Tricia Kayiatos-Smith, ACSW 65885

Tricia Kayiatos-Smith, ACSW 65885


Therapy can be a transformative experience of acknowledging Self and finding a higher level of functioning. The relationship between therapist and client can facilitate gentle and foundational changes aiming to discard dysfunctional coping skills and to acquire healthier tools for living. Though at times uncomfortable and challenging, therapeutic treatment can be truly metamorphic.


Couples therapy can be a place where the experiences, perceptions, challenges and histories of two people in a partnership are examined. This is an opportunity to learn new ways of communicating effectively and lovingly and to speak truth in a safe, nonjudgmental environment aimed towards conflict resolution.


Tricia approaches her clinical practice through a holistic, intersectional and eclectic lens. She uses aspects of psychodynamics, cognitive behavior, attachment, mindfulness and family systems and interpersonal theories to create a warm, welcoming and nonjudgmental space. Connecting with her clients through compassion, empathy, intuition, humor and healing, Tricia understands and cherishes the intimacy and honor that is her role in her clients' lives. Often, she speaks to trauma and anxiety as a backpack which we carry around daily, not realizing how its weight can hinder us. She aims to create a space where clients feel comfortable setting down the backpack, unzipping it and examining what's within. Her goal with clients is to look at and honor each item inside and, ultimately, relieve them of some of that weight. 


Tricia's areas of work include exploring LGBTQ issues, artists and creatives, gender identity (inluding WPATH-standard letters for gender confirmation surgeries), HIV and other chronic illnesses, relationship issues and codependency, PTSD and trauma survivors, depression, anxiety and panic disorders and crisis intervention.


Tricia has been active in her field for eight years. She holds a Master's degree in Social Work with a concentration in individuals and families from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College in New York City. Her graduate studies focused on advocating for transgender women of color engaged in survival sex work. Tricia is contracted with the Women's Center for Creative Work as the social work consultant for the thrice-annual Emergency Health Grant for Artists, as well as serving on their 2018 Programming Board. For three years, she was honored to be employed as a medical social worker at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, helping trans* and gender non-conforming people navigate public health and benefits systems. She is a member of the National Association for Social Workers, the National Organization for Women and the World Professional Association for Transgender Health.


Tricia is working towards licensing and is under the clinical supervision of Bonnie Rae, LMFT 91089.

Contact Information

  • 4620 Hollywood Blvd
    Los Angeles, California 90027
  • Phone: 323-250-5330
  • Hours

    Sunday 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Wednesday 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Thursday 7:00 am - 1:00 pm

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Other Information


Additional Locations: Downtown LA / East LA, Hollywood / Silverlake

Gender: Female

Populations Served: Gay Men, Lesbians, Bisexuals, Non-Gay Men, Non-Gay Women, Transgender, Gender Non-Conforming, Adults, Seniors

Theoretical Orientations: Client Centered, Family Systems, Feminist, Interdisciplinary, LGBT-Affirmative Psychotherapy, Psychodynamic, Solution Focused

Therapy Modes: Brief, Long Term, Individual Psychotherapy, Couples Therapy, Family

Degrees: MSW

Academic Institute 1: Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, City University of New York

Year Graduated 1: 2014

License Number: ACSW 65885

License State: California

Years in Practice: 8

Private Practice: Yes

Available for Emergency: No

Accept Interns: No

Insurance Accepted?: No

Fee Range: 120

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