dr kathleen smith

Meet Kathleen

Dr. Kathleen Smith helps busy humans build better relationships.

Kathleen Smith, PhD, LPC is an author, licensed therapist, and expert on relationship systems. She helps individuals and organizations learn to think differently about their relationship challenges and begin to operate more thoughtfully and less anxiously.

Kathleen teaches leaders around the globe how to “think systems,” from the Office of the Secretary of the Defense to the United Methodist Church. She serves as an associate faculty member of the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family, teaching clinicians, clergy, and business leaders in the center’s training programs. Kathleen earned her undergraduate degree at Harvard University and completed her graduate degrees at The George Washington University.

Kathleen is the author of Everything Isn’t Terrible: Conquer Your Insecurities, Interrupt Your Anxiety, and Finally Calm Down, a funny, practical guide that breaks down psychotherapy concepts into accessible stories of change. Her upcoming book, True to You: A Therapist’s Guide to Stop Pleasing Others and Starting Being Yourself, launches in July 2024.

Kathleen has written essays for popular publications such as Slate, Salon, New York Magazine, Psychology Today, and many others. She’s been interviewed in The New York Times, The Washington Post, GQ, Women’s Health, and many other publications. 

Her favorite part of the work week is writing her weekly therapy newsletter, The Anxious Overachiever, which has over 11,000 subscribers on Substack. People are hungry for practical, theory-based thinking in today’s anxious world, and Kathleen enjoys connecting weekly with readers.

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    • Member: $335 EARLY BIRD (until July 31, 2024)
    • Member: $360 after July 31, 2024
    • Non-member: $360.00
    • Spouse: $299.00
    • Student: $200.00
    • Spouse (Banquet Only): $65.00


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2024 PACCP National Conference Agenda

Friday, September 27, 2024
7:30 am to 8:45 amRegistration and Breakfast
9:00 am to 10:15 amKEYNOTE SESSION #1:  The Relationship Patterns that Keep People Stuck Kathleen Smith, PhD, LPC
10:15 am to 10:30 amBreak
10:30 am to 11:45 amBreakout/Networking Session #1: TBD
11:45 am to 12:45 pmLunch
12:45 pm to 2:00 pmKEYNOTE SESSION #2:  Helping People Without "Fixing" and Over-functioning Kathleen Smith, PhD, LPC
2:00 pm to 2:15 pmBreak
2:15 pm to 3:30 pmBreakout /Networking Session #2: TBD
3: pm to 6:30 pmFree Time
6:30 pm to 8:00 pmEvening Banquet Reception
Saturday, September 28, 2024
8:00 am to 9:00 amBreakfast
9:00 am to 10:15 amKEYNOTE SESSION #3:  The Importance of Person-to-Person Relationships Kathleen Smith, PhD, LPC
10:15 am to 10:30 amBreak
10:30 am to 11:45 amBreakout/Networking Session #3: TBD
11:45 am to 12:45 pmLunch
12:45 pm to 2:00 pmBreakout/Networking Session #4: TBD
2:00 pm to 2:15 pmBreak
2:15 pm to 3:30 pmKEYNOTE SESSION #4:  How People Find Emotional Courage in Daily Life Kathleen Smith, PhD, LPC
3:30 pmClosing

NOTE:    Breakout/Networking Sessions: Details forthcoming