Joy Smith EdD

  "Each of us has the right and the responsibility to assess the roads which lie ahead and those over which we have traveled, and if the future roads loom ominous or unpromising, and the roads back uninviting, then we need to gather our resolve and, carrying only the necessary baggage, step off that road into another direction." -- Maya Angelou


Dr. Joy Smith holds licenses as Licensed Professional Counselor in Alabama and Tennessee and Licensed Psychologist in Tennessee. She has over thirty-five years clinical experience in private practice and academic settings. Her current focus with Pathlight Center is on life skills and emotional and spiritual wellness with classes and seminars for those seeking tools for positive life change.

For ten years, Dr. Smith served as Clinical Director of one of the largest counseling centers in the Maryville, Tennessee area. In addition to counseling services, the center focused on wellness education for adults and children. For a number of years, she served as adjunct faculty for university psychology and education graduate programs where teaching responsibilities included training and supervision of graduate counseling and psychology interns.

Her past experience includes work as a behavioral consultant to schools, drawing from her experience as a school psychologist and teacher. As a presenter for state and national professional counseling, academic and mental health organizations she has provided training for physicians, clinicians and educators.

Dr. Smith received her doctoral degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Dr. Smith can be contacted at

A Few Words About PathLight Center LLC


  We are here to help. If you or your family are struggling with life's bumps in the road, having a trained professional as a partner in solutions can make the difference. Most everyone will encounter times when their lives take an unexpected detour. Sometimes dreams are lost and it becomes difficult to find the way back. Our goal is to partner with and assist individuals, children and families in developing a positive, workable plan to reclaim their dreams and life goals. All of our participants are very important to us and we invest and rejoice in their new directions and positive outcomes.