Brian J. Smith, Psy.D.

Licensed Psychologist

About Dr. Smith

Dr. Smith (or as his clients often call him, Dr. Brian) is a native of the southeast, having lived in Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee prior to Georgia. He completed his undergraduate studies at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. Dr. Smith earned his Master and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from the Graduate School of Psychology (APA-Accredited) at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. 

Dr. Smith has gained valuable experience working in a variety of mental health settings, including community mental health centers, hospitals, and private practice. He completed his practicum training at two community mental health centers in the the greater Los Angeles area. He completed his assessment training at Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Smith completed his Pre-Doctoral Internship at Children's Institute in Los Angeles. He completed his Post-Doctoral Internship at Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. Following completion of his Post-Doctoral Internship, he began his private practice in the Atlanta area.

Dr. Smith believes in the importance of giving clients practical solutions and skills to create change in their lives. As such, he begins couples therapy by providing concrete couples communication and conflict reductions skills and approaches individual therapy primarily from a cognitive-behavioral therapy model for addressing and reducing symptoms of anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, and anger. He also utilizes psychodynamic, family systems, and brief solution-focused therapy approaches in individual, couples and family therapy. He strives to integrate faith and psychological principles in therapy in a manner that is tailored to the client.

Dr. Smith is a member of the Georgia Psychological Association, where he has previously served as a board member and was selected for the inaugural Georgia Psychological Association Leadership Training Program. He is also a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors.


Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology, Graduate School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California

Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, Graduate School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California

Bachelor of Arts, Religion, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama

Insurances Accepted

Dr. Smith accepts nearly all forms of Aetna and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. If you would like to ensure that he an in network provider, please contact your insurance customer service number. Please come to the initial session with an idea of your co-pay and if you have a deductible. For further questions regarding insurance, please contact Dr. Smith's billing manager at 770-953-4744, ext. 26. 

Dr. Smith often works with other PPO insurance plans as an out of network provider, which allows the client to be reimbursed directly for what insurance covers after payment. He is happy to answer any questions about this and assist you in this process.

Fee & Payment Info

Dr. Smith discusses fees during the initial email consultation.

He offers a reduced fee option for clients who are financially unable to pay his standard fee.

Payment options: Cash, Check, Credit Card. 

Checks must be made out to Dr. Smith's corporation name (Hopewell Psychological Associates). 

If you wish to pay by credit card for the Buckhead, Canton and Cumming offices, please see the Forms page for the Credit Card Authorization form to complete.