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Conversation Series

Kathleen Smith, PhD, LPC
Bowen Center Faculty and

author of "Everything Isn't Terrible"

Building a Person-to-Person Community of Faith

A series of conversations with Dr. Kathleen Smith

What difference does it make when faith leaders are thinking about building person-to-person relationships in their communities? These conversations will explore the benefits of relating to others as an individual, rather than operating in what Murray Bowen called “clumps.” We’ll discuss what it looks like to think about relationship challenges without needing someone to blame, and what the daily work of growing up can look like in ministry, interaction by interaction.

June 1, 2023

De-Clumping Our Relationships: The Importance of Connecting Person-to-Person

June 8, 2023

Abandoning the Blame Game: Avoiding the Pile On in Anxious Times

June 15, 2023

Finding Emotional Courage: Everyday Opportunities for Growing Up in Ministry


All sessions 1:00-2:30 PM Eastern via Zoom

Dr. Kathleen Smith is a licensed therapist and author of the new book, Everything Isn’t Terrible: Conquer Your Insecurities, Interrupt Your Anxiety, and Finally Calm Down, with Hachette Books. 

A graduate of Harvard University and George Washington University, she’s written for popular websites like Salon, Slate, New York Magazine, Psychology Today, Lifehacker, Bustle, Everyday Health, Psycom, Psychotherapy Networker, Psychology Today, Counseling Today, and many others.

Interviews with Kathleen have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Women’s Health magazine, Women’s World magazine, and television programs including Good Morning Washington.

She is a student of Bowen Family Systems Theory and an associate faculty member of the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family. Kathleen has a private therapy practice in Washington, DC, and is the host of the TV show Family Matters, produced by the University of the District of Columbia. 

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$50 per session

Sessions can be purchased individually or in a block of three sessions

Group Rate

$250 for all three sessions

Groups of 2-5 people from the same household or organization

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