JoAnna Smith, MA, LMFT

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I trust in other’s innate drive for personal growth, emotional balance, and inter-connectedness. However, I find that life ‘noise’ frequently deafens people to their own internal voice may derail them from their desired path.  I believe that it takes tremendous courage and strength for you to acknowledge your personal pain, struggles, and vulnerabilities. It takes even greater resolve for you to seek guidance from another to help you navigate such life obstacles. Thus, out of great respect, I strive to create a safe and compassionate environment that fosters this self-exploration and initiates the process of change.

Change can be a slow and difficult process. It can be frightening to open yourself up to the hurt, disappointment, and angst that you have been carrying within.  My intent is to create a safe holding environment that allows you to expose past wounds, to explore your inner most thoughts and feelings, and to do so in an atmosphere free of criticism or judgment. My counseling process is both educational and solution-focused: It can help foster self-awareness, identify and change unhelpful patterns, develop insight, increase resource development, and aid in your overall healing process. My goal is that the work we do together plays an integral role in your journey of self-discovery and empowerment.

As a Marriage and Family Therapist, I am open to working with you and/or any persons you deem critical to your healing process. I provide individual, couples, and family counseling.  

My areas of interest include:

  • Family of origin work
  • Adult children of alcoholic/chemically dependent families
  • Couples counseling
  • Multicultural families/relationships
  • Chemical dependency/recover
  • Divorce/relationship dissolution
  • Blended families and related adjustment difficulties
  • Low self-esteem
  • Identity and/or sexual orientation
  • Depression/mood disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Abuse/Trauma
  • Pregnancy/Post natal stress and trauma
  • Co-dependency issues and boundary creation
  • EMDR practices
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JoAnna Smith Reaches

Eagan MN