Lura Lee Smedstad, MS
Combining aspects of things she loves the most: a deep regard for the spiritual source within every person; effective therapeutic art processes, and a sound cognitive behavioral therapy approach, Lura has had the opportunity to support both adult and teen clients in the process of healing their lives. She specializes in helping her clients alleviate the effects of trauma, anxiety, depression, grief and loss issues and 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 and a Master’s in Science in Mental Health Clinical Counseling with a concentration in Expressive Arts Therapies from Minnesota’s St. Cloud State University and Arizona’s Prescott College, respectively. Lura’s background includes an established practice in Spiritual Counseling and Transformational Breathwork Certification.
While living in Vancouver, Canada, Lura met and married her Unity Minister husband, the Reverend Phil Smedstad in 1985. Joining Phil in ministry, Lura has lived and worked in such diverse communities as Seattle Washington; Taos, New Mexico; Houston Texas; Charlotte, North Carolina; Hartford, Connecticut, and Key West, Florida. In 1993, Phil and Lura established Theophilus Divinity School, a three-year course of study in personal and spiritual growth here in Minneapolis. Lura was ordained in 1995 and continued to oversee the school until 2005, when Phil was called to a Unity ministry in Charlotte, NC. While serving in Key West, Lura studied for her Master’s degree and worked full time for three years in the Behavioral Health Unit of the Lower Keys Medical Center.