Sally Smith, PhD, LPC
We all have feelings, and it does not take much for them to start feeling out of control. Ignoring them does not work for long, and, as difficult as it can be, the journey to understand and deal with them is well worth it. Sometimes that journey is something you can manage on your own, and sometimes you need some help from an outside resource. If you are finding yourself in need of another resource, I would be honored to join you on that journey by serving as your counselor. Keep reading to find out what you can expect if we start working together.
What I offer you:
Understanding: When emotions run high it can sometimes seem like no one understands you. In fact, you may not even understand yourself! I offer a safe and empathic environment that promotes my ability to understand your struggles and your own understanding of what is going on in your life. As a counselor I can often spot connections, identify themes, and provide information that helps you understand and feel understood in your current difficulties.
Increased Emotional Awareness: You may have guessed this by now, but I think emotions are important. I will teach you how to be aware of and name your emotions, but not just so you can “feel” all the time. Emotions are like messengers that alert us to what is going on under the surface of our lives. I will help you make sense of those messages and live in a way that you get to choose how you respond to them rather than just reacting to what you feel.
Appropriate Responsibility and Boundaries: It is easy to feel frustrated and overwhelmed when you are trying to take care of things that do not belong to you, or when you are trying to get someone else to take care of what really belongs to you. I will help you identify what is your responsibility and take care of it while setting boundaries and releasing what does not belong to you.
Biblical perspective: My whole worldview and approach to counseling is based on the Bible and what it has to say about God, humans, sin, grace, and life in general. Jesus is the Wonderful Counselor, and I rely on his wisdom through the Holy Spirit to guide me in the counseling process. I will work with and respect the beliefs (or lack thereof) of any client I work with, but I am uniquely equipped to counsel those who want their Christian faith to be a part of their counseling process.
My passion and purpose as a counselor:
Lots of distorted views are out there on emotions, God, relationships, suffering, responsibility, and much more. I consider it an honor to be able to walk with people as they identify what is really going on in their life and work to bring about change, growth, and healing. I firmly believe no situation is hopeless in light of God’s power and grace. I am passionate about sharing that hope with others and providing the support needed to facilitate the hard process of growth and change. Counseling is not often easy or simple, but it is definitely worth it.
Areas of focus:
- Relationship Issues
- Codependency/Boundary Issues
- Identity and Spiritual Growth
- Stress and Life Adjustment Difficulties
- Coping Skills
- Premarital Counseling
I’m originally from GA but I’ve called New Orleans home since 2011 and don’t have plans to leave any time soon. I started at Restoration many years ago as a student intern, and it’s been such a blessing to stick around and grow into who I am as a counselor and leader while working here! When I’m not at work I enjoy spending time outside, listening to audiobooks, traveling, doing puzzles, having campfires, being with friends, cooking, and drinking tea. I value cultivating intentional friendships, especially with people from different countries or cultural backgrounds than me.
- Hold Me Tight by Sue Johnson
- The Meaning of Marriage by Tim Keller
- The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom
- Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Peter Scazzero
- Shame Interrupted by Ed Welch
- Attachments: Why You Love Feel and Act the Way You Do by Tim Clinton and Gary Sibcy
- When Heaven and Earth Collide: Racism, Southern Evangelicals, and the Better Way of Jesus by Alan Cross
- Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child by John Gottman
- The Bible Project — Free videos, podcasts, and study notes for understanding the Bible
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