Education & Experience


B.A., Clinical Psychology, University of North Texas, Denton.

M.S., General-Experimental Psychology and Counseling (double major); M.A., Transpersonal Psychology; Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Palo Alto, CA.

Ph.D., Clinical & Transpersonal Psychology, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Palo Alto, CA.

Professional Experience

Wm Michael Smith, Ph.D., LLC • Licensed Psychologist, Private Practice, CO and CA

Longmont, CO Work with individuals, couples, families, and businesses Specialties include: anxiety and depression, trauma/post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar and schizophrenia, substance abuse, and relationship therapy. The clinical approach combines elements of behavioral, cognitive, psychodynamic, somatic, humanistic, transpersonal, EMDR, and brief therapies. Licensed in Colorado and California Private practice, 1991–present

Consultant to Long-Term Care and Rehab Facilities

Evaluate and provide the full range of psychological services to geriatric, head-injured, and chronically ill clients in long-term care and assisted living settings. Provide psychological assessments and reports Medication information Treatment Planning Emergency Services Individual and family therapy Staff training January 1999 to July 2016

President, Avalon International, Center for Executive Coaching and Organizational Development

Provided the full range of growth services to executives and companies Coaching, team building, conflict resolution, communication skills, growth strategies, and leadership training Consulted on organizational development, diversity training, and change management Consulted with all levels of executives in Silicon Valley, CA and the Front Range for thirteen years 1986 to 1999

Contract Clinical Psychologist, Center for Neurological Rehabilitation, Denver, CO

Provided a full range of psychological services to geriatric and head-injured clients in long-term care and assisted living settings Conducted in-service trainings, family consultations, and staff briefings. Provided psychological evaluations and treatment plans Worked in liaison with the treatment team 1997–2000

Co-Chair, Transpersonal Counseling Psychology Department, Naropa Institute, Boulder, CO

Responsible for sharing the administrative duties of coordinating and running all aspects of the department Held positions on Institute-wide committees Taught classes to graduate students and interns in basic and advanced counseling skills, mind/body healing, transformational psychology, addictions, and clinical internship supervision 1996–97

Faculty Member, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Palo Alto, CA Teaching in the Ph.D., M.A., and Global degree programs Designed, introduced, and taught the Body Oriented Psychology program Courses taught include: Proseminar in Somatic Psychology, Mind/Body Healing, Principles of Mindfulness, Intensive Journal Process, Clinical Skills, Optimal Wellness, Vipassana Meditation, Overview of Body Therapies-basic and advanced, Psychology of the Body, Breathwork, Buddhist Meditation and Psychotherapy, Process-Oriented Psychotherapy, and others 1983–1996

Clinical Coordinator, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Palo Alto, CA Coordinated internship sites and placements Advised students concerning courses and internships Investigated and counseled students regarding ethical violations Revised institutional clinical guidelines 1992–1993

CO-Founder/Administrative Coordinator for the Global Degree Program at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology Lead role in the creation and administration of the Global Program Designed and executed the residential intensives Handled all marketing and program development Produced the curriculum 1983–1986

Guest lecturer at Stanford University, San Jose State University, Santa Clara University, and Foot Hill College Year-long Fellowship in Human Development at San Jose State. Lectured in various topics in clinical/transformational psychology and human development 1985–1986

Counselor, Second Offender Responsible Driver Program, Occupational Health Services, Redwood City, CA Conducted weekly group therapy sessions and individual sessions for D.U.I. second offenders' Taught principles of recovery, dangers of intoxication, effects on health and relationships, and methods of restitution 1985–1986

Counselor, San Mateo Receiving Home, a group home for juveniles, ages eight to eighteen, San Mateo, CA Crisis and adjustment counseling with court placed juveniles; both individual and group Supervised activities of daily living Managed runaway and violent residents Worked in liaison with social workers, psychiatrists, and police 1983–1984

Staff Therapist, Center for Counseling and Developmental Services, Ft. Worth, TX Training and supervision in individual, couples, family, and group therapy Co-lead groups for both individuals and couples 1980–1981

Unit Psychologist, Denton State School, a residential institute for the developmentally disabled and mentally ill, Denton, TX Responsibilities included the delivery of the full range of psychological services to 250 plus patients in eight buildings Hired and supervised a staff of fourteen and was an acting unit director in my manager’s absence Psychometric evaluations, report writing, and presentations Designed and implemented sophisticated behavioral programs Taught behavior therapy to staff and parents, providing individual and family counseling, heading the school's psychiatric emergency team and serving on several committees; member of a six-person statewide committee chosen to write the behavioral care, aggressive client management, and treatment guidelines for all residents and MHMR institutions in the state of Texas. 1974–75 & 1976–1981

Chief Therapist, Schick Center for the Control of Smoking and Weight, Houston, TX Custom tailored the individual behavioral therapy programs for smoking and weight loss clients Wrote therapy guidelines for both the weight loss and smoking cessation programs for the corporate office Lead educational groups 1975–1976 Behavior Therapy Internship, Center for Behavioral Studies, Denton, TX Extensive training and supervision in sophisticated behavioral technology with Dr. Donald Whaley, a nationally recognized expert in the field of behavior therapy Client population included adults, juveniles, pre-schoolers, and autistic children; many with dual diagnoses 1971–1973

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