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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 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Panic attack?: You could be having a panic attack if you're experiencing some of the following symptoms: a pounding heart or chest discomfort, sweating, trembling, s... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Health behaviors: To be healthier and feel happier about one's body, it might be helpful to begin with acceptance. Accept the facts about your body and your health as t... Read More
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A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Balance helps: It certainly seems possible. It's recommended, of course, that you work less and decease your stress and perfectionism.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Congratulations!: By asking this, you're already on your way to becoming happier and more confident. Keep seeking knowledge and understanding of the keys to happiness ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Less fun: When a person has depressive symptoms they tend to have a lot less interest in or fun with all or almost all activities. Depression is a fun spoiler.... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Unnecessary: It is not clear what "sex stimulant" you are referring to, but a normal adolescent boy has no need for a sex stimulant or for a stimulant of any kind.
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Stability first: Having a baby causes a profound shift in a person's life. It requires a huge, life-long commitment. Being a parent can add to life satisfaction over ... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
See your doctor: There are many possible explanations for your sleep/wakefulness issue. Your pcp can address your concern and develop a treatment plan. Anxiety, depr... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Relaxation Response: Set aside 10 or 20 minutes each day for a week and try it. 1. Sit quietly in a comfortable position. 2. Allow your eyes to close. 3. Think about... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Something's wrong...: ...but you can fix it. Anxiety and worry can be upsetting and can make people feel ill. Work with your doctor to resolve your anxiety problem. You mig... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
What do you mean?: What do you mean by "spiritual?" this is not a term that is often used by mental health or medical practitioners when discussing the various causes of... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
See your doctor: The expression, "nervous breakdown" has been in use for more than 100 years. But it is not a defined or specific mental disorder. In fact, in his best... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Why take them?: If you laugh and really feel happy it doesn't sound like you would benefit from an antidepressant medication (for depression).
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Yes: Cognitive behavior therapy (cbt) is helpful in eliminating or revising thoughts that are unnecessary and causing distress. Fear of intimacy is likely ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Eye of the beholder: To be diagnosed with body dysmorphic disorder one must be preoccupied with an imagined defect in appearance. If a slight physical anomaly is present, ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
It depends!: Some anxiety can get better with 15 minutes of the "relaxation response." but, there are an infinite number of causes for anxiety. Finding the cause... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Yes: Anxiety can be tiring! a "fight or flight" response is occurring in your body, which is tiring . . . As if you're fighting vigorously or running rapi... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
See a professional: A psychiatrist (or psychologist, etc.) could evaluate you and help you understand your symptoms. If you meet criteria for a disorder a treatment plan ... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Get tough . . .: See your doctor to get started with good treatment. In addition, "opposite action" can help. It's not possible to be fully assertive and anxious at th... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Very likely: According to the centers for disease control & prevention, "it is estimated that most every sexually active man and woman will acquire genital hpv inf... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Change your approach: There are a number of actions that you can take to increase your happiness. In addition to seeing a psychotherapist, you might also get a book on hap... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Binge/purge: Recurrent episodes of binge eating accompanied by a sense of lack of control over eating during each episode and inappropriate behavior to prevent wei... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Professional help: Compulsive behavior can be problematic to some people regardless of age. If an elderly person is behaving in a repetitive way (compulsively) and these... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Dependence: Anxiety is a normal emotion that is useful in daily life. Therefore, anxiety, per se, is not to be treated; anxiety disorders on the other hand are t... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Please clarify: Obsessive-compulsive disorder is often best handled by professional psychotherapy and/or medications. There is also another condition known as obsess... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Yes, but why do it?: Bulimia nervosa is a dangerous disorder. It would be irrational to attempt to develop such a problem. The problematic behaviors include: binge eating,... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
A few ideas: Here are some ideas to discuss with your physician or dietician: 1. Decrease your intake of carbs (breads, cakes, cookies, cereals, rice, pasta, mu... Read More
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A 68-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Focus on life: You probably already know this, but anxiety problems can be solved by changing behaviors. One of the most important behavioral changes is to replace ... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Use your strength: Challenges provide opportunities for growing stronger. Welcome them and break them down into manageable parts. The issues you face are lower on the pr... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Change your approach: There are a number of actions that you can take to increase your happiness. In addition to seeing a psychotherapist, you might also get a book on hap... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Get busy!: If you feel depressed because you think you won't be happy again you can seek evaluation and treatment by your doctor or try a self-help remedy. Accor... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Irrational fears: People often have unusual fears stemming from their imaginations more than from the physical world around them. These fears can be upsetting. A mental... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Something causes it: Yes, it is in your head . . . and in the rest of your body. If you feel sad most of the time you may have a depressive disorder, the symptoms of which... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Change your approach: There are a number of actions that you can take to increase your happiness. In addition to seeing a psychotherapist, you might also get a book on hap... 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Accomplish Something: Pursuing goals and engagement in life are associated with greater satisfaction in life. Having a schedule and sticking to it allows some people to bec... 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 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Participate & enjoy!: Enjoy the experience and speak up. Focus on what you're learning, both academically and personally. Say hello to new classmates and learn about them... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Unnecessary: You may be feeling guilt when it is not appropriate. Sometimes what feels like guilt is another unpleasant emotion stemming from comparing yourself to... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Sleep hygiene: Here are some suggestions: (1) try to exercise at least 20-30 minutes a day; (2) avoid caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol; (3) relax before bed; (3) ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Imagination: Being an intelligent and creative human being (with enough time to ponder) you will think about all sorts of things and theoretical possibilities. Thi... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Talk and love: People with muscular dystrophy have the same social needs that we all have, so continuing to interact and spend time with them is a huge plus. They're... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Ask your doctor: It's best to run this by a professional who will evaluate whether the person is preoccupied with an imagined defect in appearance. The person might ac... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Yes: Therapy and medications are the main treatments for this serious problem. Unfortunately, many individuals with this paraphilia (sexual behavior invol... Read More
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Testimonials
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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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