"Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” - Victor Frankle
"The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why." - Mark Twain
"When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us." - Helen Keller
"A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new." - Albert Einstein
"Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent." - Eleanor Roosevelt
The mind is much more powerful than you may realize. One bad thought can begin to spiral down and out of control. And while your mind is spiraling, it can be so difficult to find a way to stop the descent. That is where therapy helps. Finding someone who not only "listens" to what you are experiencing, but also "understands" it and knows how to help you change your trajectory is the key to new-found happiness and rest.
Therapy offers a dignified and non-judgmental chance to learn how to gain or regain what you thought you would never find . . . peace.
You are not alone.
Your well-being is our ultimate concern. We provide a wide range of counseling services to suit your needs. Whether you are an individual, a couple, or a family looking for help - our therapy sessions are designed to strengthen your confidence and assist you in finding positive change.
Mental Health Counseling
One-on-one discussion and exploration of your experiences and hopes for the future. A respectful and effective way to find a new path away from the anxiety, depression, trauma, or any other area of concern for you. Children, adults, and couples can all benefit from this experience.
Collaborative Law Trained Mental Health Professional
Divorce can be a very stressful and painful experience, but it does not have to be. The breaking up of a relationship is always difficult, and adding the confrontational nature of the dissolution process often only adds to the pain. Fortunately, there is a new way to divorce. It is a collaborative way for the parties and attorneys, along with the help of other professionals, to work with each other in a non-confrontational manner - thereby allowing the parties to find their new path in life with the least amount of trauma possible.
Family and Co-parenting Counseling
Raising children can sometimes be challenging. Raising children after separation or divorce can often be outright difficult. But it is still possible. And over time, all the pain, anger, and resentment that accompany the separation can fade away if the parents can find a way to raise the children as a team. While the relationship between the parents may have changed, the family nevertheless remains just that . . . a family. Mommy is still mommy, daddy is still daddy, and the children are still looking to them as role models. Making the effort to find a way to co-parent benefits not only the parents, but most certainly the children. The path to success is not as difficult as many may believe.
Matthew W. Smith, LMHC
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Collaboratively Trained Mental Health Professional
Matthew Smith is the 11th of 13 children - all from the same parents. Growing up with so many siblings has given him a great opportunity to learn about family dynamics and effective discipline. His parents did a great job of maintaining a safe and well-behaved home, and Mr. Smith uses their example as a template for working with families today.
From an early age, Mr. Smith has been passionate about working with children and families. It is this passion that drove Mr. Smith to become licensed as both a Mental Health Counselor - and Lawyer. And his experience in working with people in both the mental health and legal fields, as well as his own life experiences, has helped him better understand the concept of stress, depression, anxiety, and guilt. He understands the dynamic of oppression and abuse, and the effects that come from them. He has a great appreciation for the individual who desires to rise above her or his pain of the past, and who wants to learn to use that pain to forge a more beautiful future.
Life can be difficult, and yet – life can still be conquered.
In addition to mental health counseling and law, Mr. Smith is also a collaborative law trained mental health professional. He has remained great friends with his former wife, and together they raised a wonderful daughter . . . as a family. A divorced family is still a family, and navigating that rocky road can be done. It is not as difficult as many people think. Mr. Smith understands first-hand the benefits gained through respectful divorce and co-parenting.
235 S. Maitland Avenue, Suite 113
Maitland, Florida 32751