Jodi Smith, MS LMFT Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
Jodi holds a master's degree in marriage and family therapy from St. Cloud State University. She has over 10 years of experience in the mental health field treating children, adolescents, couples, and families. As a Christian, she finds purpose and fulfillment in her work that leads her to be compassionate and understanding throughout the client’s healing process. She instills hope and enlightenment as the client shares their story, and where that story is held delicately throughout the therapeutic process. Jodi’s approach is influenced by family systems and attachment theory. Jodi is trained in Brainspotting, Phase 1, by David Grande. Also, trained in Gottman’s Level 1 Relational Therapy Model. She assists clients toward becoming empowered by their self-worth, and works collaboratively to reach their ideal goal of success and progress. She provides a supportive, humorous, and safe environment where she makes it possible to connect on a therapeutic level. Her special interests and enthusiasm surround work with: couples, marital difficulties, intimacy concerns, interpersonal communication, boundary setting, women’s issues, parenting skills, adolescents, children, attachment disturbances, child development, unresolved or ambiguous loss, Christian counseling and spirituality, trauma, self-esteem, financial management, work related issues, anxiety, depression, sensory integration issues, self and emotional regulation, developmental stages of the life span, and stress management.
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 Viktor Fankl
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:5
Alison Perry, MA LPCC Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
Alison holds a master’s degree from the University of Saint Thomas and has a strong passion for serving others through therapy. She had a goal from a young age to counsel others in times of distress, and now fulfills this aspiration by supporting her community with an eclectic and collaborative approach. As every client is unique, she draws from several frameworks, including Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Relational, Emotion-focused, Existential, Mindfulness based practices, and others fit to particular client needs. She is passionate about Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which she utilizes to help clients reprocess past traumatic experiences & memories. She also completed, Level 1 & 2 of Gottman’s Relational Therapy Models, in order to improve the myriad of relationships within her clients’ lives. Alison strives for a collaborative relationship using non-judgmental validation, humor, accountability, and appropriate challenges to improve one’s sense of self and reach goals best fitting their personal experiences. Her strengths include mood disorders, anxiety, adjustment disorders & life transitions, grief work, parenting stressors, parents of special needs children, self esteem, family/relational conflicts, women’s issues, sexuality, LGBT support, emotion regulation, stress management, work conflict, and trauma. Alison enjoys working with teens (13+), adults, and couples, to build empowerment and coping skills that will help clients well into the future they create.
“The lotus flower blooms most beautifully from the deepest and thickest mud.” ~ Buddhist Proverb
Rum River Counseling Phone (763) 482-9598 Fax (612) 235-6447