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Para Vita

The name Para Vita is derived from the greek prefix "Para", meaning beside, and the Latin word "Vita", meaning life because our goal at Para Vita is to walk along side our clients as they build better lives and relationships. After 15 years in private practice our founder, Dr. Ryan Smith, had a vision for taking his vast knowledge of relationship dynamics beyond the walls of a therapeutic practice. While we do offer traditional therapeutic services, Para Vita was built to provide relationship training to couples, families, businesses, corporate teams, leadership groups, and industries where human relationships are a key to thriving. Whether you are here because you would like us to help you optimize your own personal relationships or here because it's an important part of your industry, if relationship growth is your goal, Para Vita can provide what you're looking for. 

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Our mission is to provide expert relationship support and training to families, businesses, and corporate teams. We believe that strong relationships are the foundation of both life and business and we are committed to helping our clients build and maintain healthy, fulfilling connections. Whether you need to optimize your personal relationships, your professional relationships, or you work in a field that requires a deeper understanding of relationship dynamics, with our expert guidance and support, we can help.


Our vision is to ensure that human relationships remain the primary focal point for families and businesses in an increasingly digital world. We don't just want human connection to survive the digital revolution, we want it to thrive in the midst of it. We make better families, better companies, and  better team, by making better relationships. 

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Dr. Ryan Smith



Dr. Ryan holds a Ph.D. in Counselor Education with an emphasis in Marriage and Family as well as a Master's in Counseling from Texas A&M University-Commerce. He maintains licenses from the state of Texas as a Marriage and Family Therapist Supervisor and a Professional Counselor Supervisor.

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