Dr. Karmen Smith is a board-certified Clinical Social Worker in the state of Nevada. She has worked over 20 years for Clark County Family Services with abused and neglected children in the shelter, adolescents in juvenile detention, and adults who have suffered severe trauma. Dr. Smith is a shamanic teacher and minister of metaphysics and her doctorate is in Pastoral Counseling. Dr. Karmen has a young adult son who needed emotional support because of the police shootings in 2020. “We decided to take a road trip to the National Parks which encompassed several states. We handed out cards that said encouraging and loving quotes to random people we encountered. Our mission was to spread love everywhere. The plaque on our car stated the truth that “ LOVE IS ALL THERE IS.” My son and I made loving memories and we protected our hearts from hate.” Dr. Karmen is a non-denominational pastor and bridges spiritual teachings with psychological concepts.
“ We are living in a time where shamanism, spirituality and indigenous cultures can teach us a lot about mental health. Knowing that we are powerful beings and created to be our authentic self can infuse us with self love energy. This love frequency can offer protection when the world gets chaotic.”
— Karmen Smith
Dr. Karmen Smith received her Bachelor’s degree in Mental Health Research with a minor in Human Biology at California State University in Dominguez Hills, Fellowship from National Institutes of Health, Research internship at Cornell College in Ithaca New York (Implicit Bias-Racism Research), Master’s in Clinical Social Work with an emphasis in Child Welfare, Doctor of Divinity from the University of Metaphysics in Sedona Arizona. Licensed Minister and practitioner in Metaphysics. Trained in The Pachakuti Mesa Tradition of Shamanism with Oscar Miro Quesada (Peru).
Dr. Karmen has worked for Clark County Family Services (Child Protective Services) in Las Vegas Nevada for over 22 years. In that time she worked with several populations including abused and neglected children, foster parents, biological parents, detained juveniles, and all populations in crisis. Most of her work was in crisis management, evaluations, court reports, in-home counseling and critical incident trauma assessments. She trained probation officers and child protective services workers about trauma and how to respond with empathy. Dr. Karmen developed a spiritual and psychological model to teach trauma and healing which is in her book and workshop materials called The “I AM” Solution. She has been the annual speaker at University of Nevada, Las Vegas in the Social Work program.
Dr. Karmen has been with Talkspace since 2017 shortly after she retired from Child Welfare. Talkspace provides an opportunity to share spiritual techniques that can help with our mental health. Dr. Karmen has shared meditation videos, finding your love language instagrams, and various articles.