Dr. Jerry Smith

Clinical Psychology
The Woodlands, TX
16 years experience male

Locations

Breakthrough Psychological Solutions, PLLC

The Woodlands, TX

Address

The Woodlands, TX, United States
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 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 my patients/clients as we work together to achieve optimal mental health.

Specialties
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Clinical Psychology

ADHD and Autism

Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

Medical Psychotherapy

Preventive Medicine

Public Health

Licenses

United States: Texas

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 16 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 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 16 years experience
Rule out: One would always want to rule out physiological causes before assuming something is "purely a psychological thing."
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 16 years experience
Check w/ dentist: A dentist will be able to examine your teeth and determine if there are stress cracks that may be caused by grinding teeth (a common symptom of anxiet... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 16 years experience
Check w/ dentist: A dentist will be able to examine your teeth and determine if there are stress cracks that may be caused by grinding teeth (a common symptom of anxiet... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 16 years experience
Potential problems: Long term effects will depend on the ego strength of the victim. Unresolved emotional distress from this sort of trauma may include trust issues, diff... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 16 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 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 16 years experience
Mindfulness....: Mindfulness psychology can help a person gain better insight and awareness of their physical condition opening the door to improvement in mind and bod... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 16 years experience
Neuropsychological..: a neuropsychological exam may be warranted, especially if these events are impacting your functioning or causing other problems. Speak to your PCP abo... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 16 years experience
Various degrees...: 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 57-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 16 years experience
Professional eval: Diagnosis requires a trained professional. If there is a nearby university or post-secondary educational institution, you may be able to obtain a free... Read More
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A 57-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 16 years experience
Fun...: I like to try to find my reflection in the other person's eyes and see if I can make out what is behind me or try to count their eye lashes...tens of ... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 16 years experience
More: More lives are lost due to over-reaction than to the actual radiation damage.
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 16 years experience
Take: Take time during the day to calm yourself through relaxation exercises.
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 16 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 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 16 years experience
Empathy: Psychopathy is considered a severe form of antisocial personality (ASP). However, there is a big difference and that is the ability to empathize with ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 16 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 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 16 years experience
Yes, but...: 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 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 16 years experience
Role model: You can assist this young lady by being a good role model. Model healthy behavior in your own relationships with females. Find ways to introduce her t... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 16 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 16 years experience
The: The primary goals of autism treatments are to lessen deficits and to lessen family stresses.
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 16 years experience
Opportunities abound: One "simple" strategy is to take the following approach: When encountering behavior in others that elicits unwanted/negative feelings in you, see this... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 16 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 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 16 years experience
Different processes: While often used interchangeably, stress (distress & eustress) is a natural response to internal and external stimuli/pressures and anxiety is mor... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 16 years experience
Talk therapy: Trying to manage/treat OCD symptoms with medication alone is often insufficient. Seek out a qualified cognitive behavioral and/or mindfulness therapis... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 16 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 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 16 years experience
Eating: Eating 5 small meals throughout the day prevents dips in blood glucose, the brain's energy source.
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 16 years experience
Following: Following the same sleep schedule each night is the best way to keep body's natural sleep cycle.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 16 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 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 16 years experience
Abhorrent: This is an abhorrent practice and should be shunned in all societies/cultures.
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A member asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 16 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 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 16 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 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 16 years experience
Age 18: The diagnostic criteria require that an individual be at least 18 years old to diagnose a personality disorder. However, we have seen that many indivi... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 16 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 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 16 years experience
Yes...: Yes, there are medications your doctor can prescribe to help minimize the side effects of Geodon (ziprasidone). It is important to get on these medica... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 16 years experience
Simple answer: Yes..: it's possible to "grow out of" an anxiety disorder. This can happen by a few different processes. Our executive functioning (i.e., frontal brain lobe)... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 16 years experience
Take: Take time during the day to calm yourself through relaxation exercises.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 16 years experience
Possibly...: Hypnosis is very theoretical in nature and to the extent it is effective, the psychological mechanisms by which it might work is not very well underst... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 16 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 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 16 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 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 16 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 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 16 years experience
It is quite possible you experienced an acute anxiety episode triggered while sleeping. This is not that unusual and can convince a person they are ha... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 16 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
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A member asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 16 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
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 16 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 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 16 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 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 16 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 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 16 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 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 16 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 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 16 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 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 16 years experience
Ignore: Do request a re-evaluation within 1 year of the initial diagnosis.
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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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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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