Dr. Debi Smith

Christ Follower. Psychologist.
Writer. Teacher. Dancer.
Hopeful Romantic.
Warrior.

Your Life exists in the Battle between Two Kingdoms.

The Lord created the 1st Couple in His Image. He put them in charge of everything. But Adam stood by while his wife had a conversation with a snake.

Adam and Eve entered the battle by listening to the wrong voice.

The enemy’s only tactic is a lie. It’s all he’s ever had. Since the beginning of Creation. He take us out of commission … renders us ineffective in and for the Kingdom … by pitting man and woman against one another. (Genesis 3)

My Mission

The Lord has entrusted with a Mission: to interfere with the enemy’s attempts to kill, steal, and destroy by helping couples learn to walk in the Abundant Life Jesus promised (John 10:10).

And that’s why I’m so passionate about helping couples and single adults discover the best ways to apply biblical principles and the findings of scientific research to everyday life.

My Professional Qualifications

biola_alumni_associationI’m a California Licensed Psychologist (PSY21711) who is passionate about helping Christian couples and single adults find effective ways to apply biblical principles and the findings of scientific research to their everyday lives.

I earned my Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) degree, with a Minor in Applied Theology, at Rosemead School of Psychology-Biola University. I also completed an Externship in Emotionally-Focused Therapy for Couples in Houston, Texas.

As a Trainer for Prepare-Enrich Assessment & Skill Building Programs, I have assisted the development of a number of Marriage Ministries in churches throughout Southern California.

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Churches where I’ve served …
2007-2014 Mariners Church – Irvine Marriage Ministry Team
Prepare-Enrich Training for Pastors
Couples Event at Camp Pendleton
Referral source for Couples
2005-2007 Orange County Worship Center
(Now Orange County First Assembly)
Director of Counseling Ministry
Professional Counseling Experience
2007-present OC Christian Counseling Executive Director
Licensed Psychologist
Researcher, Psychology of Men & Relationships
2005-2007 Vision Quest Psychological Services Post-Doctoral Psychological Assistant
2002-2003 University of Kansas
Counseling and Psychological Services
Pre-Doctoral Intern
2001-2002 Prototypes/Intercommunity Alternatives Network
Day Rehabilitation Program
Clinician
2001 BHC Alhambra Hospital Program Therapist
2001 Fighting for Your Marriage: Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP) Couples Coach
1999-2001 Hacienda/La Puente Unified School District Interventionist (School Counselor)
1998-2002 Biola Counseling Center Staff Therapist
1998 Mountain View School District Psychology Extern
Teaching Experience
2004-2010 Biola University
Rosemead School of Psychology
Biola Organizational Leadership Development
Adjunct Professor for
Graduate & Undergraduate Courses
2002-2010 Azusa Pacific University
Department of Undergraduate Psychology
Adjunct Professor (half-time Faculty)
2003 MidAmerica Nazarene University
Department of Undergraduate Psychology
Adjunct Professor

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