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Full Living: A Psychotherapy Practice

Offices through-out Philadelphia and Greater Philadelphia Pennsylvania

Full Living: A Psychotherapy Practice, guided by founder/director Karen L. Smith, MSS, LCSW, lives up to the high standards and expectations that guide the Center City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based practice’s exceptional team of seasoned therapists.

Full Living specializes in making meaningful matches between clients and therapists. Besides the obvious considerations of clients' stated needs, Full Living also takes into consideration personality and style. As a team, Full Living offers psychotherapists who have a wide range of training, education, specialties, and approaches. With the additional consideration of personality, Full Living feels confident in its ability to find every client a great match.

In addition to providing quality psychotherapy, we at Full Living prioritize cultural competence. We additionally support gender and sexuality diversity and provide a safe environment for transgender, non-binary, kink, and polyamorous clients. LGBTQI sensitivities and cultural competencies can’t be taught. They’re built on an open mind and compassion for all people, a quality that defines every clinician at Full Living.

Full Living offers individual, couples, family, and group therapies for adults, teens, and children. The clinicians, who are conveniently located at various locations throughout Philadelphia and the Greater Philadelphia area, customize each client’s care, including helping them connect to other needed services such as psychiatry, psychological testing, and nutritional counseling.

There are a multitude of issues that bring people into psychotherapy. Sometimes it’s a mood or diagnostic issue, like depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorders, or eating disorders, but it can just as frequently be issues like low self-esteem, an existential crisis, or a life circumstance you need help thinking through. 

Below are examples of the types of issues you might bring to therapy which our therapists offer as specialties:

  • Challenges and opportunities of young adulthood
  • Cultural, religious, racial, economic, and ethnicity-based themes
  • Early intervention for the new family
  • Mood and behavior management
  • Parenting issues and education
  • Sexual and gender diversity
  • Emotional growth
  • Life transitions
  • Trauma, addictions, and recovering

Each prospective client receives a free initial consultation with Full Living’s director/founder, who leverages her decades in this field and intimate knowledge of each Full Living clinician to personally select a well-matched therapist. To schedule a free intake appointment, please email us, call the office.

Full Living: A Psychotherapy Practice has offices throughout Philadelphia and The Greater Philadelphia Area including multiple offices in Center City 19109, Chestnut Hill 19118, Northern Liberties 19123, Old City 19106, Rittenhouse Square 19146, Roxborough 19106, South Philly 19107, University City 19104, West Philly 19143, and surrounding neighborhoods including Glenside 19038, Haverford 19041, and Narberth 19072.


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Full Living: Psychedelic Assisted Psychotherapy

Offices in Philadelphia and Glenside

Psychedelics have a long history of being used to facilitate emotional, spiritual and relational transformations. The psychotherapy world began its documented efforts to explore ways psychedelics might be used in clinical settings to help folx do important psychological work in the 60’s, 70”s and 80’S. While a lot of that work got shut down by federal laws and regulations, some of the research continued, both underground and with the Federal Drug Administration. Now the FDA and top research facilities across the country have been engaged in clinical trials to see how the power of various psychedelics might be harnessed to leverage against classic mental health diagnosis, including Depression, Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Drug and Alcohol Addictions.

Psychedelics provide a novel tool for accessing unconscious material while in a conscious, lucid state, allowing us to connect with our own inner healing wisdom. We can find answers from our core, have opportunities to see ourselves, our relationships and our lives from totally different perspectives, and derail our default mode processing. 

With the help and support of a psychotherapist specifically trained in psychedelic assisted psychotherapy, you will set plans and intentions for your medicine sessions, get guidance and containment from a therapist sitting right at your side, and learn tools for integrating what you learned in your session. 

Each prospective client receives a free initial consultation with Full Living’s director/founder to help determine if you are a good candidate for psychedelic assisted psychotherapy, to walk you through the process of obtaining a prescription, and to help access the best modality for your work. To schedule a free intake appointment, please email us, call the office.

Full Living: Psychedelic Psychotherapy Retreats offers retreats for individuals, couples and small groups in Glenside and Center City Philadelphia.


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what we offer

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    Matching is our specialty

    We specialize in making thoughtful matches between clients and therapists based on clients stated needs but also on personality and style. Matches are made by our director after a free initial consultation with her. We offer relational psychotherapy clinical services for teens, adults, couples and families. We provide culturally competent clinical services, supporting gender and sexuality diversity, and are kink and polyamorous affirming. We work exclusively with seasoned clinicians with offices throughout the city.

    photo of Full Living: A Psychotherapy Practice

    Psychedelic Assisted Psychotherapy

    We offer individual, couples, group, and retreat settings for guided psychedelic medicine sessions along with preparation and integration sessions to help you make the most of this novel treatment. Besides working exclusively with seasoned clinicians, we have all engaged in specialized training in psychedelic psychotherapy. Our work is exclusively above-ground, legal work, with medical oversight and safety protocols. 

Finding the Right Therapist Matching with a Clinician

Finding the Right Therapist Matching with a Clinician

Psychedelic Psychotherapy: A Novel Tool for Our Stuck Places

Psychedelic Psychotherapy: A Novel Tool for Our Stuck Places

3 Components to a Successful Psychotherapy Experience

3 Components to a Successful Psychotherapy Experience

Therapists on Why a Good Referral Matters

Therapists on Why a Good Referral Matters