Charles Smith, PhD

A portrait of Chuck Smith.



Dr. Charles Smith is a clinical faculty supervisor at Bastyr Center for Natural Health, where he provides care in counseling and clinical psychology. He also is chair of the Bastyr University Department of Counseling and Health Psychology.

Clinical Interests:

Dr. Smith's clinical interests include psychosynthesis, spiritual psychologies, anxiety, depression, meditation, career counseling and life-purpose work.

Healing Philosophy:

Dr. Smith's personal healing philosophy is that healing comes from the Higher Self and is often a matter of removing obstacles to the free flow of the higher energies. He believes that life is purposeful, even when we do not understand the current purpose of events.

Past Experience:

After completion of his PhD program, Dr. Smith was director of counseling at the University of St Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. He subsequently served as director for counseling and career services, health services, and wellness and disability services at St. Thomas before becoming the assistant vice president for student affairs and founding director of the Work/Life Center for alumni and graduate students.

Dr. Smith also taught in its psychology department for more than 15 years. After 17 years at the University of St Thomas, he moved to St. Cloud State University as director of psychological services and of the Learning Center. Before coming to Bastyr, he was a staff psychologist at the State Mental Health Service in Carson City, Nevada, and served as psychological consultant at Sierra Family Health Service, the nonprofit health clinic for the Carson City area.

Education & Affiliations:

Dr. Smith earned his doctorate in counseling psychology at Ball State University, his master of arts in psychology at Pepperdine University and his bachelor of arts in psychology at Pacific Christian College.

Watch Dr. Smith present a lecture titled, "Overcoming Depression and Anxiety.":