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Dr. Jerry Smith

Clinical Psychology
The Woodlands, TX
15 years experience male

Locations

Breakthrough Psychological Solutions, PLLC

The Woodlands, TX

Address

The Woodlands, TX, United States
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My office hours

Tuesday: Closed
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Fax

9726927303

Insurances accepted

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About

Bio

I am a licensed psychologist in private practice and have many years experience serving in the public sector. I am an expert in mental health. I earned Doctoral and Master's degrees in Clinical Psychology from the Texas School of Professional Psychology. I additionally hold a Master's degree in Professional Counseling. My areas of specialization include anger/emotion management, mental illness, personality disorders, trauma and victimization, addictions, cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness, communication and conflict resolution. I am a consummate professional who values the humanity and uniqueness of my clients. I look forward to forming a partnership with you as we work together to m

Specialties
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Clinical Psychology

Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

Medical Psychotherapy

Pain Management

Public Health

Licenses

United States: Texas

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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Side-effects: These are possible symptoms of Lexapro/escitalopram and should go away in time. If the symptoms persist you should contact your provider.
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Ignore: Do request a re-evaluation within 1 year of the initial diagnosis.
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A female asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Alternative cause: If no obvious evidence of trauma to the shoulder area, you may consider assessing for repetitive motions that could be causing the pain. For example i... Read More
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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Ambivalence...: Are your ODs intentional? Your concern about liver damage implies a desire to live a healthy life. If your ODs were intentional seeking counseling wil... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Testing 4 Anxiety: There are several questionnaires that can be given for anxiety (e.g., Beck Anxiety Inventory) and some standardized psychological tests that look at a... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
New perspective...: Research has shown that a significant number of people previously diagnosed with schizophrenia are being re-diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Get help:: Get help: 1) immediately for abnormal reactions (psychosis, suicidality, risky behavior including substance abuse) 2) if normal reactions (insomnia,... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
CBT: Cognitive-behavioral therapy can help immensely with learning to manage anxiety. Consult with a psychologist here on HealthTap or in your community to... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Yes.: But get a medical evaluation immediately to rule out other physical problems.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
CBT: Cognitive-behavioral therapy can help immensely with learning to manage anxiety. Consult with a psychologist here on HealthTap or in your community to... Read More
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A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
CBT: Cognitive-behavioral therapy can help immensely with learning to manage anxiety. Consult with a psychologist here on HealthTap or in your community to... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Yes!: Get treatment. Get it under control. Get an education. Get a job as a doctor. Get the dream! Simple as that :-)
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A member asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
CBT: Cognitive-behavioral therapy can help immensely with learning to manage anxiety. Consult with a psychologist here on HealthTap or in your community to... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Couples Therapy: I recommend seeking pre-marital/relationship counseling together. An effective therapist will be able to assist you both in determining what you each ... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Many PDs...: There are a variety of personality disorders that may include such behavior. Some of these include obsessive-compulsive pd, narcissistic pd, borderlin... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Great field: This is an exciting field that provides a wide variety of possible experiences and career options. Most generally, clinical psychologists work with se... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
CBT: Cognitive-behavioral therapy can help immensely with learning to manage anxiety. Consult with a psychologist here on HealthTap or in your community to... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Using: Using stretching and relaxation exercises to manage stress can boost your memory.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
New perspective...: Research has shown that a significant number of people previously diagnosed with schizophrenia are being re-diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Some similarities: Most generally, clinical psychologists work with severely mentally ill persons as opposed to counseling psychologists who may work primarily with the ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Exposure therapy: I recommend exploring "exposure therapy." Basically, this is gradually exposing oneself to the stimulus he/she is afraid of. This might start by simpl... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Psychological effect: Depression and anxiety are two common psychological effects associated with heart surgery. You should discuss any psychological symptoms and seek a me... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Multifaceted field: Clinical psychology is the branch of psychology that focuses on assessing and treating seriously mentally ill individuals. Treatment usually involves ... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
