Lura Lee Smedstad, MS
Lura has combined aspects of what she loves the most, effective therapeutic art processes (see the blog section on this website), and a sound cognitive behavioral therapy approach to create a counseling practice that brings healing and support to both adult and teenaged clients. She specializes in helping her clients alleviate the effects of trauma, anxiety, depression, grief and loss issues to establish workable, sustainable life goals and healthy relationships. Her clients describe her approach as “direct but compassionate!” and uniquely suited to each individual or couple who meet with her.
Lura holds a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from St Cloud State University and a Master’s in Science in Mental Health Clinical Counseling with a concentration in Expressive Arts Therapies from Prescott College in Arizona.
Lura has lived and worked in such diverse communities as Vancouver, British Columbia; Seattle Washington; Taos, New Mexico; Houston Texas; Charlotte, North Carolina; Hartford, Connecticut, and Key West, Florida. From 1993 to 2005, Lura served on the board and taught classes for Theophilus Divinity School, a three-year course of study in personal and spiritual growth here in Minneapolis. During her six years living in Key West, Lura worked full time in the Behavioral Health Department of the Lower Keys Medical Center. “Coming back to Minneapolis and all of the friends we have here, feels perfect for both my husband and me,” said Lura.