2111207Dr. Kathleen Smith is a licensed professional counselor, author, and freelance writer. A graduate of George Washington University and Harvard University, she also works as a mental health journalist. She’s written for popular websites like SalonSlate, New York Magazine, Lifehacker, Bustle, Everyday Health, HelloGiggles, AfterPartyChat, and Thought Catalog. 

Kathleen is also a frequent contributor to professional publications such as GradPsych, Monitor on PsychologyPsychotherapy Networker, Psycom, Family Therapy, and Counseling Today. She has been interviewed for publications such as Women’s Health magazine, Buzzfeed, and television programs including Good Morning Washington.

Her mental health writing clients include websites such as, universities such as Northwestern, the University of Southern California, and New York University, and major companies including United Healthcare and United Airlines.

She is a student of Bowen Family Systems Theory and an associate faculty member of the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family. She also teaches as an adjunct professor at Trinity Washington University. Kathleen runs her own private therapy practice in Washington, DC.

In her free time, Kathleen writes about anxiety, relationships, popular culture, and mental health. Her book The Fangirl Life was published in 2016. She is represented by Jessica Felleman of Foundry Literary + Media. Her upcoming book on anxiety and relationships will be published by Hachette Books in 2020.

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