Brian Smothers


Brian Smothers, Psy.D.
Core Faculty

B.A. Samford University, 2001
M.A. Counseling Psychology, Boston College, 2004
Psy.D. Clinical Psychology, Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology, 2010

Dr. Smothers is a graduate of WSPP. Dr. Smothers completed a predoctoral internship at the Danielsen Institute at Boston University and postdoctoral fellowships at Tufts University Counseling and Mental Health Services and the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis. Dr. Smothers’ training as a psychotherapist included several years in community mental health, working with survivors of complex sexual trauma. Dr. Smothers is currently in the private practice of psychodynamic psychotherapy and is involved in supervision and teaching at WSPP.

At WSPP, Dr. Smothers is currently teaching Child Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Practicum, Psychotherapy Practicum and Diversity Issues in Clinical Practice. His approach to psychotherapy is contemporary psychoanalytic and relational.  In his work as a psychotherapist, Dr. Smothers views the therapeutic relationship as not only the context, but as an important part of the healing process.  Dr. Smothers’ current clinical interest include: psychoanalytic theory; men’s issues; trauma; clinical supervision; interplay of philosophy, spirituality, depth-oriented psychotherapy. In addition to his teaching responsibilities at WSPP, Dr. Smothers also provides on-going clinical supervision of psychotherapy and assessment cases. Dr. Smothers enjoys helping students with difficult cases, especially when the process of psychotherapy appears to be ‘stuck.’