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Andrew Smith, Psy.D., L.P.

Licensed Psychologist & Athletics Liaison


Education & Training

I received my Psy.D. and M.A. in Clinical Psychology from William James College in Newton, Massachusetts and completed a doctoral internship at Stony Brook University in New York. Following internship, I completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Psychology at UCLA, where I also received training related to sport psychology and student-athlete mental health. My graduate training was grounded in psychodynamic theory, as well as mindfulness and DBT perspectives.

Current Roles

My role at the counseling center includes conducting individual and group therapy and supervising doctoral and practicum students. As the Athletics Liaison, half of my time is dedicated to providing psychological services, consultation and outreach for UNC Athletics. I work with student-athletes on issues related to adjustment to college athletics, general mental health and athletic performance concerns as well. I work closely with the athletic training staff and facilitate several groups including Bears Strong, Injury Recovery, and Life After Athletics.

Therapeutic & Supervision Approaches

My approach to therapy is fundamentally client centered and humanistic. I think of my role as facilitating growth rather than dictating how one should or should not live. My approach is also grounded in psychodynamic and relational theories that explore one’s past and present relationships, feelings, strengths and experiences with the goal of increasing self-awareness and developing healthy and effective changes in life. I also utilize behavioral and solution focused interventions related to anxiety management, emotion regulation and sports performance. 

As supervisor I work from a similarly humanistic and supervisee focused stance. As a trainee, my favorite supervisors always demonstrated a level of trust and genuine interest in my abilities and perspectives and fostered my unique development as a clinician. I hope to do the same in my role as a supervisor in order to help trainees find their voice and develop confidence as clinicians.

Clinical Interests

My clinical interests are always evolving and changing but currently include psychodynamic and object relations theories, existential therapy, relational and interpersonal group therapy, power and privilege, feminist theory, diversity and multicultural concerns, sport psychology and sport performance, families and systems, Jungian therapy, personality disorders, complex trauma, men’s issues, and young-adult mental health and wellness.

About Me

I grew up outside of Boston, MA (Go Patriots!) and ran Division 1 track and cross country at the University of Connecticut (UConn). Running and physical activity continue to be a significant part of my life, but mercifully only for leisure, relaxation and overall well-being. I’m the adoring owner of a lovely dog and cat named Phoebe and Fern who provide endless entertainment and balance when I need it most. I have always wanted to live in Colorado so I’m happy to finally call it home.