Why People Seek Therapy


Many people seek therapy to overcome difficulties solving and managing emotional, mental, and sexual challenges in life. They often seek a stronger sense of identity, a greater sense of security, and a clearer sense of purpose. They want to feel better and want their lives to be better.

With therapy, clients discover more about themselves and the factors that affect the quality of their lives. Clients learn valuable self-control and self-acceptance skills, in addition to building a greater capacity for interpersonal communication.

Why You Should Choose S.M.I.L.E


Dr. East offers the loving support and professional direction needed to make powerful changes in your quality of life.

While you are in full control of what you want to accomplish in therapy, Dr. East provides the tools and guidance to make your self-improvement goals real and attainable. The only requirements for success are honesty and trust. Dr. East will meet you where you are, guide you to where you want to be, and, ultimately, help you accomplish your goals.

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“When you go into a session with Dr. East, it’s not like what you see in the movies. She is very interactive and very much listens intensively. Not only does Dr. East allows me to vent…she also gives me steps on how to get through my every day struggles. Some days are harder than others to get thru, but I know…no matter what…Dr. East’s coping methods are slowly getting me thru this beautiful thing called life.“

D. Miller

S.M.I.L.E. therapy options

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The content on this site is for informational purposes only and is not meant to be a substitute for psychological, medical, legal or other professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. For issues concerning mental health, you are invited to schedule an appointment with Dr. East or her team. S.M.I.L.E. is focused on assisting individuals and families with many challenges from, overcoming everyday stressors, to healing from traumatic events.

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