Meet the Founder of Polaris Counseling

James Smithers MA LCPC

James cares. A passion for helping others has led to his service as a counselor, consultant and advocate. As a father of a blended family of five children, and as an experienced clinician, James knows how physical, emotional and socioeconomic factors can impact even the strongest of individuals, couples and families.

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Expert Counselors

We pride ourselves on having some of the most experienced, compassionate and personable counselors in the area.


Therapeutic Support

We provide high quality counseling services to individuals, couples and families in a professional, non-judgmental, supportive and friendly environment at an affordable cost to you.


Confidential

We are committed to protecting your Private Healthcare Information (PHI) through a strict Code of Ethics and HIPAA federal law.


Flexible Scheduling

Our schedule fits your busy lifestyle with day, evening and weekend sessions available.

  • Carmen saved us. That may sound extreme, but when I think back to the first day I walked into her office with my daughter, I marvel at how she helped us! That first visit was 12 years ago. Since then she helped my other two daughters as well. She is caring and thoughtful and her sessions are effective!
  • Before working with Shannon I didn’t know how harmful my choices were on my family. Shannon was patient with me, kind and never judged me for my actions. I learned a lot about myself while working with her and now have healthy ways to cope with my anxiety and depression. I have Shannon to thank for helping to restore my family. Without her support, I’m not sure I would have been as successful.
  • Last year, I sought out counseling and was scheduled to meet with Kiersten. Upon my very first session with Kiersten I immediately felt at ease and comfortable. Kiersten is very gentle, soft spoken person. She listened attentively, always focused on me and gave me great feedback. I always looked forward to our sessions because afterward, I felt empowered and more confident.
  • I clicked with Marilyn quickly during my first visit. She is very kind, warm and easy to talk to. Marilyn has been such a big help to me. I was stuck in a relationship which was past my capability of handling it alone. She has taught me tools to help communicate and navigate my way through this relationship. She is wonderful and I would highly recommend working with her.
  • I have been in counseling with Lisa for six months and she has transformed my life. She is very knowledgeable and skilled at what she does and has unraveled a life time of problems in a very short period of time. I was always skeptical about counseling until I started seeing Lisa. If you are like me give Lisa a shot, you won’t regret it. On a scale of 1 to 10, my symptoms and problems have gone from a 10 to a 1. Lisa, thank you so much for all that you have done and continue to do for me. Lisa gets an A+ rating in my book.
  • The decision to seek help was difficult and I had a lot of anxiety when arriving for my first session, but I was immediately at ease with Elizabeth. I’ve never been one to easily open up, but I felt safe and soon enough we were diving into everything. Elizabeth has helped me a great deal by giving me perspective, greater awareness, and asking me the tough questions I had been avoiding. At the conclusion of each session I feel lighter and more focused on making positive changes. I am grateful for Elizabeth’s continued guidance and support.
  • My 6 year old son attended therapy with Kelly to help with impulsive behavior, anxiety and healthy ways to express his anger. Not only did his behavior improve, but he really looked forward to his sessions. Kelly was able to connect with him right away and made therapy a really fun experience! As a parent, I appreciate her open communication and ability to work with me to help support the development of his new skills at home. We absolutely loved working with her.
  • When we decided to seek out couples counseling, my husband and I did not know how to fix our marriage. With reluctance, I scheduled a session. My husband and I were pleasantly surprised with how our experience went with Lauren. There were times that we became overwhelmed, but Lauren helped us to take a step back and process what had gone wrong. Now, my husband and I are much better at calmly talking things through without defensiveness. We have come such a long way, thanks to our sessions with Lauren.
  • I am very grateful to have had Debbie as our marriage therapist. She is always so present when we meet and I always feel like she understands my husband and I. Debbie Levinson pushes us to be better versions or ourselves but also to be understanding of one another. I truly value her honesty with me as well as her wisdom and advice.
  • I have been a client of Dr Salas for a couple of years. She is very passionate, knowledgeable, resourceful, and down right just a sweetheart! Using the various tools has taught me to not be offended, but to redirect my thinking to a positive. If YOU want positive results from a reliable and certified counseling, I suggest you check Doctor Salas out. I promise, you will not be disappointed.
  • Tony is such a patient, knowledgeable and skilled therapist that talking to him even about difficult things was easy. He has guided me to embracing a life I want to live; through therapy I have learned how to identify values, learned DBT and ACT skills and most important how to communicate better and recognize my emotions. My family is growing strong and I can envision a wonderful future.
  • You have really made a big difference. I’ve been in therapy for most of my adult life with different providers and in 20 years, Zach is the first clinician to give me an answer. I appreciate everything you’ve done for me. For once I felt like I had a friend on the other side of the desk.
  • When we decided to meet James, my husband was very skeptical. Making that first session with James was the best decision we’ve ever made! James got to know us and immediately made us both feel comfortable. He is an excellent listener and teacher, he’s very personable, supportive and he genuinely cares about his clients and their well being.
  • Carmen es una terapista cálida y compasiva. Ella me ayudó durante un tiempo difícil de mi vida. Carmen me escuchó, validó mis sentimientos y pudo proveerme con las destrezas que yo necesité y que todavía uso hoy.
  • He sido cliente de la Dra. Salas por un par de años. Ella es muy entregada, conocedora de su profesión , y muy dulce. Utilizando las diversas herramientas me ha enseñado a no ofenderme con facilidad, sino a redirigir mi pensamiento a algo más positivo. Si USTED desea resultados positivos de una terapeuta confiable y certificada, le sugiero que consulte a la doctora Salas. ¡Le prometo que no se decepcionarán!”

Erin Recommends Reading…

Erin Recommends: Quarterlife Crisis: The Unique Challenges of Life in Your Twenties - Alexandra Robbins and Abby Wilner The 5 Languages of Love -

Carmen Recommends Reading…

Carmen's Recommends: The Four Agreements - Don Miguel Ruiz The Birth Order Book - Dr. Kevin Leman The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You

Dr. Salas Recommends Reading…

Dr. Salas Recommends: Mastery of Your Anxiety and Panic: Workbook (Treatments That Work) - David H. Barlow & Michelle G. Craske Codependent No

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