Counseling & therapy for individuals and couples

Do you feel stuck?
Unsatisfied in your relationship?
Or overreact at times?

Do you lack motivation or feel too fearful? Overwhelmed? Therapy can help with issues like these. Change is possible and counseling can provide you with more confidence, more insight and more tools.

You may be wondering...

Counseling and Therapy – What’s the Difference?

Counseling can be helpful for specific issues like situational anxiety or communication challenges or stress management. We focus on tools and symptom management and helping you function better right now.

Therapy, as in psychotherapy, is a longer term depth process that works on resolving core issues around early relationships, attachment, trauma, abuse and shame that are impacting your daily life. We dive deep into your life and your history. In practice, the two can overlap a lot and where we go depends on what you need and what you are ready for.

How long will this take?

That depends on what you are wanting help with and how deep the issue is. Sometimes, an issue can be resolved in 5-10 sessions. Often, it takes longer. For couples with entrenched patterns, you can expect at least 6 months, if not longer. If you know you want short-term counseling, let’s discuss that and see if my work is an appropriate fit for you.

Isn’t therapy expensive?

It can be. And, it can be one of the best investments that you make in yourself and your future. Therapy is an opportunity to deal with all those stuck patterns and ways of relating that are getting in your way, including financially. Doing that takes time and commitment. On a practical note, I do have sliding scale spots available occasionally - Feel free to inquire about that.

There are lots of other therapists to choose from. Why should I choose you?

Like many of my colleagues, I offer strong empathic support for your journey. My clients have been appreciative of my intuition and my ability to help them get to the heart of the matter. I am particularly open and receptive to a wide range of lifestyles and am deeply committed to helping you grow and heal. While these strengths are not uncommon, I also offer body-mind psychotherapy, also known as somatic therapy. Somatic therapy includes your felt body experience in addition to the usual thoughts and feelings that talk-therapy addresses. It’s by working through the body that we can facilitate change around some of your most deeply problematic and painful issues.

How do I know that you are the right therapist for me?

You don’t. And neither do I. That’s something we will figure out together in our first 1-3 sessions as we get clear on what is needed to be addressed and what approach is most appropriate. Research shows that the relationship between therapist and client is an essential component to successful outcomes so it’s very important that we are a good match and we will have to meet to find that out.

Getting Started

Contact me via phone or email to discuss your needs and if it seems like we are a potentially good match, we can schedule a first appointment at a discounted rate of 50%. Please visit my getting started page for more information.

Jessica Smith, MFT / License #MFT47647 / 884 3rd St. Suite D, Santa Rosa, CA 95404 / 707-205-9670 /

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