Assistant Clinical Director
With a passion for helping others within the psychological field, Briana Smith currently acts as the Assistant Clinical Director at Reconnect. Previous to becoming the Assistant Clinical Director, Briana managed a team of fifteen Resident Advisors at the residential facility while supporting them with scheduling, personal therapeutic processes and individual training.
Briana currently works at Outpatient, where she assists the clinical director by managing crises, supporting clients and clinicians in between sessions and co-facilitating groups.
Briana has dedicated her professional life to helping at-risk groups receive the mental health services they need to live happy, productive lives, including troubled youths, survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, and individuals with anger management issues.
Her journey in the mental health field began at YMCA OZ, where, as a Resident Supervisor, her passion for working in residential treatment developed through her work in crisis management, planning transitions in life, and promoting self-advocacy.
These skills served her well as she went on to provide in-school mental health services and crisis interventions to high school students, implement treatment plans for foster youth in transitional housing programs, and facilitate therapy groups for middle school girls at the Counseling Partners of Los Angeles, Olive Crest, and Save Our Youth organizations, respectively.
Briana also has experience working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, both teens and adults, through the Coalition for Family Harmony, where she co-facilitated support groups, advocated for clients’ needs and collaborated with law enforcement and child protective services.
Briana utilizes a trauma-informed, client-centered approach to treatment. This is expressed during sessions in her ability to understand the difference between the words a client may express and what they really mean to help clients get to the core root of the problem. Simultaneously, she utilizes solution-focused therapy to aide her clients in reaching the next step of life.
Briana Smith holds a B.A. in Therapeutic and Community Psychology and
Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Point Loma Nazarene University, an M.A. in Clinical Psychology (with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy) from Pepperdine University and a M.A. in Education-School Counseling from Alliant International University.
Lastly, Briana has been named the “Champion” of Skip-Bo and Rumikub and enjoys playing these games with the clients.