Charity Smith Counseling
My professional background is in clinical and community social work and human rights, with a decade of experience working in hospitals, residential homes, and community outreach. During that time, I worked with addiction treatment and recovery, supporting victims of human trafficking, and at-risk youth. These days, I’m working to improve mental health care and support services for LGBTQIA+ folks, especially for anyone who has felt unrepresented or unseen in traditional mental health services.
Growing up queer and polyamorous in a small, conservative town in rural Canada showed me some of the big gaps that people who are a little different can fall through when it comes to mental health care, and now I’m on a mission to make the world a little more gentle to misfits. I completed my Bachelor of Social Work with a minor in music therapy, then after some time working professionally, I moved to Berlin, Germany to pursue my master’s degree in Social Work as a Human Rights Profession at Alice Solomon Hochschule. My master’s thesis focused on The Lived Experiences of Polyamorous Families in Canada.
If you’re looking for a therapeutic ally who understands (and has lived experience with) the unique needs of queer, polyamorous/ CNM, and kinky folk, I absolutely welcome you to get in touch. I strongly believe in using scientific evidence-based practices and am a registered social worker in the province of Ontario, Canada.
All of my counseling interventions stem from principles of trauma informed care, harm reduction, and strengths based therapy. My interventions also draw from creative therapies, attachment theory, and cognitive behavioural therapy with my worldview grounded in intersectional feminism and queerness.
I offer a free initial consultation for anyone interested in beginning a therapeutic journey with me. I like to think of my work as forming therapeutic alliances, and I believe it is important for us to get to know one another before committing to working together.
I am a private-pay clinician and am therefore unable to accept health insurance. However, I believe that counseling and mental health support should be accessible to everyone, so to help keep my practice affordable I offer a sliding/ spectrum payment scale. I know how much of a stressor finances can be, so we can decide together what level of contribution best suits your unique situation.