") is an eating disorder involving binge eating followed by inappropriate compensatory behavior (such as self-induced vomitin... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Not at all!: Hypochondiasis is a fear of having, or the idea that one has, a serious disease based on the person's misinterpretation of bodily symptoms. Fears ten... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Is it OK to be bad?: Perhaps you have a well-developed sense of right and wrong and are especially hard on yourself when you do something wrong--even skipping work (if you... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Oxymoron: This view appears to be a contradiction. An evaluation with a psychiatrist or psychologist would provide an opportunity to explore what is behind this... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Relax: The symptoms you list are consistent with those of a panic attack. During a panic attack many people fear that they are having a heart attack or are d... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Not likely: Only if people have intrusive & inappropriate thoughts about the app that cause a lot of distress, and then go on to do some repetitive behavior in re... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Get some help: There are a number of possible explanations for your unhappiness. It would be good to discuss this right away with your doctor/therapist. You might ha... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Only if you need it: If you had an agreement in place with your doctor related to these types of behaviors, it would be followed. If not, your doctor would discuss what y... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Be good, and learn!: There are many ways to have healthy self-esteem. Most agree that there are two broad components to self-esteem: (1) the view that I am a worthwhile or... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
If it makes you sad.: It depends on the effects of the social isolation on your emotions. There is some evidence that low levels of positive emotion (or high levels of nega... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Prevents suppression: Social support can prevent spikes in the hormone cortisol, which suppresses the immune system. Research supports the idea that social interactions enh... Read More
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Mar 27, 2013
Dr. Lawrence Smith sets the gold standard for responding thoughtfully & informatively to HealTap member's questions in the realm of mental health & beyond. He's smart & kind, as well as always ready ...Read More
Mar 30, 2013
Dr. Smith is a phenomenal Doctor Psychologist and Therapist, his knowledge and therapeutic skills enlightens the Health Tap community! What a wonderful contribution to both patients and doctors! I hig...Read More
May 11, 2013
Dr Smith is clearly compassionate, articulate & knowledgable. The responses he provides on Health Tap demonstrate an excellent understanding of the human psyche. I recommend Dr. Smith.
HealthTap member
This was very helpful. Thanks! These notes are making me think of self esteem in a positive light. It's something I've struggled with after a difficult childhood and also picking partners that do not ...Read More
HealthTap member
Thanks for your quick reply! My cocern is that will she go mad again or she will do fine becouse we are going to travel to a place where we dont have gud medical facilit
HealthTap member
This was very helpful. Thanks! It is encouraging to see that you and a lot of other doctors are promoting that family eat healthy and exercise together.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

UC San Diego School of Medicine and San Diego State University (Joint-Doctoral Program)
Graduated 1991MD

Residency

University of Washington School of Medicine

Awards

American Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, Best Paper, 1987
Top Psychologist, Third Place, National - Winter
2013
Top Psychologist, First Place, Washington - Summer
2013

Affiliations

University of Washington School of Medicine
American Psychological Association
LW Smith & Associates, PLLC
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