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About me

My name is Ann Hodges-Smith and I am a qualified counsellor. I am a Registered Member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).

I work within the BACP Ethical Framework to ensure good practice at all times. I provide a safe, confidential and supportive environment that enables you to explore your thoughts and feelings.

There are many reasons a person may benefit from counselling, such as life events being out of your control, situations that seem impossible to change, you need to understand events that happened in your past or present or you need to consider the choices and opportunities that lie ahead.

By seeking counselling you are able to face these difficulties and work towards changing your life for the better.

It is often difficult and painful to confront problems so when anyone takes a positive step and seeks counselling, It is important that they can express their deepest thoughts and emotions, all without judgement, whilst being offered the unconditional support they need whilst on their journey of self-discovery.

As a therapist I will be non-judgemental and will not in any way influence you, or take any form of control over your life.

I work in an integrative way utilising Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Transactional Analysis and Person Centred Approaches as required, as I do not believe that one approach is suited to everyone's needs.

Counselling is about you taking control of your life, and by taking the first step you are choosing to make a positive difference to your life.

Training, qualifications & experience

Certificate in Counselling Supervision
Practitioner Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
AQA Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
AQA Certificate in Counselling Skills
Awareness in Bereavement Care - Level 2
Integrative Approach Working with Couples
Drug and Alcohol Theory and Practice
Child Protection/Safeguarding Workshop
Counselling Children & Young People
Family Therapy

Being commited to keeping my knowledge up to date I regularly attend workshops and training courses for my own personal development.

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Therapies offered

  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Transactional analysis

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Consultations are from £40 per 50 minute session.

Discounted rates are available for students.

Prittlewell House
30 East Street


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

My Office is on the ground floor with 2 steps at the front door


I offer daytime and early evening appointments Monday to Friday, as well as Saturday mornings.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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Ann Hodges-Smith   -  Registered Member MBACP

Ann Hodges-Smith - Registered Member MBACP