Kate Smiley is a social worker, and currently registered by the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences as an Associate Social Worker (BBS # 71224). She received her Master’s of Social Work from the University of Southern California School of Social Work in 2010. Upon graduation, Kate was the honorary recipient of the California Society for Clinical Social Work Alexander Foundation Award for Clinical Excellence. She was also a proud member of the honor society Phi Kappa Phi and National Association of Social Workers (NASW).
Prior to joining everyBody Behavioral Health, Kate was a Primary Therapist at Montecatini, an eating disorders residential treatment center.
Kate provides a holistic approach centered on a mutual collaboration in order to assist her clients in learning how to build a healthy relationship with food. She has practiced in social work for over 12 years and specializes in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Further, she has recently introduced a newer modality for her clients called Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO DBT). RO DBT is an evidenced-based theory targeting chronic disorders such as anorexia nervosa, chronic depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety. Kate succeeds in providing a safe, compassionate, and non-judgmental space where the client can openly express and explore the underlying issues that may be causing and maintaining his/her eating disorder and other co-occurring disorders.
As a 20-year survivor of Anorexia Nervosa, Kate decided to enter the field of eating disorders and she uses her life experiences in addition to her education, training, and skills as an eating disorders therapist, to help others who suffer from the physical and emotional trauma associated with this disease.
Kate is a proud mother of two adult daughters. In her free time, Kate enjoys acting, Bikram yoga and her dogs.