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John Smith

John Smith

John Smith headshotJohn is a Certified Professional Life Coach who has over 30 years of experience coaching countless individuals, couples and families through complex relational issues towards a healthy and productive place. John provides empathy, understanding, and skillful wisdom in a supportive environment as you share disappointments, dream new dreams, begin to heal, grow and create new possibilities leading to new outcomes.

Areas of Focus

Personal Life Coach: During these stressful times you may find yourself at a crossroads. It may be a job, relationship, health or existential crisis. John has over 30 years experience in a pastoral setting and now in private practice helping people navigate various crises of life. Being a cancer survivor himself, John has invaluable experience and empathy for those transitioning through unexpected life events. As you readjust to a new lifestyle, John will help you to redfine your life's purpose and find deeper meaning. John's life purpose is to compassionately and skillfully help you navigate through the roadblocks and obstacles that are preventing you from moving forward.

Coaching is a dynamic and effective way to experience greater freedom, joy and direction in your life. You live your life, instead of life living you! John will help you clarify your values, strengths and abilities in support of your life goals.

Communication: Good communication is not inherent nor a set of skills we are naturally born with. Too often people pick up toxic and maladaptive habits that lead to misunderstandings and lifelong relational pain. Communication comes through skillful understanding of each other, discipline, and the ability to manage our conversations in a way that allows us to reach clarity and closure in our conversations. John has the experience and knowledge to help you identify your communication style and to help you work through those areas of your life that have built up over the years causing unrest and turmoil.

Boundaries Coaching: John helps individuals who feel disempowered, false guilt, an inability to say no, and directionless, develop and establish healthy boundaries that protect love and strengthen relationships.You don't have to let the needs of everyone around you dictate your life. You can learn to make deliberate choices that have more impact on your life and others. Using Christ-centered principles, John will help you map out a clear path to taking ownership of your life.  

Identifying Control: It seems as if in the last months we've all lost control in some respect. In seeking to regain footing many may subconsciously try to take control back by manipulating and/or overpowering those closest to them. John will help you identify the issues of control that are disrupting your life.  The key is understanding that there is only one thing we can control and that is ourselves. John will help you to refocus and align your heart towards greater self-empowerment leading to less frustration and deeper relationships. 

Marriage Coaching: John helps couples deepen their connection, strengthen their communication and find joy again through encouraging and equipping them with Godly wisdom, practical tools and solutions. John's marriage coaching is Gottman method informed integrating the best evidence based practice with Godly principles. John will help you evaluate your goals for marriage through the lens of God’s design and purpose for you and your spouse. God’s plan for your marriage is brilliant.

Affair/Infidelity Recovery: John helps couples in crisis work through the pain of betrayal to build the trust needed to move forward into a life of purpose together. Love can be nurtured again and thrive greater than before! This recovery not only helps the couple, but helps provide healing to the entire family as families are kept intact and legacies thrive.

Certified Premarital Coach: John helps couples prepare for a lifelong love like only God could design. Coaching couples will gain the knowledge they need before they settle into destructive patterns that often lead to divorce. John is a trained SYMBIS facilitator, who provides SYMBIS assessments and tools to help couples identify areas of strength to build on and areas that need growth. Couples who take part in premarital coaching experience a 30% increase in marital success and fulfillment over those who do not participate.

Everyone goes through difficult seasons in their life. Difficult seasons may take on the shape of troubled marriages, rocky family relationships, an uncertain life transition, or simply the fear of an unknown future. Right now all of us are going through a challenging season. None of us are immune. It is during these times we could all benefit from extended support, encouragement and guidance that is faith based and Christ-centered. John will inspire and coach you through this season by bringing clarity to your life. He will allow you to discover how uniquely and beautifully God has created you and to help you experience more fully than ever that you completely loved and never alone.

Call today to make a confidential appointment. A life lived with peace, joy and purpose is only a phone call away.

3.5x5heart-rock-in-stream-2John's education includes:

* Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Farleigh Dickenson University
* Master’s Degree in Divinity from Baptist Bible Seminary
* Certified Professional Life Coach from Fowler International Academy of Professional Coaching.
* SYMBIS Premarital/Marital Counseling Facilitator 

John has been married for over 42 years and has three children who love and serve the Lord.

Appointment Locations: Deland and Oviedo 
To schedule an appointment with John,
call John at 386-801-1291 or email

John also offers secure, confidential and HIPAA compliant Telehealth (videoconferencing) sessions to anyone right from your laptop or phone at home or work. This can be a great option if you travel, live out of state, or if you or someone you love has an at risk or vulnerable health status. 


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