Jennifer Smith, MS LAMFT

Elk River Office

Approach: My approach to therapy is centered around providing every client with personalized treatment. I utilize a person-centered approach stemming from multiple theories and styles including: Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) in addition to multiple other modalities that include a strengths-based approach.  This includes creating a safe atmosphere of acceptance, for personal exploration, focusing on the strengths of my clients, providing them the tools and coping skills to lead a life they define as worth living. I aim to co-create the best therapeutic approach to help my clients accomplish their goals and create the life they want to live.


I am dedicated to helping my clients increase level of functioning while navigating and managing life circumstances, identify goals in their life, define the meaning of life and what makes them happy. I aim to help my clients recognize patterns of behavior that are no longer working for them and implement new patterns/skills to achieve a new level of functioning. My goal as a therapist is not only to help my clients reduce pain and suffering, but to help my clients realize their own personal power and power of their choices to create a happy and fulfilling life.


Interests: My professional interests include working with clients struggling with a variety of life trials including: mood disorders, depression, anxiety, symptoms of trauma, self-destructive behaviors, borderline personality disorder, bi-polar I and II, among others.  I am interested in working with adults and adolescents who want to improve/increase their self-worth, change/modify self-destructive behaviors, improve relational functioning, as well as to learn and implement new ways of coping with difficult emotions and thoughts.


Favorite DBT Skill: My favorite DBT skill is Willingness. Willingness is defined as the quality or state of being prepared to do something; readiness. It all begins with being willing and having an open mind to change. Being open and willing allows for space to create change to live a life you choose to live.


Education: Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy, Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

                     St. Cloud State University (MN

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