Living Wholehearted

May 23, 2023

Ep. 182 : Mental Health for Our Teens with Laura Smith

Mental health is a vital part of our spiritual formation. And teens are struggling big time today! If you are leading teens (at home or at work), listen in to this conversation. Laura Smith shares from her own story and experiences, as well as the wisdom she has learned from raising four teens herself. Laura is a Jesus lover, best-selling author, speaker, wife and mom. It took her years to discover her true beauty, to fully grasp who she is – made in the image of God. Her books are filled with concepts, stories and images to help others understand they are beautiful and made in the image of God as well, no matter what others might say. Laura is a storyteller and her hope is that her books, blogs, and speaking opportunities help others (young and old) discover what took her so long to see. Laura has authored many books, including; Restore my Soul, How Sweet the Sound, 5 Minute Devotions for Girls, 5 Minute Devotions for Teens: A Guide to God and Mental Health. As shared in the podcast, she has also written a series of young adult fiction novels that unpack the stories of real issues concerning girls, such as unhealthy dating, body image, and more.

To connect with Laura Smith, visit the following:


Facebook –
Twitter – @LauraLynnSmith
Instagram – @laurasmithauthor

Restore my Soul
How Sweet the Sound
5 Minute Devotions for Girls
​5 Minute Devotions for Teens: A Guide to God and Mental Health
[visit for more books for girls and a fiction series for young adults]



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About Jeff and Terra Mattson

Jeff Mattson (MA ORL) and Terra Mattson (MA LPC, LMFT) are Christian Parenting spokespeople and the co-hosts of the Living Wholehearted Podcast in the Christian Parenting Podcast Network.


After two decades studying and working in leadership and trauma-informed therapy, Jeff and Terra are bridging the gap between Biblical, clinical, and relational wisdom to help leaders live with integrity in the home, work, and community.


They are the co-founders of Living Wholehearted, a professional counseling and organizational development firm. Terra is the author of Courageous: Being Daughters Rooted in Grace and together they co-authored Shrinking the Integrity Gap: Between what Leaders Preach and Live. Jeff and Terra have skin in the game as they raise their two daughters just outside Portland, OR on five acres of old growth woods. There is never a dull moment in the Mattson home!


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