Dr. Gillan  Smith

Adult Coach and Parent Coach (USA & International)

Licensed Psychologist (Utah)

Helping you create peace and balance

Adult Coach and Parent Coach

“When you work with a coach, your life changes by design rather than by default”  Author Unknown

Therapy (Utah)

“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it.”
Helen Keller

ABOUT GILLAN 

I am a coach for adults who are either working on their own issues or who are navigating the experience of parenting teens and/or young adults. I am also a Licensed Psychologist in the state of Utah and my Ph.D. is in Counseling Psychology from Brigham Young University.  I have invested the past 35 years in helping adults/parents and their adolescent and young adult children navigate to a place of better balance.  I offer coaching services to adults who are invested in their own growth and are determined to improve their lives and relationships.

I have been privileged to have a very fulfilling career helping individuals and families create peace and balance for the past three and a half decades. I have worked in Utah, Alaska and Virginia as a psychologist and coach.

Over the past few years, I have narrowed my focus to primarily coaching adults to help them gain balance in their individual lives, their relationship with their spouse, and in parenting their adolescents and young adults who are still finding their way. I am the owner and sole operator of a private coaching and counseling practice in Mapleton, Utah, where I live on our main floor with my wife and our geriatric pets. Our basement has evolved into a staging ground, revolving door and launching pad for our four young adult children who range in age from 19 to 28.  They are each pursuing their own paths of independence and discovery and are frequent visitors to (and
currently for three of them and their partners and pets), occasional boarders in our home.

EXPERIENCE & TRAINING

Therapy and Coaching Practice for the past 35 years

Currently, I coach adults and parents who are raising teens and launching young adults. Historically, I have been primarily a wilderness therapist and clinical director in Utah for nomadic and adventure base models. I have also been a private practice therapist, a dean of a school, a program director, a supervisor and an adjunct professor in Alaska, Utah, and Virginia.

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, Brigham Young University, 1997. Included supervised practicum at Benchmark Regional Hospital in Midvale, Utah.

Master’s Degree in Counseling and Guidance

Brigham Young University, 1990. Included supervised practicums, completed at Aspen Achievement Association, Loa, Utah and Psychological Associates, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Licensed Psychologist

Utah license number 293981-2501

COACHING

While I am a licensed psychologist in the state of Utah, I do not offer therapy services across state lines. Relational or personal coaching is different from therapy/counseling in that it’s focus is to facilitate personal and relational development, not to treat psychopathology. Therefore, when I coach, I do not diagnose or treat mental illness. Coaching also requires the capacity in the client to tolerate direct input without it overwhelming or compromising one’s general functioning.

Coaching is designed to uncover capacity and potential in the client with a focus on the client living up to his or her relational and personal potential.

If you and I, at any time, determine that coaching is not a good fit by itself (e.g. there is evidence of psychopathology and the need for therapeutic support), I will assist you in finding a suitable licensed therapist within your state to offer the services you need, either in place of our work or in addition to our work. Coaching services are not intended to diagnose or treat mental illness or replace counseling services by a licensed individual within your state.

Rate

$200 for a 50 minute session

Payment

Payment by credit card, cash or check at the time of service.

Insurance

Insurance companies do not cover coaching or consultation services, as these services are not intended to diagnose or treat psychopathology and mental illness.

Cancellation Policy

Please provide 24 hours notice. Otherwise, the client is responsible for the cost of the scheduled appointment

Format and Frequency

Coaching sessions can be conducted in person or by teleconference through an online HIPAA-compliant, encrypted platform. Webcam required.

Office Hours & Availability

Weekday daytime and evening appointments are available. Please call or email for availability.

 

Documents
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THERAPY (UTAH)

In the state of Utah, I provide individual, family, and couples counseling, primarily to adults. It has been my privilege to be immersed in therapeutic healing for the past 35 years. I believe that this work is frequently about repairing connections within and with others and sitting with pain until the pain can dissipate. You may numb from pain for a time. I see this as a wise step toward healing. At a point when you decide that you have the strength, you can sit with your pain in the compassionate presence of another. I focus on gathering your perspective of your history in relationship to significant others and your relationship with yourself.
I engage various modalities of treatment, including: a lifetime of honing my practice of trusting my intuition; trauma work; history-taking; family systems work; sitting with unpleasant feelings until they pass; repair of relationships and reintegration of fractured parts.
Broken attachments are fully resolvable within yourself and with significant others, even with a long history of chronic avoidance, even if others have passed on, even if they are still here and remain entrenched. I practice being open to the life experience of each person who has the courage to share their history with me.
Rate

$200 for a 50 minute session

Payment

Payment by credit card, cash or check at the time of service.

Insurance

While I offer therapy in the state of Utah, I do not work directly with insurance companies. Once you and I are able to uncover the nature of your concerns, if you request, I will provide a CPT code and an ICD-10 code that you can share with I will provide you with a CPT code and an ICD-10 code on an invoice that you can provide to your insurance company, and you can work directly with your insurance to determine reimbursement. The amount of reimbursement is between you and your insurance company. You are responsible to pay for the session at the time of service.

Cancellation Policy

Please provide 24 hours notice. Otherwise, the client is responsible for half the cost of the scheduled appointment

Format and Frequency

Therapy sessions can be conducted in person or by teleconference through an online HIPAA-compliant, encrypted platform. Webcam required.

Office Hours & Availability

Weekday day and evening appointments are available. Please call or email for availability.

 

Documents
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Testimonials

“I have worked professionally with Dr. Gillan Smith for nearly 10 years. I have watched many individuals, couples and families heal after years of struggling to make the progress they need and desire. He is caring, clear and capable in helping people who want to heal and achieve results to make and maintain those gains. He is who I think of when I think of referring one of my loved ones to counseling.”

Jessica Williamson

Licensed Counselor, Owner of 'Inner Peace Counseling of Utah'

“I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with Dr. Gillan Smith for nearly 30 years. He is a refreshingly compassionate and intelligent therapist and coach with keen clinical insights who can relate to anyone. He is a powerful change agent with that wonderful blend of caring directness. He is a therapist’s therapist. A great sense of humor with the ability to set you straight is what he has to offer.”

Dan Wienrich, PhD

Licensed Counselor, , Idaho

“Gillan wraps you up in his gentle manner and takes you to the dark places you didn’t know you were protecting. I have known and worked with Gillan for years and still seek him out for that deep plunge into the psyche his is SO good at. He is knowledgeable, compassionate and funny too!”

Karen Nickl, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

“Over the past fifteen years, I have worked alongside Gillan. I cannot imagine where I, or the countless number of families he has served, would be without him. He brings clarity and calm to chaos with a sense of humility unmatched by anyone I know.”

Josh Doyle

Educational and Therapeutic Consultant, Vermont

Please email me and let me know how I can support you-I look forward to connecting with you.

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