Serena Goldsmith, LCSW

Serena Goldsmith, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
LIC NO. 100396

Carlsbad, CA


I believe in a whole person approach to wellness, tailored to each person's unique needs and goals, and focused on identifying and optimizing strengths. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) at Foresight Carlsbad and received my Master of Social Work Degree with a concentration in Behavioral Health from California State University San Marcos. Before becoming a Foresight therapist, I worked in a community-based mental health center for adults for nine years, and I also have experience doing play therapy with children and working with adults with developmental disabilities and their families. In addition to my educational and professional experience, my 30+ years of lived experience with a mood disorder and my recovery journey informs my practice in many ways, as I have a great deal of empathy, compassion, and understanding for those who are struggling with mental health issues. I bring a message of hope and high expectations for what my clients are capable of achieving. I have a passion for assisting others to overcome their challenges and reach their individual goals and optimal potentials. My specialty areas include mood disorders, anxiety disorders, body/mind/spirit wellness, stress management, anger management, personal growth, spirituality, life transitions, self-esteem, sleep disorders, and relationship issues, among others. I like to combine aspects of different therapy approaches, such as mindfulness practices, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, narrative therapy, somatic therapies, Emotional Freedom Technique/tapping, relaxation and grounding techniques, motivational interviewing, compassion-focused and person-centered therapies, and others in order to customize the treatment plan and interventions for each person. My philosophy is that we are a team, walking alongside one another on the journey, openly communicating and working together for the best possible outcomes.


Mood Disorders
Self Esteem
Life Transitions
Personal Growth
Sleep or Insomnia
Adjustment Disorder
Anger Management Issues
Bipolar Disorder
Body Image (Concerns/Issues)
Chronic Illness
Chronic Pain
Coping Skills
Dissociative Disorders
Dual Diagnosis
Family Caregiving Stress
Family Conflict
Highly Sensitive Person
Impulse Control Disorders
Intellectual Disability
Job Stress
Life Coaching
Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
Peer Relationships
Physical Disability
Psychosis and Schizophrenia
Relationship Issues
Social Phobia
Suicidal Ideation/Thoughts
Thinking Disorders
Trauma and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Women's Issues
Workplace Concerns