Anne Smart

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BSc (Hons), MBPsS, Reg.MBACP
Available for new clients
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This professional is available for new clients.

Islington, London, N1
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Admitting the need for a counsellor can seem daunting. However, there are times when it helps to have someone outside our immediate circle to talk to and make sense of thoughts, feelings and/or circumstances that may be causing distress.

As a professional counsellor and psychotherapist I will listen to you carefully to discern the key areas of concern, work with you to enable understanding and consider with you ways to bring about change.

I am committed to continued personal and professional development through regular supervision and additional training.

I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy). I work in accordance with their Ethical Framework.


I practice in Islington, N1 less than five minutes from Highbury and Islington Tube and bus stops on the following routes 4, 19, 30, 43, 271, 277.

Client testimonials

'I feel my therapy work with Anne has made an enormous difference in my life, helping me to cope with some huge life changes and to come to terms with many long standing issues and difficulties of thought, habit and behaviour. I have always felt in safe hands with her, and have ben given assurance, reflection, perspective, new ways of framing my problems and tools to help me become a more authentic and complete version of myself. Having never done any therapy before, this was the best possible experience I could have asked for, and one I highly recommend.' (Theatre Practitioner)

'I arrived at Anne's office a ball of anxiety, and in about 8 months, she managed to turn me into a much calmer, confident person. She made me confront my lack of boundaries and helped me to learn to listen in her own soothing, gentle way. I've rarely taken advice before from others, but hers I will take with me for life. I will miss our sessions dearly.' (Entrepreneur)

'Anne has helped me a huge amount in adapting to motherhood, I experienced post-natal depression and through her ability to apply a different approach according to what I was going through at the time I have felt hugely empowered again and I am really enjoying maternity leave now.' (Hospital Doctor)

'Working with Anne was a really positive experience, and gave me a safe space to deal with some of the complex emotions I had been going through around bereavement and loss. As a fairly independent person my usual response is to work through problems on my own, but Anne helped me to consider my situation from alternative perspectives, and to reshape some long-held approaches that were no longer serving me in other aspects of my life. I appreciated the intellect, insight and compassion that she brought to the process.'  (Working in research)

'Anne walked with me on part of my journey to freedom, over a period of eighteen months. She is an incredibly skilled compassionate and patient therapist.' (Midwife)

'A very nice calming personality. She makes you feel safe, valued and is very empathetic. You won't feel rushed to talk, you can talk in your own time. She doesn't offer advice, but reflects your thoughts and reads them back to you. Going to get counselling has been one of the best things I could do for myself.  I'm forever grateful for this wonderful, important experience.' (Unemployed)

Training, qualifications & experience

I trained as a registered nurse and specialised in intensive care. Then became a relief Ward Sister at the Royal London Hospital. During this time I observed the attention paid to healing the body but little, if any, focus on healing the mind for those who suffered very traumatic experiences. This sparked my interest in psychology and talking therapies.

BSc (Hons) Psychology
Diploma in psychotherapeutic counselling

I have worked in a number of agencies offering both long and short term counselling. I currently work as a professional therapeutic counsellor in private practice.
I have experience working with

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Trauma
  • Problems at work
  • Low self-esteem
  • Lack of confidence
  • Bereavement
  • Loss
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Life crisis

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have a particular interest in specific learning difficulties, often called dyslexia, and the potential impact on mental health and well being.


£80.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

£80 per 50 minute counselling session.

Islington, London, N1

Type of session


Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Additional languages


Anne Smart
Anne Smart