Annalisa Smithson (she/her)

MA, MEd

As an animal-assisted therapist, I believe in the healing power of nature, mindfulness, and genuine human connection.

Therapist in Exton, PA

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Services
  • Individual
  • Couples
  • Adolescent/Teen

About My Clients

My ideal client loves dogs, has a sense of humor, and is ready for change. You may be experiencing anxiety, depression, or extreme stress. These symptoms could be related to addiction in your family, isolation from your community, or lack of support during a major change in your life. We're here to support you.

My Background and Approach

As an animal-assisted therapist, I strongly believe in the healing power of nature. Benji, my animal assistant, has unique insights during a therapy session that our human senses miss. He knows when you need a loving touch (paw or nose) or when you need space. He can sense when it's time to play and enjoy the healing process through laughter. He has a soothing way of leaning into your legs when he senses sadness or tears. My own expertise in narrative counseling laid a good foundation for the creative, specialized field of animal-assisted therapy. Narrative therapy teaches us to open our minds, separate our authentic selves from our problems, and retell our stories with new, empowering endings. I can help you rewrite your own story, with new ways of tackling problems and overcoming challenges.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I realized early on that the suburbs are sorely lacking in quality LGBTQ-affirming counseling centers. And finding a sex-positive, kink-friendly therapist without driving into the city felt like a near-impossibility. That's why I made it my goal to not only offer affirming therapy, but to become an educator for counseling students and to provide meaningful research and writing on this issue.

At A Glance

  • Experience: 1 year of practice
  • Rate: $60 - 90/session

Info

484-433-4370 Email Annalisa
47 Marchwood Road
Suite 2A-8
Exton, PA 19341

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