JoAnna Smith, MA, LMFT

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You are perfectionistic in nature and a people pleaser. You worry more about what people think of you than what you need. You feel exhausted and completely drained. You tell yourself you should feel happier and more grateful. You have a lot going for you–or that’s what everyone tells you at least.
Anxiety and fear take over some days. You mask your pain with frozen smiles and laughter–not wanting to burden others with your pain. You find yourself terrified of failing and this overwhelming need to do BETTER and MORE. You feel like if you don’t, then everything will fall apart. You feel responsible for it all (work, home, kids) and the heavy burden of so many people relying on you. You cry when alone. You are terrified of disappointing others. As a people pleaser, you pretend that everything is fine. You feel like you cannot keep doing this but are afraid that you will lose it all if you don’t. The perfectionism leads to overwhelming shame and fear.
You want balance in your life. You want to feel more energized and more at peace. You want to reconnect with you and have time to do the things that you love and enjoy but can never dedicate time to. As a people pleaser, self-care likely feels selfish to you. You want to feel free of guilt when you take care of you. You want to keep being a top performer at work, feel like a good parent, wife, daughter and friend but feel pleasure in those aspects of life. You want a partner who understands you and doesn’t seem content to let you smile and keep it all going.

I can help. I know your schedule is busy and likely you are already feel like there is not time for anything else. I have the solution for you: On-line sessions. No commuting for office visits or scheduling around work travel and kids activities. We can meet virtually via a secured platform in your place of comfort and choosing. It is time to focus on you for once. This is the beginning step towards being excited to wake up ready for the challenges you seek and to experience joy again. Quite simply, it is time for you to both remember and like you again.

JoAnna Smith Reaches

Oakland CA
Eagan MN