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)
'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
- Problems at work
- Low self-esteem
- Lack of confidence
- Relationship difficulties
- Life crisis
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
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.