Born on the Bayou
Jambalaya and a crawfish pie file gumbo! I’m Misty and I was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. As a creole baby, I love Cajun food, a good conversation on the back porch, and, of course, the LSU Tigers (Geaux Tigers, Geaux!). My husband, Aaron, and I are both LSU alumni that have recently traded gazing at the swamp in our backyard for the hills of Arlington, Tennessee. In 2015, we became brand new Memphians! We’ve received such a warm welcome here. The Southern hospitality is equally as generous and the culture equally as rich as that of Louisiana. We’re proud to call Memphis our new home!
In March 2012, after being married for four years, Aaron and I had the first of our trio of girls, Eden. Eden is a girl that loves a good adventure, so naturally she is having the time of her life as we explore the Bluff City. She is energetic, determined, a true leader. Elyana (“Elly”) came next in September 2013, just a short 17 months later. Elly is a kind, old soul that likes to cuddle, read books, and make us laugh. In June 2015, the third Smith girl made her debut, and we named her Elise. Elise is quiet and laid back with the biggest cheeky grin! So, that’s the Smith Sisterhood for you! Three girls under four means at least one person is crying at any given minute of the day. For this reason, I’m thankful that I have professional training in Psychology and Counseling!
I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Provisionally Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I have worked in private practice mental health clinics since 2007. I like to say I birthed two babies in 2012, Eden and Baton Rouge Counseling Associates, along with two other business partners. The work that I’ve done as a counselor is a big part of who I am. I care deeply about people that are hurting and desire to be a healing presence in their lives. It has been an honor to work with clients suffering from anxiety, depression, trauma, and grief. These are the bravest, most courageous people I know.
Message for Moms
Many of the clients I’ve worked with have been moms. Moms are harder on themselves (and sometimes each other) than anyone else. I want moms to know they’re doing better than they think they are. Moms, we are valued and treasured. We are strong and beautiful. We’ve been fearfully and wonderfully made. We are loved and appreciated. We have the most awesome job! When we moved to Memphis, I transitioned from full-time working therapist to stay-at-home mom. My therapy couch is currently in our bonus room being used as a fort (or princess castle as Eden and Elly say). My office has changed, but my clients haven’t; I’m still working with women (although little) that desperately need to hear the truth and experience love. I hope that I’m able to impart the same wisdom I’ve shared with my clients to my three precious girls.
I love reading, researching, writing, and learning. I usually have about five or six books I’m reading simultaneously! Aaron and I always end up at Barnes and Noble when we go on dates. I love volunteering with my church and serving in the local community and abroad. I love traveling and experiencing new cultures and languages. I love organizing things and working on projects at home. I love cooking and trying new restaurants. I love crazy moments in the morning when all my babies are piled in bed with me and quiet moments at night when they’re fast asleep. I love the concept of family and the beautiful mess that it is!