Dr. Jefferey Smith

Brief Bio

Jeffery Smith, MD is a psychiatrist who still talks to patients. His focus on personal change has led him to a fresh and comprehensive view of how therapy works, embodied in the Affect Avoidance Model. Today, he provides consultation and second opinions to individuals and families seeking the best approach for dealing with complex psychological problems.

His most recent project is the forthcoming book, Launchpad to Adulthood:  A ten-step countdown to independence, guiding families and their struggling young adults to engagement in a new and challenging world. 

As a freshman at Stanford, Dr. Smith knew he wanted to become a therapist. With an MD from UCLA, he came East for psychiatry residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY.  He is a Distinguished Life Fellow in the American Psychiatric Association and Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at New York Medical College.

Dr. Smith is an active writer, editor and teacher on the subject of psychotherapy and has appeared on 60 Minutes and Good Morning America. His book, How We Heal and Grow: The Power of Facing Your Feelings is “a definitive guide to personal change.” He blogs on Psychology Today’s website and his own www.howtherapyworks.com.

In service to the professional community, he is Newsletter Editor for the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration, Trustee of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry and author of Psychotherapy: A Practical Guide,  a textbook of psychotherapy that is unique in that it does not expect allegiance to any particular school or orientation, but is compatible with all.