About Ann Smith

Ann Smith, MS, LMFT is the Executive Director of Breakthrough at Caron, a five and a half day residential personal growth workshop designed to help adults shift destructive life patterns, improve relationships and strengthen self esteem. For nearly 30 years, her focus has been on family systems, healthy relationships and experiential group therapy. 

Ann is best known for developing and leading innovative residential treatment programs for adults who are struggling with relationship patterns developed from early attachment injuries in core relationships. She returned to Caron in January of 2009 with her original Breakthrough program.  A pioneer of counseling for family of origin and relationship issues, she was instrumental in designing and directing the original five-day program for Adult Children of Alcoholics from 1984 to 1991 at Caron, which reached more than 14,000 people. The innovative Breakthrough at Caron program was featured in a one hour NBC Dateline program in March 2011.

Ann has a master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Pennsylvania.  She is a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and has training in Emotionally Focused Therapy.  For more than 25 years, she has lectured at conferences including AAMFT, US Journal, Rutgers, International Transpersonal Assoc., and provided workshops on topics ranging from addiction in the family to healing relationships. In addition to Dateline NBC, her media interviews include National Public Radio, Newsweek, Us Magazine, Redbook, U.S. News and World Report, Philadelphia Magazine, Washington Post, Forbes Women, Huffington Post and Wall Street Journal.

She is the author of three books titled Overcoming Perfectionism: Finding the Key to Balance and Self Acceptance, second edition released in March 2013, Overcoming Perfectionism: the Key to a Balanced Recovery 1st edition 1990 and Grandchildren of Alcoholics: Another Generation of Co-dependency (available as an e-book).  Her blog “Healthy Connections”, currently active on Psychology Today’s website is frequently listed as an “essential read” with over 700,000 views to date.

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