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Welcome to Journey Forward for Life! So often it seems we have little support in our quest to be a better person; we feel alone. Not here! Journey Forward for Life is a community of people who are committed to growing toward emotional balance and ultimately enjoying this messy, complicated and amazing thing called life.

– Karen Thacker

Services

Counseling Services 

For the couple or individual who want traditional counseling. Areas covered: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Anger, Depression, Recovery, Relationship Issues, and Career Issues. I equip you with understanding and tools so you can manage your mood, improve relationships, change unwanted behavior, and capitalize on your talents. Read More

 Marriage Intensive 

The Smalley Marriage Intensive provides concentrated time to work on and solve issues in your marriage. Learn to break down the walls of unforgiveness and bitterness. Build practical skills to improve communication, resolve conflict and rebuild trust, no matter what has happened. Safe and confidential.  Read More

Workshops & Courses

Workshops and Courses are a supplement for times when you want a bit more guidance or want to delve more deeply into a topic. The workshops are offered through video content you can watch on your own. You can also participate in group video chats to ask specific questions you might have.  Read more.

Journey Forward Workbook 

Tired of making the same mistakes over and over again? Are your relationships sub-par? Do you have moments of clarity when you realize the way you are functioning in life is not getting you what you want? The Journey Forward Workbook is designed to help you stop living in autopilot and start taking control of your life through Awareness, Thought and Emotion Processing, setting Boundaries, Self Care, developing healthy Community, and changing your Neural Pathways.  Created by Karen Thacker and illustrated by Kaiulani Paulus, this beautiful and insightful workbook has the potential to be the catalyst to life long positive changes. This just might be the moment you actually begin to Journey Forward! 

I love the adult coloring aspect of this resource. It allows me to not only feed my soul but my creative side.   ~ Susie 

Blog

Give Yourself The Gift Of Love

Give Yourself The Gift Of Love

How can you love yourself? Through simple acts like eating good food, getting enough sleep, going for a walk, listening to the birds, getting together with friends, or reading a good book. It can be through more complicated actions like learning to knit, getting a...

Meeting People Right Where They Are

Meeting People Right Where They Are

Sometimes we forget that people are simply in need of being seen right where they are. When we meet a very tangible need, it can pave the way for a person to move forward. This is true for my daughter, Anna. She is still in Durham, NC almost four months since her lung...