About

Meet JoAnna Smith

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (Minnesota)

In healing, the About Me page is really about you and if you feel like there is an us.

My clients tease that I look sweet…until I open my mouth.  I am a compassionate intuitive with grit.   I refer to myself as a ‘digger”.  We go where we need to (not always want to) and do real and meaningful work.  I do not do band aid fixes and honestly, I do not know how.  Simply stated, we dig to the core, release what does not serve you, and build up what you need and want.   You then go off on your own and lead that amazing life you just created.  

My role (also my mission) is to hold space for you to do the most sensitive and raw work.  I do this in all aspects of my healing work.  I may also serve to be your most honest mirror that exposes all needed parts of you–reflecting those bits that can be hidden, painful and hard to look at.  As you likely know, these are often the very things that trip you and block you on your path.  This is quite a delicate dance and my training (below) has afforded me the skills that I can, in turn, teach you. The truth is that all of your healing and changing is truly done by you. I am merely a guide or coach in the process.

I have learned through my years of practice that the invisible pattern that connects me to others is THEIR desire for core level change and the belief that I am the person to help them do it.  Many people I have worked with have expressed relief in creating this healing connection as they have had negative and disappointing experiences in the past. I understand the fear and hesitation in starting this journey.  Positive change can be scary and hurt at times.

I happily report that I am bi-lingual: I speak both heart-talk and head-talk.  Whether you live in your heart space and feel ruled by emotions OR spend most of your time in headspace, I can speak your speak.  This is especially true of couples who often feel like they speak different languages.

If in reading this you feel that nudge, the inner voice signaling “Yes!”, I invite you to call, email me or set up a consult.  That is often the next best step to figuring out the “us” and the “how”.  I am healer and there is no sales pitch.  Just an opportunity for us to connect, share, and for you to determine if I am the right fit for you.

I appreciate that you are just trying to figure out right now if I can even help you.  If you find it helpful, please refer below to a summary of my education and training. However, I suspect that you likely already have a strong feeling of whether we are a match.

Specialized Training

MA in Counseling Psychology, University of St. Thomas
Post Master’s Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy, University of St. Thomas
Certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
Somatic Experiencing and Processing for Trauma Resolution
Clinical Hypnosis
EFT Tapping (Emotional Freedom Technique)
Master Level Reiki Practitioner
Sound Therapy and Healing

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