Meet the Clinicians

Rindee G.P. Ashcraft, Ph.D. – Dr. Ashcraft has worked with OCD and anxiety for the last 10 years, and with adolescents and teens for the last 20 years. She is an expert in navigating the intricacies of ERP, and tailors her therapy to each individual. She also has expertise in treating OCD Spectrum disorders such as Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Trichotillomania, and other Body Focused Repetitive Behavior Disorders.  She founded Polaris Family Behavioral Health, PLLC to create a place where people are able to find effective, compassionate treatment for anxiety, OCD, and related disorders.  Dr. Ashcraft obtained her M.A. in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2004. Dr. Ashcraft earned her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology in 2009 from the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) at Alliant International University in San Diego.  

 

Laura G. Smestad, LMHC – Laura is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with 5 years of experience working with middle school aged youth from a variety of backgrounds. Laura earned her masters degree in Counseling from the University of Holy Cross in New Orleans, Louisiana. She designed the school counseling program for St. Pius X school in Louisiana and won the prestigious award “School Counselor of the Year” in Louisiana for the 2018-2019 school year. She specializes in treating OCD, Anxiety Disorders, and associated disorders, with a focus on using evidence based treatments such as Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). She works with clients of all ages, specializing in working with children and teens. 

 

Heather Youngs, LMHC – Heather enjoys working with children, youth, and young adults with anxiety and OCD spectrum disorders. Heather uses a holistic approach to  address the mind and body. This helps facilitate integration and healing. Her holistic approach allows her to focus on the OCD symptoms, but also on the other things going on in a person’s life that impact their mental health. Additionally, Heather is currently training for her certification in Somatic Experiencing. She uses a warm, collaborative approach in working with children and families to help the whole family move towards a healthier life.

 

Naya Beall – Bio Coming Soon.