"We spend so much time treating the darkness, 
and so little time seeking the light." 
​- Marianne Williamson
Bringing the Science of Resilience and Well-Being to Recovery
Addiction wreaks havoc on millions of lives around the world, and there are many successful approaches and methods aimed at treating this devastating disease. These treatment approaches are critical to addressing the very real physical, emotional, mental and spiritual consequences that plague those suffering with addiction as well as their loved ones. Nevertheless, many individuals and couples who experience progress and success in recovery still find themselves living in the gap between crisis and true thriving in their lives and relationships. The Clear Mind Project is a movement on a mission to fill that gap with applied positive psychology and resilience techniques. 
Go from Surviving to Thriving. 

Positive Psychology is best explained in the words of its founder, Dr. Martin Seligman, as the 'scientific study of optimal human functioning' and is an applied approach to building well-being and psychological health.  Whether you're struggling in individual or relationship recovery or simply want to protect and expand the progress you've already made, these principles and tools will help you. 

​Positive Psychology does not seek to ignore or gloss over pain and disease. Instead, it simply means that the absence or maintenance of illness does not equal well-being, just as the absence of addictive behavior does not necessarily equal recovery. The farther above neutral you live, the less likely you are to slip back below zero! 
​Use your Pain as Fuel. 

This Clear Mind Project approach is about balancing the focus on strengths as well as weaknesses, on wellness and not just illness, and on potential, not just limitations. Empowerment is effective. The methodology is based on six research-based pathways to flourishing; Positive Emotion, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, Achievement, and Vitality (PERMA-V). Together, these principles, tools and techniques bring well-being to one of the communities that needs and deserves it most. Everyone is capable of realizing and living their full potential. 



free from darkness, obscurity or cloudiness. transparent. sharply defined. easily heard.



the element, part, substance, or process that reasons, thinks, feels, wills, perceives, judges, etc. 



an individual or collaborative enterprise that is carefully planned and designed to achieve a particular aim. 

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You're in charge - Create your own customized package! 
  1. Individuals
    One-on-one sessions to work on specific areas or topics; scheduled as needed or in a series of targeted work. Available in person (Baltimore) or virtual.
  2. Couples
    Focused specifically on building and practicing positive relationship & communication skills; can be customized on specific target areas. Available in person (Baltimore) or virtual.
  3. Groups
    Topic-focused workshops & short term working groups focused on principles & skillsets; Offered in person and virtually.
  4. Retreats
    Intensives designed to get a surge of well-being and resilience in a short amount of time; Develop and sustain a support network through shared experiences. To be announced.
I'd love to hear from you! If you want to schedule a free consult, ask questions, or
request group or workshop topics - select below to contact me! 
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RECOVER Well-Being
​​ Positive Psychology is a fairly new and rapidly growing field that applies scientific study to what individuals and communities need in order to flourish in life. ​​
Simply put, it's about building what's right with you, not just fixing what's wrong and eliminating suffering.  ​​

The PERMA-V Model is a collective approach to well-being based on six key pathways. Each pathway combines research, measurement, tools and positive intervention practices that will bring power to your recovery. 

Have you had an experience where one trigger changed the entire course of your day, week, month?

Negative emotions aren't bad, nor are obstacles. Feelings bring us important signals and challenges allow us the opportunity to grow. However, when we spend a lot of time hovering right above "neutral,"  it doesn't take much to revisit old, familiar coping skills that didn't serve us well - and before we know it we're back in the negative. Healthy recovery includes the ability to experience a full range of experiences and emotions without sliding backward or becoming stuck. These tools expand the capacity to cope with negative events, enhance positive experiences and build the flexibility to move freely through all human emotions.

The goal: Build the best things in addition to repairing the worst things. 

The result: Stronger, healthier recovery and balanced sense of well-being. 

RECOVER Resilience.​ 
Science tells us that people are naturally resilient, and the vast majority of people experience a combination of resilience and even post-traumatic growth when faced with adversity in life. Still, those suffering with addiction along with their loved ones experience a significant amount of trauma before, during, and even throughout the recovery process, which makes resilience even more challenging. The good news: 

Resilience is a teachable mindset and skillset that can be developed and amplified. 

Dr. Christopher Peterson, one of the most widely cited psychologists and leaders in positive psychology, explained resilience as "the ability to struggle well." While we can't take the necessary struggles out of recovery, we can greatly influence our ability to manage those struggles better and emerge as stronger people. 

