the reclaimed soul

refreshing the weary through Christian counseling

Thank you for your interest in Jana Schmitt Counseling.  I've chosen to call my site the reclaimed soul because I think it conjures up an interesting image of the transformation that occurs through the counseling process.  

Designers and furniture builders who prefer reclaimed wood as their pallet will tell you there is an art to finding the pieces worth salvaging.  They search out the wood with cracks, warping and imperfections because this gives their creation character and uniqueness.  

In Ephesians 2:10, God says that we are His masterpiece, His workmanship.  He chooses us, with all of our cracks and imperfections, to be unique reflections of His character.  Each of us is a work in progress, created with an innate desire to know and be known, to love and be loved.  

When we don't know how to get these needs met in healthy ways, we can fall into unhealthy, destructive cycles in an attempt to feel loved and valued.  Our efforts may seem to work for awhile, but eventually there is a life crisis and we break.  If this is where you are, I believe counseling can help.

Or perhaps this is not your story but you find yourself struggling with depression, excessive worry and anxiety, insomnia, relationship conflicts, loneliness, prolonged grief over a loss, or difficulties with seasons of life transition.  I believe counseling can help you as well.

I welcome the opportunity to hear from you and to come alongside you as an active participant and advocate in your journey out of the darkness into the full, abundant life for which you were made.

 

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In my practice I work primarily with adults age 18 and older.  I offer premarital, marital and individual counseling.  Some common issues that I am equipped to help you work through include:

depression                                                        burnout

anxiety                                                                grief & loss

panic disorder                                                 codependency

toxic shame                                                      anger

self-worth                                                          quarter-life crisis

sexual abuse/trauma                                  midlife transition

emotional health                                           relationship conflict

family of origin issues                                spiritual issues

life coaching                                                      forgiveness

 

My treatment approach combines aspects of cognitive behavioral, family systems, insight-oriented, and emotion-focused therapy, integrating biblically-based, sound doctrine with evidence-based, psychological principles to provide quality professional care.  I strive to create a welcoming, non-judgmental, compassionate environment, one in which my clients feel safe to process emotions and explore the difficult topics.  I believe that effective treatment encompasses the whole person: physical, emotional, and spiritual.

Although my counseling is Christian-based, I welcome the opportunity to work with you regardless of your religious views or background.  

I received a B.S. in Kinesiology/Exercise Technology with a minor in Psychology from Texas A&M in 1984 and spent the first part of my adult working life in the fitness industry.  The years spent as a wellness counselor, personal trainer, and athletic club manager solidified my belief that physical fitness and well-being is intricately tied to emotional well-being.  Two years as a fitness programmer at a psychiatric hospital and the opportunity to sit in on staff meetings with therapists and psychiatrists reignited my interest in counseling (which had been present since I was a teenager).

The next season of my life was spent raising two kids (who are now grown and who I thankfully still love spending time with), building a home in the country, renovating a 100-year-old building where I now office (hence my fascination with "reclaimed" things), working with women's ministry and creative arts teams and hospitality teams in my church, volunteering as a counselor in a crisis pregnancy center, and nurturing a growing desire to see people set free from bondage to fear, addictions, depression and past wounds.

I returned to school in 2005, earning a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Dallas Baptist University.  I had the privilege of working with and learning from an amazing team of mental health professionals at the Meier Clinic in Richardson, where I spent four years completing my practicum and intern hours and working as a therapist.  It was my honor to work with clients from all over the U.S. (and beyond) as they came to the Meier Clinic Day Program for help with a large variety of treatment issues.  

A significant amount of my time over the past few years has been spent in San Pedro, Belize, where I have met with individuals for counseling and life coaching, worked with a reading program for kids in the local school, built friendships with people from all over the world and had a lot of fun beachcombing and biking along the white sands and aqua waters of the Caribbean!  

I love my work as a counselor.  I am especially passionate about helping people navigate through seasons of life transition, specifically quarter-life and midlife, those times when we tend to be most likely to question and reevaluate priorities and future direction.  My love for and fascination with the current creative, quirky generation of twenty-somethings ("millennials") has resulted in a constantly-growing collection of resources that I've compiled into workshop format designed to draw out unique gifts, leanings, and passions and create specific action steps to pursue their God-given dreams.

I have been married for 34 years to my college sweetheart.  Our best times are spent traveling, exploring flea markets and coffee shops and bookstores and country roads, riding bikes, watching movies, gardening, planning, dreaming and gathering around the table with friends for a good meal and conversation.  

 

I am licensed in the state of Texas as a Licensed Professional Counselor.  I am a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors.  I make it my job to stay on top of treatment strategies and growing research by reading books, articles and professional journals, attending conferences and workshops, and maintaining professional alliances with other therapists.

 

 

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