Dr. Paul H. Smith

Assistant Professor of Counseling
Program Coordinator, Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Department of Counseling


  • B.A., Religion, Wake Forest University
  • M.A., Counseling, Wake Forest University
  • Ph.D., Counseling and Counselor Education, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Before coming to Mercer, Paul H. Smith taught at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia, a National Certified Counselor, and an Approved Clinical Supervisor.


  • Licensed Professional Counselor (GA)

Courses taught

  • Advanced Counseling Skills and Techniques
  • Counseling Internship
  • Counseling Skills and Techniques
  • Crisis, Trauma and Grief Counseling
  • Doctoral Advanced Practicum

Areas of specialization

  • Grief and loss in counseling
  • Humanism in Counseling
  • Internationalization of the Counseling Profession
  • Pedagogy in Counselor Education

Research or professional interests

Smith’s clinical interests include grief and loss, developmental and career transitions, influence of gender in counseling, and the use of person-centered and existential theories. Currently, he researches in the areas of internationalization of the counseling profession, grief and loss, and pedagogy in counselor education.

Recent publications

  • Smith, P. H. & Delgado, H. (accepted). Working with non-death losses in counseling: An overview of grief needs and approaches. Adultspan.
  • Smith, P. H. (2018). Postcolonial theory and humanism: A framework for international work in the counseling profession. The Journal of Humanistic Counseling, 57, 138-152.
  • Smith, P. H., Benshoff, J. M., & Gonzalez, L. M. (2018). Critical guidelines for U.S.-based counselor educators when working transnationally. International Journal for the Advancement of Counseling, 40, 1-13

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