Ray SmithRaySmith

Dr. Ray Smith integrates theology and psychology as an ordained Presbyterian minister as well as a licensed mental health counselor and an adjunct professor of counselors in Spokane, Washington.

  • Private Practice Pragmatics: Needs

    Aug 31, 2016
    If you’re interested in a successful private practice, you are probably driven by some legitimate personal and professional needs. In Maslow’s famous hierarchy of needs, he described our basic needs for physical care of our bodies and security or safety, then our psychological needs for belonging and self-esteem, and only after those are satisfied, self-fulfillment needs for self-actualization and achieving our potential.
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  • Private Practice Pragmatics: Structure

    Aug 29, 2016
    To enter into private practice requires us to make a decision on what kind of business we are entering: sole proprietor, non-profit organization, limited liability partnership with others, or professional services corporation.
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  • Private Practice Pragmatics: Math Lesson

    Aug 24, 2016
    Before making the leap into private practice, you might want to do a little arithmetic to make an informed decision.
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  • Private Practice Pragmatics: Clues

    Aug 22, 2016
    You may have played the old board game named “Clue.” The goal as a pretend detective was to discover the evidence of the person, place and murder weapon to convict who did the crime. In the new game named “My Private Practice,” you look for real life clues during your assessments and interviews. The goals are different: help the clients, their families and communities.
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  • Private Practice Pragmatics: Risk

    Aug 16, 2016
    I used to teach Active Parenting, and one of the many good ideas in that curriculum is the definition of courage as taking a known risk for a known reward. Almost everyone wants a level of certainty and security in their lives, so overcoming the fear of the unknown and the fear of failure requires some courage as well as some risk taking.
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