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
Blended families and related adjustment
Identity and/or sexual orientation
- Pregnancy/Post natal stress and trauma
Co-dependency issues and boundary creation
JoAnna Smith ReachesEagan MN