Jimmarie Smiley, LPC, CPT
Trauma Competent Counseling for Kids, Teens and Parents
You are concerned about your kid’s or teen’s behaviors, and it is negatively impacting the entire family. Parenting is hard work! You are not sure what to do to help your child or teen overcome their struggles, and having quality parenting guidance can help reduce the stress you and your kids or teens feel. You have exhausted all of your efforts, and need a trusted and experienced professional who is trained in play therapy and parenting strategies to guide you and your family to learn new ways to communicate, change behaviors and have fun again. You are ready for your family to be balanced and well again.
Jimmarie is a warm and authentic counselor who empowers, equips and motivates parents and families to be the best that they can be, targeting negative mindsets that hold families captive. She focuses on reframing negative self-talk to understanding and empowering talk that creates positive relationships that help the child or teen thrive. She believes that families are as strong as the parents that lead them, and focuses on the family system empowering parents to understand their child or teens challenges, and learn ways to guide them to wellness.
Throughout her experience, education and clinical training, Jimmarie has engaged families from a trauma competent and strengths-based perspective, with a strong desire to strengthen the family, while paying close attention to the whole child. Jimmarie is compassionate and provides supportive interactions for families who experience adverse issues that may arise, and strives to promote positive meaningful interactions with children. Jimmarie enjoys working closely with parents and families who need guidance and resources to fulfill their daily roles as parents.
Therapeutic Approach and Play Therapy for Kids, Teens and Parenting
Jimmarie is passionate about working with children and teens with the following developmental and behavioral concerns:
- depression and self-harming behaviors
- low self-esteem
- grief or loss
- anxiety, social anxiety and OCD
- disruptive mood and bipolar disorder
- Childhood trauma
Jimmarie uses evidenced-based treatment such as Family Systems, Mindfulness Meditation, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused, and Play Therapy. She also uses strengths based strategies in herh parenting support and coaching. She prefers a client centered approach to focus on development of healthy attachment patterns, to help children and teens cope with adverse issues that they face on a day to day basis.
Education, Trainings and Certifications
Jimmarie has an AAS in Early Childhood Development, a BS in Management, and her Masters in Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage, Child and Family Therapy.
Certification in Play Therapy from Mid-America Nazarene University
To schedule a consultation call with Jimmarie, call today or contact her here. She looks forward to hearing from you!