The Bounce Back BetterTM System is a resilience skills training program that will teach you key skills and theories to be more effective and adaptable in the world. Consisting of 12 Basic Building Blocks for Bouncing Back Better, this program builds mental, emotional and physical resilience through four progressive levels of competence. Gain a sense of personal mastery over your life and recovery to better handle whatever life throws your way. 

Sample Well-Being Topics​​

Sample Resilience Topics​​

  • ​The science of gratitude  
  • Broadening and building with positive emotion 
  • Wellness vs. illness
  • Self-awareness, self-compassion, self-care 
  • Self-regulation techniques
  • Savoring, mindfulness & meditation 
  • Psychology of flow, and how to get more 
  • Choice & autonomy in life satisfaction 
  • Foundations of thriving relationships 
  • The trust formula
  • Active-constructive responding 
  • Neurobiology of belief & spirituality 
  • Self-determination 
  • Measurements & interventions for meaning 
  • Hope & change theory 
  • Habit & ritual 
  • Facilitating change 
  • Psychosomatic & Somatic-psychic principles 
  • Stress & calm in the nervous system
  • Sleep & well-being
  • Physical activity for depression and mood 
  • Inflammation in the body 
  • Mind-body medicine 
  • Growth mindset; the path of learning 
  • Emotional power; befriending negative emotions 
  • Physical activity; adding movement to your life 
  • Reframing criticism; redirecting debilitating thoughts 
  • Thoughts & Feelings; understanding and shifting triggers
  • Breathing; creating calm & balancing your nervous system
  • Working with worry; uncovering basic truths about fear 
  • Managing your energy; reducing your vulnerability 
  • Feeding resilience; fueling your body 
  • Mind over chatter; mastering unproductive thoughts 
  • Emotional mastery; feeling your feelings without getting stuck 
  • Physical mastery; using your body to reset your mind 
Because you're WORTH IT.  

Workshops & Programs Coming in 2017

A Twist on the 12 Steps  

  • 12 steps to well-being
  • Positive Psychology principles and interventions for each of the steps  

How Mindset Impacts Recovery 

  • Growth vs. Fixed Mindset
  • Benefits of the Learning Path
  • Recognizing the Judger Pit  
  • The Role of Choice

The 4 Horsemen of Relationship Apocalypse 

  • Based on the work of John Gottman: 
  • Criticism, Contempt, Defensiveness, Stonewalling
  • How to recognize patterns 
  • Techniques to change the conversation 

Interested? Contact below and I'll update you with details! 

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I believe in YOU. 
About Me 
My own life experiences led me to pursue education and training to help people solve problems similar to mine, and my personal journey and growth process has deepened my passion and excitement because I know from experience that relief and restoration really is possible. I have done a lot of personal work and collected a lot of tools along the way that I love sharing with others. Most importantly, my experience has served as a critical motivator and allows me to relate to your experiences first hand. While education and training are absolutely necessary, I believe nothing can substitute having gone through similar experiences and relating on that personal and intimate level when working with clients.

My education, training and experience background includes a unique combination of skills, fields and philosophies:
  • Coaching: Certified Professional Coach (CPC) and Certified Addiction Recovery Coach (CAC)
  • Counseling: Master's Degree in Psychology and post-Master's study in Counseling Psychology
  • Certified Positive Psychology Practitioner (CAPP) 
  • ​Consulting: Certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Change Management Specialist (CMS)

The culmination of this training and experience inspired me to make a "project" out of improving the lives of as many people as possible! My career and jobs have taken me a lot of places over the years but the passion has never waned, and I never stop learning or become complacent in my own ideas. This is not just a job to me, and you're not just another client. My clients give me purpose and meaning, and coaching allows me to channel my passion in a way that makes a difference. There isn't much more anyone could ask for, so thank you, from the bottom of my heart.  
My Commitments to You: 

  1. You are in the driver's seat - I'm just holding the map. I will customize our focus around your goals and life circumstances. 
  2. I will never suggest anything I haven't personally done or wouldn't be willing to personally do myself. It seems only fair!
  3. The journey is judgment-free. I'm your advocate and I'm interested in building you up not tearing you down. Safety in the coaching relationship is absolutely critical to me. I meet clients where they are, not where I think they should be.
  4. Privacy: I follow the International Coaching Federation's Code of Ethics and all conversations are confidential.
  5. Patience. Change is hard, period.
  6. Honesty. I promise to be direct and clear in our interactions as truth is a guiding principle in my own life.
  7. Humility. I'm on the growth journey with you and I learn something from everyone I meet. I won't forget this when we work together.
Monica J. Smith, MA, CPC, CAC, CAPP
Founder, The Clear Mind Project 
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