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I have been a licensed psychologist for over 17 years. I maintain a private practice in Dallas, Texas. My main area of focus is working with adults who have anxiety disorders such as "panic attacks", social anxiety, OCD, and generalized anxiety. I also do performance enhancement for athletes and executives.

I am a solution focused, cognitive behavioral psychologist. My therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. With compassion and understanding, I work with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.

Education
Doctorate in Educational Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin

License, Certifications & Awards
Licensed Psychologist
Licensed Specialist in School Psychology

Additional Training
Geropsychology
Motivational Interviewing

Professional Activities and Memberships
Member of the American Psychological Association

Before I became a licensed psychologist, I was a professional tennis player for 14 years. Listed below are my 10 Grand Slam Championship titles, awards and achievements, publications, and presentations.

PROFESSIONAL TENNIS PLAYING EXPERIENCE

Grand Slam Doubles Titles (Total 10)
Wimbledon Doubles Champion - 1980, Mixed Doubles - 1982 
United States Open Doubles Champion – 1981, Mixed Doubles 1981 & 1982
French Open Doubles Champion - 1980 & 1982, Mixed Doubles 1980 & 1984
Australian Open Doubles Champion – 1980

Highest Rankings
Ranked #1 in the World in Doubles in 1980 & 1981
Ranked #12 in the World in Singles in 1982

Awards & Achievements
Recipient of the International Tennis Hall Of Fame Educational Merit Award 2017

Sport Psychology Coach for Southern Methodist University Womens Tennis Team 2012, 2013
United States Open Invitational Mixed Doubles Champion in 2006, 2007, 2008

Nominated by the USTA, Dr. Smith is the recipient of the 2009 United States Olympic Committee’s “Doc” Counsilman Science Award for her contributions in the areas of sports psychology and mental training
Mental training consultant for Harvard University’s women’s tennis team in 2006 when they broke into the Top 10 for the first time and achieved their highest national ranking.
WTA Doubles Team of the Year in 1980 (With Kathy Jordan)
Member of Wightman Cup and Federation Cup Teams
35-and-Over United States Open Doubles Champion in 1997
35-and-Over Wimbledon Doubles Champion in 1996 & 1997
First American to win the French Open Junior Singles Title
Enshrined into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1993
Coach of the WTT Boston Lobsters – 2005, 2006, 2007


Presentations
OASIS at Warm Springs, San Antonio, Texas (October 2011) “Winning at Any Age” 
USPTA Florida Convention, Club Med (June 2011) “GRAND SLAM DOUBLES SEMINAR: Effective Coaching, Winning Strategies, and Drills for Club Teams”
USPTA Missouri Valley Conference, Kansas City (February2010) “MACH 4® Mental Training: A System for Coaches and Players”
USPTA Intermountain Division Convention and High School Coaches Workshop, Denver, Colorado (February 2010) “MACH 4® Mental Training: A System for Coaches and Players”
USPTA World Conference on Tennis, Marco Island, Florida (September 2009) “MACH 4® Mental Training: A System for Coaches and Players “
Chicago Tennis Workshop, Chicago, Illinois (January 2009) “MACH 4® Mental Training System On-Court”
USTA Presentation to High Performance Coaches, Boca Raton, Florida (May 2008) “MACH 4® Mental Training System”
BNY-Mellon Bank, Boston, Massachusetts (December 2007) “Control the Mind to Win”
USTA Tennis Teachers Conference, New York, New York (August 2007) “MACH 4® Mental Training System: Control the Mind, Control the Court”
USPTA Southwest District Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona (May 2007) “MACH 4® Mental Training System: Control Your Mind to Win”
USPTA Competitive Player Development Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada (February 2007) “Conquer Your Mind, Conquer the Court”
USPTA Missouri Valley Divisional Conference, Kansas City, Missouri (February 2007) “MACH 4® Mental Training System”
Junior Parents Meeting, Kiwanis Recreation Center, Tempe, Arizona, (January 2007) “Mental Training Before, During and After Matches”
USTA Hawaii Tennis Block Party, Honolulu, Hawaii (October 2006 ) “MACH 4® Mental Training System”
USPTA Hawaii Divisional Convention, Honolulu, Hawaii (October 2006) “MACH 4® Mental Training System”
Power Women in Business Conference, Glendale, Arizona (October 2006) “Strategies for Creating a Winning Work Environment”
San Antonio Country Club, San Antonio, Texas (September 2006) MACH 4® Tennis and Golf Clinics
Women’s Interclub Tennis League Luncheon, Keynote Speaker Tempe, Arizona (May 2006)
Indiana State High School Tennis Convention, Indianapolis, Indiana (February 2006) “Coaching Player’s Minds to Win”
Indiana State Tennis Hall of Fame Dinner, Keynote Speaker, Indianapolis, Indiana (February 2006)
USTA Northern Section Regional Community Tennis Development Workshop, Minneapolis, Minnesota (November 2005) “Coaching Player’s Minds to Win”
USTA Northern Sectional Regional Community Tennis Development Workshop, Keynote Speaker, Minneapolis, Minnesota (November 2005)
USPTA Mid-Atlantic Divisional Convention, Williamsburg, Virginia (March 2005) “Coaching and Managing Competitive Teams: Cueing for Great Results”
USPTA World Conference on Tennis, La Quinta California (September 2004) “Grand Slam Doubles II: Winning Strategies and Drills for Club Teams”
USPTA Tri Division Convention, USTA National Tennis Center, Flushing Meadows, New York (May 2004)
USPTA New England Division Winter Conference, Wheaton, Massachusetts (February 2004) “Grand Slam Doubles: Drills and Strategy for Club Level Players”
USPTA World Conference on Tennis, Hollywood, Florida (September 2003) “Grand Slam Doubles, Presented by the USPTA Women’s Committee”
National Collegiate Athletic Association CHAMPS/Life Skills Conference, Atlanta, Georgia (October 1998)
United States Figuring Skating Association Regional Training Camp, Austin, Texas (June 1998)
South-Central Regional Student Sport and Exercise Psychology Symposium, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas (November 1997)
23rd Annual Symposium on Sports Science, The University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, Texas (August 1996)

PUBLICATIONS
Stark, K.D. & Smith, A. (1995). Cognitive and behavioral treatment of depression. In H. vanBilsen & P. Engelen (Eds.).Cognitive Behavior Therapies and Applied Behavior Analysis with Children and Adolescents. New York: Plenum Press.
MACH 4® Mental Training System: A Handbook for Coaches, Athletes, and Parents
MACH 4® Mental Training System Tennis Workbook
MACH 4® Mental Training System Tennis Handbook and Workbook II for Coaches, Parents, and Players 
GRAND SLAM: Coach Your Mind to Win in Sports, Business, and Life

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