Judith Smithchild, MEd, LPCC-S, LICDC-S, NCC, ICA, Counselor in Athens
I have been providing quality psychotherapy & counseling services in the area for over 25 years. I am skilled, patient , and effective in helping other with current or chronic distressing issues or situations. I especially like to assist those who are effected by interpersonal relationship issues. I counsel clients to learn effective communication and self-care skills to help improve the quality of their life. I work with couples to heal broken trust in relationships impacted by emotional or physical affairs. I assist college-age clients in defining themselves and coping with educational and relationship stressors.
I am uniquely dually licensed in the State of Ohio to diagnose and treat mental health problems and addiction issues. I use a variety of treatment modalities such as Rogerian, RET, DBT, Stages of Change, 12-Step Facilitation, Expressive Arts, Bibliotherapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Psycho-Educational model in groups.
The office manager, Karen White, will greet you, orient you to the office layout and answer any questions you may have about billing and scheduling needs. My Athens office is inviting, cozy and comfortable. There is ample, well-lit, level parking on site and the building and office are handicapp accessible.
Take the first step to help. Call or Email Judith Smithchild now - (740) 358-0849


  • Years in Practice: 20+ Years
  • School: Ohio University
  • Year Graduated: 1989
  • License No. and State: E.0002224-SUPV Ohio


  • Avg Cost (per session): $100 - $130
  • Accepts Insurance: Yes
  • Accepted Payment Methods: Cash, Check, Paypal

Accepted Insurance Plans
  • Aetna
  • BlueCross and BlueShield
  • Health Net
  • Medical Mutual
  • Out of Network
Verify your health insurance coverage when you arrange your first visit.

Additional Credentials

  • License No. and State: LICDC-S OCDPB
  • Certificate: NBCC/NCC
  • Certificate Date: 1990

Judith Smithchild's Groups

CONNECTIONS: A 12-Week Workshop

CONNECTIONS is a 12-week psychoeducational workshop based on the shame resiliency research of Dr. Brene Brown. Her first book : "I Thought it Was Just Me" is the book utilized along with video, handouts, dyad exercise, large group discussion, experiential activities, expressive art exercises, music, and media/photography images. Skills are taught to help share common shame & guilt experiences and tools are developed to reduce universal shaming emotions & thoughts and build a sense of courage, compassion, connection & worthiness within ourselves. Sign up now for the next session! Cost is $360.00 and must be pre-paid before the workshop starts.

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Women in Transition Program

This 12 week psycho-educational program helps women experiencing a personal state of transition in their lives. The program focuses on areas of endings, neutral zones, & new beginnings in relation to each individuals' current life emotional distress while also reviewing transition turning points across the life span. The program utilizes education, dyad and small group discussion, handouts, expressive art activities, reflective journaling, and guided imagery meditation to help participants to find not only meaning and purpose with current transitions yet to also to develop coping skills to help with future life stressors & transformations. Cost is $250.00

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  • Addiction
  • Anxiety
  • Depression


  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Career Counseling
  • Chronic Pain
  • Coping Skills
  • Divorce
  • Drug Abuse
  • Eating Disorders
  • Grief
  • Marital and Premarital
  • Obesity
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Addiction
  • Spirituality
  • Substance Abuse
  • Transgender
  • Transgender
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Women's Issues

Mental Health

  • Impulse Control Disorders
  • Mood Disorders


  • Bisexual
  • Gay
  • Lesbian

Client Focus

Ethnicity: Native American
Religious Orientation: Other Spiritual or Religious Affiliations


  • Adults
  • Elders (65+)


  • Bisexual Clients
  • Cancer
  • Gay Clients
  • Heterosexual Clients
  • Lesbian Clients
  • Transgender Clients

Treatment Approach

Treatment Orientation

  • 12 Step Facilitation therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Dialectical (DBT)
  • Eclectic
  • Expressive Arts
  • Family / Marital
  • Interpersonal
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Person-Centered
  • Psycho-educational
  • Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)
  • Rational emotive therapy
  • Reality Therapy


  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Group
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2016
Judith Smithchild, MEd, LPCC-S, LICDC-S, NCC, ICA, Counselor in Athens

Judith Smithchild

Counselor, MEd, LPCC-S, LICDC-S, NCC, ICA