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Dr. Lawrence Smith

Clinical Psychology
Seattle, WA
30 years experience male

Locations

Office

Seattle, WA

Address

800 5th Ave, Suite 4100, Seattle, WA
Directions

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 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 30 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
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 30 years experience
Brain injury: In many cases, the occurrence of coma is associated with brain injuries, which are often associated with temporary or long-term memory problems. In ad... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 30 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
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 30 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
A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 30 years experience
This might help: The amount of time required for an MRI of the head varies, but generally it is brief (minutes rather than hours). To prepare, try this: (1) take an a... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 30 years experience
Get help: If you can, discuss with your doctor (e.g., psychiatrist/psychologist). There are medications and other physical treatments for depression. There are... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 30 years experience
Different opinions: A diagnosis is a professional's determination (i.e., opinion) of the nature of a disease or disorder. Since professionals vary somewhat in their opin... Read More
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 30 years experience
Don't punch anything: For most people, venting anger tends to keep it alive. In addition, the outward expression of anger can lead to negative cardiovascular activities ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 30 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
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 30 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
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 30 years experience
It varies: The main goal, of course, is to ensure that the individual is safe. So, the staff will periodically evaluate the patient to determine what sort of int... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 30 years experience
"...nothing to fear : Unless you've been diagnosed with a heart condition or another medical disorder, you are likely experiencing the physical effects of anxiety (not seri... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 30 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
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 30 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
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 30 years experience
Close to 100%: Hpv is the most common std in the world. In fact, classifying it as an std does not mean that it cannot be transmitted in other ways. For example, sk... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 30 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
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 30 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
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 30 years experience
Practice: Understand that you have a choice of what to focus on or emphasize. Just as you can switch tv channels, you can also change what you place your attent... Read More
A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 30 years experience
Balance helps: It certainly seems possible. It's recommended, of course, that you work less and decease your stress and perfectionism.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 30 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
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 30 years experience
Stay calm: Stay calm and practice breathing slowly and deliberately. If you have ongoing asthma or a known heart condition call your doctor for advice (while sta... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 30 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).
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 30 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
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 30 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
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 30 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
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 30 years experience
Take action now: Psychotherapy and/or medication along with doing homework assigned by your therapist is best. In addition, setting realistic goals, being with others,... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 30 years experience
Supervision required: For mild to moderate use of alcohol it is relatively easy for many people to cut back or stop their use. Sticking to limits on the number of drinks co... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 30 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
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 30 years experience
You Can!: There are many possible explanations for why a person does not feel happy. Some disorders with symptoms of depression or anxiety might be the culprit... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 30 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
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 30 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
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 30 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
A 68-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 30 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
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 30 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
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 30 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
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 30 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
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 30 years experience
Not serious: Did it feel like a tingling sensation? It might have been due to some anxiety symptoms, which are sometimes accompanied by transient numbness or ting... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 30 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
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 30 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
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 30 years experience
Yes, but not often: The "residual type" of schizophrenia is characterized by an absence of prominent positive symptoms (e.g., delusions, hallucinations, severe behavioral... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 30 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
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 30 years experience
Continue becoming : Improving self-esteem is a goal for many people. Self esteem has two major components: (1) the view that I am a worthwhile or good person, and (2) the... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 30 years experience
For good reason?: When people become progressively more intoxicated with alcohol they are at increased risk of saying and doing things they will later regret. The reaso... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 30 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
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 30 years experience
Mixed results: According to a nimh review, clinical trials studying the effectiveness of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rtms) have had mixed results. ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 30 years experience
Carry On: 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
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 30 years experience
Paranoid Personality: People with this disorder show distrust and suspiciousness of others. They can experience this by reading hidden demeaning or threatening meanings int... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 30 years experience
Therapy : Pyromania should be treated as early as possible with therapy and possibly medication--certainly before more deliberate fires are set.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 30 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
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 30 years experience
Quit trying: People have a difficult time trying not to think of something. "don't think of a pink elephant, " is often cited as an example of this. So, if you a... 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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