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  • About Tiffany Smith

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    Who I am

    Hi, my name is Tiffany (she/her/hers). I am a licensed clinical social worker, registered yoga teacher, and CEO/Owner of Root to Thrive Integrative Healing. I want you to know that I see you sis! You may be thinking, how does she know me and she doesn’t even know me?! I am passionate about working with Black women who experience high functioning depression and anxiety, “Superwoman Syndrome,” or perfectionism-whatever you want to call it-because I’ve been there too. Through my own journey in therapy and with yoga I have made it to this newest imperfect version of me, Tiffany 3.5 (all my Insecure fans will catch the reference 😉). For me, yoga has helped me to get out of my head and into my body and the present moment. I never knew how much I was missing when I was consumed by the “What if’s,” “Should’s,” planning, ruminating, and replaying back what I said and they said, and often being in a state of anger. Yoga has also allowed me to develop the gifts of patience, curiosity, and compassion. I bring those gifts, along with my humor, teaching, and a sprinkle of curse words into the therapy room.
    My heart is committed to helping you cultivate your most authentic self, set boundaries, find self-love and self-compassion, communicate your needs and wants, and be here now. I am so proud of you for wanting to become more of who you are. While I can’t change you because only you can do that, I am honored to help support you in that.

    My approach

    “Transform your life through the power of mind and body”

    Difficult life experiences, especially those that occur in early in life, are carried in the body as patterns of tension referred to as somatic “armoring” (Schwartz, 2021). Bottom up techniques like somatic psychotherapy, yoga, breathwork, and meditation work through the body to change the brain, improve self-regulation, regulate your nervous system, and increase your awareness of emotions, sensations, thoughts, and behavior. Top down approaches like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and traditional talk therapy engage the mind to change the brain.

    Somatic psychotherapy

    “Somatic” means relating to the body, and somatic therapy draws on emotions, thoughts, and bodily sensations to release the psychological and physiological effects of trauma, stress, anxiety, and depression. Through mindful, non-judgmental curiosity you can begin to connect with your body to regulate and respond more effectively to yourself and others.

    Therapeutic Yoga 

    “Invite your body to the healing process”

    Therapeutic yoga is less interested in the anatomy or look of a pose. Instead, key components of therapeutic yoga include creating an internal environment that feels emotionally and physically safe. This can be achieved through the physical practice (asanas), breathwork (pranayama), meditation (dhyana), mindfulness (pratyahara and dharana), intention setting, mantras, and chanting.

    General Effects of Yoga:

    • Reduction in health problems such as headaches, backaches, stomachaches, IBS, high blood pressure
    • Improved quality of sleep
    • Improved memory, focus, and productivity
    • Reduction in stress, anxiety, depression, and trauma symptoms
    • Increases your self esteem




    CBT helps you recognize the relationship between your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. CBT assists in replacing distorted or distressing thoughts with more accurate and positive beliefs.

    When I’m not wearing my therapist hat…

    I enjoy reading, spending time with my partner and two dogs, walking outside, listening and dancing to music (Beyonce has snatched my soul right now), listening to my favorite podcasts, doing yoga and meditating.


    Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical (Maryland) #21851

    Board Approved Supervisor (Maryland)

    Registered Yoga Teacher, Yoga Centric, Bel Air, MD


    University of Maryland School of Social Work, 2016

    Master of Social Work

    Inspirational Quotes

    “When perfectionism is driving us, shame is riding shotgun and fear is the annoying backseat driver!”

    - Brené Brown

    “Don’t be shy about asking for help. It doesn’t mean you’re weak, it only means you’re wise.”


    “Constant growth is not just part of nature, but part of your nature. Even if you can’t see it, you’re always growing, like a majestic tree reaching toward the sun.”

    - The Calm App, Daily Jay, Jay Shetty

    “Our mind is a garden, our thoughts are the seeds, you can grow flowers or you can grow weeds.”

    - Ritu Ghatoure

    “Shame makes us small, go silent, or disappear. Shame arises from the wish to be loved. Reclaiming the wish to be loved is often the most courageous act for many people on the path to self-compassion.”

    -Chris Germer, Ph. D.

    “Transformation does not involve creating a better you, in entails discovering the sacred within and cultivating capacities to be life-loving, intentional, and thoughtful.”

    -Mary & Nick NurrieStearns

    Are you ready to take the first step?