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Kyle Smyth

Kyle has amazing stories about life before becoming a therapist. He worked his way up in the hospitality and retail industry after dropping out of high school. During this time, he crossed paths with many people who struggled with mental health and substance use issues and became very interested in knowing more. Kyle went on to gain degrees in Photography and Philosophy before attending graduate school in the Integrated Behavioral Health program at the University of Minnesota.

Kyle has a strong commitment to providing a harm reduction approach to addiction recovery. His approach explores the desires of the client and provides support for a spectrum of outcomes, ranging from mild reduction in the use of one specific substance all the way to abstaining from all substance use.

Kyle has been trained to conceptualize substance use issues as secondary or stemming from another more "primary" issue(s).  Kyle sees clients being able to reach their substance use goals with ease once they feel their more primary issues have been addressed. He believes that helping clients identify and address these underlying causes, often mental health symptoms, can be the most rewarding part of the recovery process.

Kyle sees his role as having two overarching functions-- first to make sure that you have the information and support you need to feel safe, and second to make sure that you have the information and support you need to be happy. Kyle strongly believes it is up to you to decide what it means for you to feel safe or happy and he is here to help you get there. As a therapist who strongly believes in the importance of interpersonal relationships, he especially loves couples therapy and facilitating group therapy. Also, dad jokes.  

Kyle is warm, empathetic and actively engaged in the therapy experience. He enjoys the interactive process of helping clients identify the challenges they want to address and then finding ways to motivate them to do it. Kyle may push, poke, prod, challenge, question, theorize and test models to help you build the best tools to deal with the things you want to change. You will find Kyle brings a great balance of holding space for difficult conversations as well as building hope and connection through compassion and humor.​

People Who inspire his work:

  • Deci and Ryan (Self-Determination Theory)
  • Little and Denning (Harm Reduction Psychotherapy)
  • Aaron Beck (CBT)
  • Jordan (Relational Cultural Therapy)
  • Miller (Motivational Interviewing)
  • Rogers (Person Centered)
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