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An Interview with Joanna Raabsmith, MFTI!


 We have deeply enjoyed having Joanna Raabsmith on staff as a Therapist at Relationships For Better for about six months – she is truly a compassionate and insightful Therapist!


Joanna received her Master of Science in Marital and Family Therapy and Master of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary. She lives in the San Gabriel Valley with her husband, daughter and dog. Joanna is passionate about the importance of balancing spiritual, emotional, and physical health. In addition to Therapy, Joanna teaches yoga and develops marital retreats for pastors and their spouses.  Today, we have the opportunity to get to know this gifted and skilled Therapist a little better!

-Megan Lundgren, LMFT


Joanna, why is psychotherapy important to you?

So many of us find ourselves trapped, caught in unhealthy cycles and relationship patterns, hopeless but wanting change. I want to come alongside you, helping you find insight into those patterns and discover the healing truths about yourself. This moment of insight opens up the possibility of change, allowing you to live your best self in all relationships. Psychotherapy is important to me because it works! I have witnessed psychotherapy bring about the transforming journey from a place of hopelessness to place of freedom in my own life and in the lives of my clients.


What kinds of  people do you feel are an especially good fit for therapy with you?

I have had a lot of success working with couples in transforming their interactions to restore love and trustworthiness to their relationship. I also enjoy working with individuals, helping them in their pursuit of a life well lived.


How would you describe therapy with you?

Therapy with me is a journey that begins with discovery and understanding of your story, as you share your pain, passions, and hopes in a safe environment. As trust is developed, we begin to work as a team, helping you discover obstacles and opportunities to greater health.


Sounds great! What’s one thing that you think is important for readers to know before they come to therapy?

The best time to come to therapy is now! Your path to a healthier future begins by taking concrete steps in the right direction. If you are in crisis, you will begin to learn skills to manage and heal from the pain. Even if you are not in crisis, working with me to develop healthy patterns will create a solid foundation for whatever life may bring you in the future.


Any last words for our readers?

I look forward to hearing your story and helping you find healing and restoration in your life and relationships. Please call today and we can begin that process!


Thanks, Joanna! We value your commitment to serving through therapy!


Joanna Raabsmith can be reached at 626.803.2236 or emailed at


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