The JOURNEY is the Desination!
The Journey Center for Healing Arts was founded in 2009, by psychotherapist, Sybil R Smith. Taking a community perspective to healing, through networking deep in the community, we are able to offer truly holistic healing for our clients – mind, body, spirit, and relationships.
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2700 S Roan Street, Suite 410
Johnson City, TN 37601
M-F: 10am - 6pm
LCSW, Psychotherapist, Trauma Specialist
I’ve been serving in the helping field since 1999, working with adults who suffer from mental health conditions including anxiety, depression, trauma, and those facing life changing medical conditions. Through compassion and a holistic perspective I invite my clients to seek to understand how they go about trying to meet their needs for safety, support, expression, understanding, worth, and connection with others. Many times our intentions are not having the impact we desire. And frustrated, we either give up or repeat the same actions while hoping for a different outcome. Assisting you in compassionate self study can help to deepen awareness of the interconnectedness of your experience of bodily sensations, internal images, feelings, thoughts, and belief systems. Self-awareness enables us to navigate ourselves and relationships in a more informed manner. This permits our strengths and positive intentions to have the impact we desire within ourselves, relationships, and the society we live in. My approach is influenced by the frameworks of Haikomi-Mindfulness-Based Experiential Psychotherapy, Somatic Experiencing, Gestalt, and Existentialism. After working in Asheville for over a decade, I’m happy to experience the change of pace in East Tennessee and bring mindfulness practices to this side of the mountain.
LPC-MHSP, Child & Adolescent Counselor
I have been working with children and adolescents since I graduated with my Masters of Arts in Counseling from East Tennessee State University in 2011. I have experience in both the school and clinical setting.
My therapy approach is based on empathy, genuineness, unconditional positive regard, and acceptance. I believe change can occur in a person when they are able to show compassion to themselves, to others, and to their situation. I seek to empower individuals to become their most authentic self.
I work with teenagers and adults who are struggling to truly love themselves based on a certain situation, relationship, or upbringing. Sometimes we need reminders of how great we are.
I also work with school aged children. I primarily see kids who are struggling with a parents’ divorce, new blended family, or anxiety issues.
Being a licensed counselor and helping kids has always felt more like a calling than a job. I love my work, especially my work with children and adolescents! I greatly enjoy continuing to learn and grow in the field, and I am currently training to become a Registered Play Therapist. Being in The Journey Center office brings me peace and it is a place I feel supported and cared for. I hope all who walk through our door feel this too. The other joys in my life are my husband, our two dogs, and the adventures we have together!
LPC-MHSP, Individual & Couples Counseling
I am a therapist because so many of us are suffering, struggling, maybe gasping for air…alone. Healing happens in the context of community and relationship and I consider it an honor to be a part of another human being’s healing. In over two decades of counseling, I have learned that I never stop learning—about people, about healing, about what is helpful and what is not. I approach every session from a position of respect and curiosity. I realize that making the step to come to counseling often comes with feelings of vulnerability and that I am being invited to do sacred work.
I understand how our culture pressures us to do more, be more, and accomplish a never ending list of tasks, leading us to feel that there’s no way we can catch up, measure up, or be good enough. My offering as a counselor is to walk alongside children, adolescents, and adults living with symptoms of depression, anxiety, stress, post-partum issues, infertility, parenting, and family challenges in a quest for hope and healing.
In the therapeutic relationship, I seek first to make a connection by learning about your experience and life—not just by hearing—but by intentionally listening to who you are and about your vision for your life. I do this by being open and getting to know you. I then explore with you possibilities for reaching
your fullest potential. And always, I encourage you, your strengths, and your innate resilience to move toward spiritual, emotional, and psychological health.
LPCS, MT-BC, FAMI, Psychotherapist
I’ve been in the helping field since 2004, and a supervisor since 2013. I work primarily with adults and couples with mental health issues including relationship strain, life transitions, anxiety, trauma, and disordered eating. My approach is eclectic, tailored to each clients’ needs, and draws from mindfulness, expressive arts, creativity, gestalt, and trauma-informed models. I feel honored to walk with people through the hard work of healing from a hard past. It’s my mission to make healing from the hard parts of life a joyful journey.
M.S. Marriage and Family Counselor
I have a passion for helping others to build healthy connections, whether that is within themselves as individuals or within a couple or family dynamic. My theoretical approach utilizes theories of mindfulness, emotional-focused therapy, experiential therapy, and CBT, specifically rational-emotive behavioral therapy. I graduated from East Tennessee State University in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice and have spent the last five years working as a mentor and academic coach with at-risk youth in Johnson City. My goal is to use my degree in marriage, family, and couples counseling from Walden University to become a social change agent to meet the needs of our ever-changing society. A core value that I have is the celebration of diversity, which is also a primary focus of the Journey Center of Healing Arts. It indeed is a safe space for all who enter, and I am thrilled to complete my master’s degree in marriage, couple, and family counseling at a practice dedicated and driven to improve the quality of mental health services in our community.
Marriage & Family Intern
Chelsea is currently enrolled in a Masters in Counseling program, focused on Couples & Family Therapy, and she is also the Intern at The Journey Center for Healing Arts. Chelsea is particularly passionate about helping people manage persistent stress, anxiety, and depression through mindfulness-based interventions; using body-based techniques for the healing of trauma and abuse in families; and helping people re-claim a sense of balance and peace in the present moment.