I am a licensed marriage and family therapist with a long history
of working with children, teenagers and families. I graduated in 1993 from Johnson University with a major in Bible and a specialty in counseling. This is where I met my husband, Russ Smith, who majored in Bible and Youth Ministry. We were married in the spring of 1993 and entered into full time ministry in the church. Russ and I have three beautiful daughters and a son-in-law that we adore. We served in Howard County, Indiana from 1995 to 2013 when we relocated to Owensboro I have mentored adolescent girls, taught children of all ages the great truths of the Bible, lead women's bible studies and have spoken to several groups of women. This has been the foundation of my passion for how God's word and His ways have ministered to and changed the lives of so many women...I have been apart of some great work that God has done in women and teens that I love dearly.
In the fall of 2001, after my third daughter was born, I decided to begin studying Marriage and Family Therapy at Indiana Wesleyan University. In December of 2005 I graduated and immediately began working for a non-profit organization, Family Service Society, Inc. I worked as a part time therapist in the Sexually Abusive Youth (SAY) program. After a couple of years, I was invited to begin working under a contract between Family Service Society and the Marion Community Schools providing counseling for children who were struggling in their schools with behavior problems that were interrupting their success in their academic goals. I began in one elementary and in one year the program expanded into all of the city schools in Marion. I have been a part of individual play therapy sessions, group sessions, parenting groups and parenting classes spending the majority of my time with Jr/Sr High students who have behavioral problems in the school setting and the underlying hurt and chaos that is usually present in the lives of these kids. Before our move to Owensboro, KY I spent a year working in the outpatient behavioral health youth department of Community Howard Regional Health where I learned so much about severe mental illness in children. I had the awesome opportunity to work with some of the smartest people I know in how to help children find the right kind of medication as well as intense therapy groups.
In September of 2013, the Lord called our family to Owensboro, KY. Russ joined the staff at Owensboro Christian Church (an awesome church with a staff filled with Jesus lovers). I have served as the clinical supervisor as well as a therapist working with children and adolescents full time through Sunrise Children's Services, a christian agency that I am so proud to get to serve alongside with. While getting plugged in to our new home, I am finding that many new friends are expressing the need for Christian therapists in our area. I have prayed and God has allowed me the opportunity to start building a private practice. I am walking day by day and step by step as I continue seeking God's will and saying yes to open doors (and trying not to pout about the closed ones!).
I am taking referrals for couples who are struggling in their marriages with intimacy issues, conflict/communication issues, infidelity, or phase of life transitions. I would love the opportunity to pray with these couples and help use my training to empower couples to enjoy the blessings that we were meant to enjoy through marriage.
I am taking referrals for parents who need help understanding their children's behaviors and supporting them as they find ways to manage their children's behaviors and the developmental challenges that exist as children grow and mature.
I am taking referrals for women, men, teens and children who are struggling with grief, depression, anxiety, poor self-esteem, trouble in relationships, and difficult transitioning through developmental and life stages.
I am taking referrals for women, men, teens and children who have experienced trauma and need support in learning to cope with the effects these traumatic events leave behind.