Ann Smith


Welcome to my homepage. I am a licensed psychotherapist  in Maryland  providing services to individuals and families for the past 27 years. My areas of practice include  depression, anxiety, divorce/relationship issues, health related issues and trauma, both acute and developmental.  I specialize in the treatment of adolescents, families and adults who struggle with eating disorders.  In addition to these areas of practice, I  provide assessments, consultations and clinical supervision.

My style is very interactive, warm and direct, with an emphasis on making sure the therapy is a good fit for you.  I am not a sit-back and nod kind of therapist!  It is my personal philosophy that every session should feel productive, with the immediate goal of experiencing relief from your symptoms or distress and the long term goal of personal growth and change.  

While I was trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Family Systems, I have continued to expand my knowledge and skills over the years.   After earning a certificate in Trauma Informed Treatment 10 years ago, I  have continued to expand my skills and practice.  I now integrate hypnotherapy and mindfulness based skills into treatment as appropriate. 

In my specialized individual work with adults who struggle with eating disorders, I will often use techniques based in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to challenge destructive thinking patterns that lead to symptomatic behaviors.  For adolescent clients living with their families,  the family is considered an integral part of the treatment team.  This is known as  the "Maudsley" approach or family-based treatment (FBT)  of  Anorexia Nervosa.  FBT is an evidence-based practice that is supported in the research literature as the optimal way to treat adolescents with eating disorders.  

I pride myself on my recovery rates and will work tirelessly with you to achieve that goal. Please call or email me for an individual or family therapy consultation today.

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