Uplift & Inspire

Growing In Hope Counseling was developed for the purpose of offering encouragement to others in whatever season of their lives they may find themselves.  In doing so, three key elements are addressed:  reshaping thought patterns, building faith, and restoring hope.  "As a man thinks, so is he."  Proverbs 23:7

Hello and welcome!  I'm Andrea Smith, the founder of Growing In Hope Counseling (GIHC).  Here's a little background information about me.  I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of Georgia and a Certified EMDR Therapist and Trauma Specialist.  My clinical background includes working with individuals who have shared stories of rejection, abandonment, and spiritual and emotional brokenness. This journey began over 25 years ago.  Listening to others share their stories, while helping them work towards healing, is one of my greatest joys.  I also happen to love to dance, watching old movies/TV shows, and drinking sweet tea.

Growing In Hope Counseling was originally launched in 2010 under a different name and reimagined in 2019. Because I enjoy diving into my many interests, GIHC serves as an umbrella for multiple services: psychotherapy, EMDR, somatic techniques and movement, workshops, and retreats.  I use a holistic approach, which is centered around restoring hope, faith, and healing.