Amber Smith grew up in the suburbs north of Los Angeles and received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from California State University, of Northridge. Amber is currently working on obtaining her Masters degree in Clinical Psychology with Emphasis in Marriage Family Therapy from Pepperdine’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology. Previously, Amber worked at the Domestic Violence Center, where she provided therapeutic art projects for children with trauma; El Nido Family Center, where she mentored adolescents with substance abuse and violence; and at Ventura County Behavioral Health, where she co-facilitated an evidence based treatment group of adolescents with Substance Use Disorders and PTSD. Amber is currently an MFT- Trainee at Burbank Family Service Agency, an APA Reviewer for doctoral student’s dissertations at Pepperdine, and a Preschool Teacher at West Creek Academy. She plans to continue her education post Masters and pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, where she plans to focus her research on behavioral preventions for children and adolescents that suffer from trauma.