TRAUMA/PTSD/CHILDHOOD ABUSE, SEX THERAPY, SEXUAL ADDICTION, GENDER ISSUES, RELATIONSHIP ISSUES-MARITAL and pre-marital, Grief, anxiety, depression, Women’s health issues—infertility, miscarriages, Genetic issues, EMDR

The God whom I serve is the owner and creator of the universe, and He has graciously allowed me take care of some of His possessions, which I must lovingly do with integrity, compassion, and careful consideration.  I have been given the gifts of helping, teaching and encouraging, and it is imperative that I use them according to God’s will and plan for my life.

Special Interests

  • Individuals dealing with grief, depression, anxiety
  • Sexual dysfunctions
  • Sexual abuse, rape and molestation counseling
  • Sexual addiction counseling for individuals, spouses and couples
  • Sexuality and gender identity counseling
  • Women’s health issues
  • Couples and family issues
  • Infertility and pregnancy loss
  • Genetic disorders
  • Grief
  • Play Therapy
  • Internal Family Systems Therapy
  • EMDR

Education and Credentials

  • MS Human Genetics/Genetic Counseling, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York
  • MA Marriage  Family Therapy and Counseling, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi
  • BS Biology, Tougaloo College, Tougaloo, Mississippi
  • Training in Christian Sex Therapy and Christian Sexual Addiction Specialist, Institute for Sexual Wholeness, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Non-degree graduate studies in Clinical Psychology, Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi
  • Internal Family Systems Advanced Training
  • American Board of Christian Sex Therapists – Intern
  • American Association for the Certification of Christian Sexual Addiction Specialist-Intern
  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Gottman Couples Therapy, Level 3


  • American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy
  • American Marriage and Family Ministries
  • American Board of Christian Sex Therapists
  • American Association of Christian Counselors
  • American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists
  • New Hope Baptist Church, Jackson, Mississippi

General Information

Stephanie holds a Master’s degree in Human Genetics/Genetic Counseling and a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.  She has received additional graduate training for Christian Sex Therapy and Sexual Addiction Specialist.  Mrs. Smith-Jefferson has an extensive background in helping individuals and families cope with the joys, sorrows and pain encountered in their life’s journey.  She is also a Genetic Counselor with over 20 years experience and was the first Genetic Counselor in the state of Mississippi.  She has served as a consultant and speaker to many organizations.  She and her husband are the proud parents of two children.

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