Brian J. Smith, PsyD

770-953-4744 ext. 44
, Licensed Psychologist
Marietta (Tuesdays, Thursdays)
South Forsyth (Wednesdays)
Buckhead (Mondays, Fridays)

Treatment Philosophy

I view psychotherapy not only as intervention, but also as prevention of the development of future problems through improved self-understanding and skill-building. The interpersonal nature of therapy creates a great opportunity for you to gain insight into yourself as an individual who is shaped in the context of relationships and to develop the ability to live life to the fullest outside of therapy. I find great fulfillment in walking alongside individuals, couples, and families during their time of need and in aiding them in achieving the change they seek in their lives.

In particular, I have a strong passion for helping couples (i.e., dating, pre-marital/engaged, and married) to grow in intimacy and the ability to successfully navigate challenges as they arise. I am trained in administering the Prepare-Enrich Couples Relationship Assessment, and at times utilize this as a tool to identify strengths and growth areas in your relationship. Couples therapy is then tailored to your areas of growth and concerns.

I feel that it is a tremendous privilege to be allowed into the inner workings of your life and in turn, honor that trust with humility, respect, and a readiness to meet you where you are as you begin therapy. Clients often report that they find it easy to feel comfortable around me and enjoy my warm, thoughtful and caring nature, as well as my sense of humor.

Upon request, I offer a faith-sensitive approach to integrate clinical treatment interventions with Christian faith perspective. During your initial session, we will explore your expectations and preferences if you are interested in this approach. At the same time, I welcome the opportunity to work with clients from any religious or cultural background, as well as those who do not have religious beliefs. I am committed to respecting the beliefs of all my clients and am happy to discuss the importance of other faith perspectives in your life as well.

Who I work with:

  • Adults
  • Couples
  • Parents
  • Families
  • Children
  • Teenagers
  • College Students

What I Can Help You With:


  • Depression and sadness
  • Low self-esteem/self-confidence
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Worries & fears
  • Social Anxiety
  • Panic/Anxiety attacks
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Relationship issues
  • Family of origin issues
  • Assertiveness skills & boundary setting
  • Anger management skills
  • Social difficulties
  • Social skills
  • Grief & loss
  • Transitioning after divorce
  • Transitioning after end of dating relationship
  • Work-related issues
  • Relationship-related issues (dating, family & friendship)
  • Personal growth, increased insight & self-understanding
  • Considering difficult decisions


  • Enriching your couples relationship experience
  • Improved relational intimacy
  • Communication & listening skills
  • Conflict reduction & resolution skills
  • Problem solving skills as a couple
  • Resolving difficult issues
  • Repairing relationships & rebuilding trust after emotional and sexual affairs

Pre-Marital Couples:

  • Assessment of your relationship strengths and areas of growth through the Prepare/Enrich Assessment (see link below for more info)
  • Pre-marital counseling tailored to your relationship
  • In addition to above couple-enhancing aspects of therapy, skills directly chosen to improve areas of growth and set your marriage up for success


  • Parenting skills to address your child’s oppositional/disruptive behavior and other behavior difficulties
  • Resolving family conflict & developing conflict management skills to prevent future family conflict
  • Improved communication & family closeness
  • Repairing damaged relationships
  • Transitioning after divorce, separation, and re-marriage
  • Co-parenting in a blended family
  • Co-parenting effectively with motivated other parent of child following divorce/separation

Children, Adolescents, and College Students:

  • Depression & sadness
  • Low self-esteem/self-confidence
  • Anxiety & stress
  • Worries & fears
  • Social anxiety
  • Panic/Anxiety attacks
  • Performance anxiety
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Relationship issues
  • Family of origin issues
  • Assertiveness skills & boundary setting
  • Anger management skills
  • Social difficulties
  • Being bullied
  • Social skills
  • Traumatic grief & loss
  • Transitioning after parental divorce, separation or re-marriage
  • Transitioning after end of dating relationship
  • Relationship-related issues (dating & friendship)
  • Conflict with siblings/sibling rivalry
  • Conflict with parents
  • Transitioning after moving or changing schools
  • Transitioning to middle school, junior high, high school or college
  • Failure to launch after high school or college

Present and Past Professional Involvement

  • Georgia Psychological Association
  • Georgia Psychological Association Board Member, Co-Chair of Early Career Psychologists committee, 2012-2013
  • American Association of Christian Counselors
  • Society for Christian Psychology


  • Selected for Georgia Psychological Association Leadership Training Program (2012)

Other things to note:

  • I am in network for nearly all plans for both Aetna and Blue Cross/Blue Shield (please see below for a listing of specific plans)
  • I see self-pay clients, and offer a reduced fee scale for clients who are financially unable to pay my standard rate
  • I frequently work with clients whose plans have out-of-network benefits as an out-of-network provider. With this, clients are reimbursed directly from their insurance provider after payment. Upon request, I happily provide more information on how to look into this option.
  • I schedule appointments on the hour between the hours of 8 AM and 3 PM.


  • Private practice, Powers Ferry Psychological Associates, LLC
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Outpatient Center, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Children’s Institute, Inc., Los Angeles, California


  • Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology, Graduate School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, Graduate School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California
  • Bachelor of Arts, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama

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