Anne Smart BSc (Hons), MBPsS, Reg.MBACP
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.
'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)
'A breath of fresh air, a place where you can talk openly and freely about your thoughts and feelings. A calm comfortable place where you can release any harboured feelings without any fear of judgment. Then leave feeling lighter than when you came.' (Accountant)
'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
- Problems at work
- Low self-esteem
- Lack of confidence
- Relationship difficulties
- Life crisis
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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.
£70 per 50 minute counselling session.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client