Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner
Riley Smith, LICSW, LIMHP (she/her/hers) started working at Wholeness Healing Center in February 2020. Riley sees clients in the Grand Island office and our new Ord office. Riley sees individuals of all ages as well as, couples and families. Riley graduated from University of Iowa with her Master’s Degree in Social work and received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology of counseling from Morningside College.
As a therapist, Riley believes it is most effective for people to be met where they are and to understand themselves fully. Riley believes in aiding her clients along their journey of self-discovery and assists them to identify their strengths in order to fulfill their wellness goals.
Riley has previously worked as a program director of an intensive outpatient program where she helped clients work through effects of aging, grief and loss, depression and anxiety. Riley’s experience increased knowledge of rural Nebraska and allowed her to identify needs specific to clients experiencing all types of concerns. Riley has additional experience working with clients of all ages and has worked in the field of substance abuse, child welfare, end of life, aging, and family therapy. Riley recognizes that attachment and trauma have significant impact on a person’s life and aims to equip her clients with the tools necessary to function at their optimum. Riley assists families and other support networks to provide help to their loved ones who have been affected by trauma.
She holds a certificate in End of Life care and has received training focused on trauma, attachment, DBT, CBT, grief and loss, Gottman Method Couples therapy Level 1 and has completed training in critical incident stress management. Riley has facilitated DBT groups and mindfulness group therapy sessions.
Riley also has training in animal-assisted therapy and is a member of Healing Hearts Therapy dogs. Riley uses her dog, Fern, in her practice to help promote healing and bring safety to clients.
Riley enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors and traveling. Riley is a member of the National Association of Social Workers.