Serena Goldsmith

Carlsbad

Serena Goldsmith

LCSW

LIC NO. 100396

I believe in a whole person approach to wellness, tailored to each person's unique needs and goals, and focused on identifying and optimizing strengths. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) at Foresight and received my Master of Social Work Degree with a concentration in Behavioral Health from California State University San Marcos. Before becoming a Foresight therapist, I worked in a community-based mental health center for adults for nine years, and I also have experience doing play therapy with children and working with adults with developmental disabilities and their families. In addition to my educational and professional experience, my 30+ years of lived experience with a mood disorder and my recovery journey informs my practice in many ways, as I have a great deal of empathy, compassion, and understanding for those who are struggling with mental health issues. I bring a message of hope and high expectations for what my clients are capable of achieving. I have a passion for assisting others to overcome their challenges and reach their individual goals and optimal potentials. My specialty areas include mood disorders, anxiety disorders, body/mind/spirit wellness, stress management, anger management, personal growth, spirituality, life transitions, self-esteem, sleep disorders, and relationship issues, among others. I like to combine aspects of different therapy approaches, such as mindfulness practices, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, narrative therapy, somatic therapies, Emotional Freedom Technique/tapping, relaxation and grounding techniques, motivational interviewing, compassion-focused and person-centered therapies, and others in order to customize the treatment plan and interventions for each person. My philosophy is that we are a team, walking alongside one another on the journey, openly communicating and working together for the best possible outcomes.

Specialties

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Mood Disorders
  • Self Esteem
  • Life Transitions
  • Personal Growth
  • Sleep or Insomnia
  • ADHD
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Anger Management Issues
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Body Image (Concerns/Issues)
  • Chronic Illness
  • Chronic Pain
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Divorce
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Family Caregiving Stress
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief
  • Highly Sensitive Person
  • Impulse Control Disorders
  • Impulsivity
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Job Stress
  • LGBTQ+
  • Life Coaching
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Panic
  • Peer Relationships
  • Physical Disability
  • Psychosis and Schizophrenia
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self-Harm
  • Social Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Suicidal Ideation/Thoughts
  • Thinking Disorders
  • Trauma and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Concerns