Victoria Chialy Smith, PhD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

I am a Johns Hopkins-trained licensed clinical psychologist with expertise in the cognitive behavioral treatment of depression, anxiety, mood, and stress. I specialize in maternal, child, adolescent, and adult mental health, supporting clients in navigating difficult life stressors and transitions. I also provide evidence-based psychological services for individuals coping with health conditions, including chronic pain and postpartum depression.

My approach is integrative and evidence-based, recognizing the interconnectedness between mind, body, and life experience — drawing from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and mindfulness and acceptance-based approaches to promote healing, growth, and wellness. 

I am passionate about helping clients live lives of greater authenticity, hope, and meaning by building upon their strengths and abilities to overcome challenges they may be facing. Every client I welcome is seen, heard, and met with warmth and positive regard. I work to create a safe, supportive, and nonjudgmental therapeutic environment to help clients navigate what can often be an uncertain and challenging time. 

Dr. victoria's Story

My own family life was significantly affected by bipolar disorder, a genetic illness with multiple members affected.  I understand firsthand the pain and devastation that bipolar, depression, and anxiety disorders can bring — how difficult it can be to work through periods of suffering and hopelessness, and the critical difference that therapy and support can make in healing.

Given how stigmatized mental illness is in our society, I know how important it is to openly share my story. These life experiences motivate me. They deeply inform my clinical work with clients, and inspired me to establish this practice to help others struggling with depression, bipolar, and anxiety know that hope and wellness are possible — that through darkness can come greater light, wisdom, and wholeness.

education and training

I earned my master’s and doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park, which is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). I completed predoctoral clinical training in pediatric psychology and behavioral medicine at Children's National Health Systems and in general child and adult psychology at the University of Maryland Psychology Clinic, followed by a predoctoral clinical internship at Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where I also worked as a clinician at Johns Hopkins Hospital. I then completed postdoctoral training at the National Institutes of Health. I am also the recipient of scholarships to Johns Hopkins Carey Business School to study how healthcare businesses and providers can best make a positive societal impact to foster human growth, development, and well being. I believe that businesses must serve and elevate society, and am dedicated to this mission with my practice, hope+wellness.

As a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Virginia (#0810005946), I am grateful to all the clinicians I've had the pleasure of training with, and feel honored to walk alongside and support patients through difficult journeys and events in their lives.

research

Research plays a critical role in improving and accelerating therapies for those living with depression and anxiety today. In collaboration with other scientists, I've studied and written peer-reviewed articles on maternal mental health including depression, anxiety, parenting, and life stress. I have also written extensively on child depression and mood disruption, with a risk and resilience life course perspective. This work has been published in the following scientific journals:

service

I am passionate about service, serving in various roles and capacities throughout my training and career at the university, local, national, and federal levels. Currently, I serve as the Executive Board Secretary for the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI), Northern Virginia to advance mental health awareness and support for individuals in the Falls Church, Fairfax, Loudon, Arlington, and Alexandria Northern Virginia areas. I am also proud to serve those who serve our country who are in critical need of treatment for depression, stress, anxiety, or perinatal mood disorders as a participating provider and licensed clinical psychologist in the national Give An Hour mental health program.

Organizations I support include:

  • The Blue Dot Project. Raising awareness of maternal mental health and combating stigma and shame

  • Project Semicolon. Mental health and suicide prevention because your story isn’t over yet

professional associations and memberships

American Psychological Association (APA)
Virginia Academy of Clinical Psychologists (VPA)
Northern Virginia Clinical Psychologists (NVCP)
Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)
Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA)
Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology (SSCP)
Society for the Psychology of Women
Postpartum Support International (PSI)

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