Lura Smedstad

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About Me

In her counseling practice, Lura combines aspects of what 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. For many years, she has had the opportunity to support both adult and teen clients in the process of healing their lives. Lura specializes in helping her clients alleviate the effects of trauma, anxiety, and depression, as well as grief and loss issues. She helps them 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. According to Lura, “We all have a Voice of Wisdom within us. Part of what I do is to help clients get in touch with that Voice.”

I have been working as a Counselor and Therapist for many years. My primary work was partially accomplished as a Ministerial Partner with my husband who is a Unity Minister while serving Unity Churches in Clear Lake, Texas; Taos, New Mexico; Charlotte North Carolina; Hartford, Connecticut and Key West, Florida. In 1993, we relocated to Minneapolis, MN where we established a school with a three year course of study to support individuals in personal growth and spiritual maturity. We led the school for 10 years and attracted students from a variety of occupations and religious/spiritual affiliations. Many of our students came from "helping" occupations, (e.g., doctors, nurses. social workers, teachers, etc. ) and this taught us that our approach was valuable and timely.
I continued to work as I completed BA and Masters programs and had the advanced opportunity to do practicums in both Counseling and Art Therapy degrees while working for a Psychiatric hospital in Key West, Florida. In 2015 we left Florida, did another round of Interim ministry work in Hartford, CT before moving back permanently to Minneapolis, Minnesota. I joined an established counseling clinic as an associate and worked there from 2016 to 2021.
Because of COVID-19, I moved my practice to my home office and have been serving clientele on telehealth services ever since.

Ordained: Theophilus Divinity School 1995
BA in Fine Arts: Minneapolis College of Art and Design - St. Cloud State University, Saint Cloud, Minnesota 2006
Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling w/concentration in Art Therapy: Prescott College, Prescott, Arizona 2014

Minnesota LPC #1916 (expires 10-31-21)


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Family conflicts
  • Grief
  • Self esteem
Also experienced in:
Addictions , LGBT , Trauma and abuse , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Anger management , Career difficulties , Depression , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , First Responder Issues , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Therapy, Somatic Therapy

Years of Experience: 20

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LPC #01916 (Expires: 2022-10-31)


Written by I.S. on Nov 28, 2021 after therapy with Lura for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

Lura is very understanding and easy to talk to, she helps me to see different perspectives and brings humor into our sessions

Written by A.L. on Nov 25, 2021 after therapy with Lura for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

I am grateful for my sessions with Lura. She made understand different views on life. She showed me that I could love myself and not be so harsh. She made me feel loved and cared for. Lura is an amazing person & I plan to continue talking to her in the future.

Written by J.U. on Nov 12, 2021 after therapy with Lura for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and career difficulties

Lura has been a wonderful therapist to work with! She has a warm and caring perspective on a broad range of topics. She helped me through a challenging time and I found her advice very helpful! It would be great to continue therapy with her again in the near future:

Written by A.N. on Sep 28, 2021 after therapy with Lura for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Lura is extremely approachable, and comes to the table with empathy and a sense of humor.

Written by K.E. on Sep 13, 2021 after therapy with Lura for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, self esteem, and career difficulties

I have really enjoyed my sessions with Lura during my short time on betterhelp. She has provided a safe and comforting environment to express my feelings in my current life situation as well providing a non judgement space. I am never afraid to talk about any certain subject and she allows me to talk things through without interjecting or making me feel my feelings are invalid.

Written by P.A. on Aug 23, 2021 after therapy with Lura for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

Lura is a very kind and caring soul. She is a wonderful listener and shares helpful advice. Her smile is contagious. Her bubbly personality definitely puts a smile on my face when it is needed.