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
Being commited to keeping my knowledge up to date I regularly attend workshops and training courses for my own personal development.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Consultations are from £40 per 50 minute session.
Discounted rates are available for students.
I offer daytime and early evening appointments Monday to Friday, as well as Saturday mornings.