Therapists in Charlotte & Matthews
Yetman Counseling Services was founded by Kristy Yetman and Desmond Smith. After several years of marriage, we decided to pursue training as psychotherapists with the goal of opening a practice and working together to improve people's understanding of themselves and their relationships with one another.
Kristy Yetman, LPCA
I am passionate about helping people get to know themselves more deeply and to find opportunities for growth in all circumstances. After moving to the United States from Canada over a decade ago, I earned my Master's in Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC). I believe deeply in the process of therapy and feel strongly that all of our experiences hold potential for growth and insight.
As a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA), I am able to see adults, children, couples, and families. I offer a compassionate and understanding perspective in an environment that values your confidentiality.
I have specialized training and experience in working with children. My Bachelor's degree focused on Child & Family Development and, in addition to my Masters, I completed a certificate in Play Therapy from UNCC. A great deal of my career thus far has focused on working with children that are experiencing difficulties, trauma, or other issues.
My approach to therapy is collaborative and highly values what each individual brings to the therapy experience. Depending on the issues you choose to discuss, we will consider many different solutions as well as explore how your experiences in the past may have contributed to these. These perspectives may include cultural messages, faith community messages, family traditions, and more.
Areas of Interest
- Child & Adult Anxiety
- Parent/Child Relationships
- Sibling Relationships
- Relational Communication
Ready to Make a Change?
If you are ready to begin the life-changing process of therapy, please begin by requesting an appointment below.
Desmond Smith, LMFTA
At the heart of what people do, I believe, is a deep desire for meaning and connection. Meaning is about knowing that what you do has a purpose and connection helps us to feel that we are not alone – that we matter to those we love. These two ideas are coupled together so that when our sense of meaning is strongest we have the ability to make our deepest connections. When we are deeply connected, we are more likely feel a satisfying sense of purpose.
My work is rooted in understanding how these two ideas interact in our lives. We approach these questions holistically, considering how our own experiences, our relationships with others, our history, and even our biology might impact our sense of well-being.
I received my Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy from Pfeiffer University in Charlotte, NC. Currently, I am Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Associate (LMFTA) in the state of North Carolina. My training has involved various approaches to therapy including working one-on-one with individuals, collaboratively with couples, and even with entire families dealing with internal conflicts or disruption. In addition to working through an experience anxiety or depression, there are many other reasons to engage in therapy. For individuals, this might mean processing a lack of satisfaction with a career or discussing what it means when systems of faith or meaning no longer seem to work. Couples often come to therapy to learn how to more effectively communicate or to heal after the experience of infidelity. In families, therapy can often help with issues ranging from discipline to processing how to effectively support a child who identifies as LGBTQ.
Each of these scenarios, I believe, impacts all of us in different ways. We will work collaboratively to understand these issues on a deep level in order to work towards an effective resolution. We will work to share our perspectives and to understand and express our own needs. We will work towards a deeper sense of well-being by enhancing our connection with others and understanding that we truly matter.
I look forward to the opportunity to work with you.
Areas of Interest
- Relationship Enrichment
- Child & Adult Anxiety
- Adolescent adjustment
- Family Therapy
- Loss/Questioning of Faith
I am now accepting new clients and would love to work with you, your partner, or your family.