CBT: Cognitive-behavioral therapy can help immensely with learning to manage anxiety. Consult with a psychologist here on HealthTap or in your community to... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Depends: Depending on the laws of the particular state, a master's level clinician may be able to practice independently in a limited capacity or may be requir... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Definitely.: You will want to consult with your general physician, if not a psychiatrist. After that, consulting with a psychologist would be in order to assess th... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Seek further consult: You indicate several symptoms characteristic of anxiety. However, you also indicate several symptoms generally unrelated Anxiety/stress can show itsel... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Talk therapy: By definition a psychosomatic disorder is "in the head." That's not to minimize the disruption and distress it can cause. Psychotherapy is key to reso... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Can be...: Online therapy requires a unique skill set. With an experienced e-therapist, online CBT can be very effective. However, I have found that the client m... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Take: Take time during the day to calm yourself through relaxation exercises.
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Take: Take time during the day to calm yourself through relaxation exercises.
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Therapy...: While medication can certainly help, engaging in psych therapy can help you structure your environment and thinking patterns in such a way as to supp... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
General vs specific: One way to think of this is in adjustment disorder a person acts out dysfunctionally due to a stressor and is generally short-term (resolves within 6 ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Community sources...: If there is a nearby university or post-secondary educational institution, you may be able to obtain free or reduced-fee services by going through the... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
911...: If you feel suicidal you should call 911 immediately and notify a loved one who will stay with you until help arrives or take you to the emergency roo... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Two different things: Psychotherapy is a term that is often used to refer to a wide variety of "talk therapies." Clinical psychology, on the other hand, is a specific field... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
CBT: Cognitive-behavioral therapy can help immensely with learning to manage anxiety. Consult with a psychologist here on HealthTap or in your community to... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
CBT...: Connect with a good psychologist. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is a proven treatment for both depression and anxiety.
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Do: Do avoid late-night snacks. If you must eat, eat fresh vegetables and avoid fatty snacks like chips.
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Workable Condition: Anxiety is a condition that can be effectively treated with counseling and medication as appropriate. If your anxiety is situational, which it sounds ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Not exactly...: "Manic" does not equate to "happy." An elevated mood may include feeling good/happy, but also may include increased agitation, anxiousness, excessive ... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
911...: If you feel suicidal you should call 911 immediately and notify a loved one who will stay with you until help arrives or take you to the emergency roo... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Ignore: Don't blame self 4 difficulties being intimate, being over-controlling, feeling rejected /abandoned.
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Challenges abound...: E-therapy can be effective if the patient can adjust his/her expectations. I have a good e-therapy practice and I find the biggest struggle for client... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
911...: If you feel suicidal you should call 911 immediately and notify a loved one who will stay with you until help arrives or take you to the emergency roo... Read More
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A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Get help now!: It seems you are in significant distress. You should speak to your PCP asap to discuss your symptoms. Additionally, should you begin to feel completel... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Various forms...: Anxiety can show itself in various forms and to a variety of degrees. Mild anxiety is not necessarily a bad thing, especially if it is temporary and i... Read More
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Seek help: I recommend seeking out a therapist or attending test anxiety seminars. The school district may offer such interventions or you may want to try your l... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Therapy....: if you've seen numerous doctors and still don't think you have answers, maybe different questions can be asked...questions more pertinent to what you ... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Understand: Understand the biggest danger is over‐reaction in the face of widespread uncertainty and misperception of the limited scale of the hazard. More lives ... Read More
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May 31, 2015
Dr. Smith is supportive, informative, and kind. His storehouse of wisdom is a treasure trove worth tapping for any who read his wise words.
Apr 28, 2015
I enjoy reading Dr. Smith's responses and how he interacts warmly, expertly, and collaboratively with patients.
May 29, 2015
Thank you so much for all you do here! Keep up the great job!!
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Your answer was very helpful, thanks! Thank you for the detailed answer. Definitely helps
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Texas School of Professional Psychology
Graduated 2007MD

Residency

Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Prisons

Awards

Howard Huges Medical Foundation Undergraduate Competitive Internship Award
Most Influential, First Place, Beaumont Region - Spring
2015
Thought Leader, First Place, Texas - Spring
2015

Affiliations

Texas Psychological Association
Academy of Behavioral Profiling
Behavior Online
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