Ann Smart has many years of experience working as a counsellor. She assists clients with a wide range of challenges - in their relationships, in their work lives, with mental health issues and more.
Over the years, she has developed a particular interest in helping those with loss and grief. Ann has studied widely and continues to deepen and broaden her knowledge in all the areas in which she works.
Qualifications and approach
Ann’s qualifications include
Masters in Education (Hons) Adult and Higher (Auckland University, 2002)
Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling (UNITEC, 2013)
Graduate Certificate in Career Development (AUT, 2005)
Certificate in Coaching (The Life Coaching Academy, 2008)
Registered member of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC)
Her practice is guided by Narrative Therapy.
“Narrative Therapy seeks to be a respectful, non-blaming approach to counselling and community work, which centres people as the experts in their own lives. It views problems as separate from people and assumes people have many skills, competencies, beliefs, values, commitments and abilities that will assist them to reduce the influence of problems in their lives.” (The Dulwich Centre)
Ann keeps up-to-date with the latest developments in the field by attending courses and collaborating with colleagues. She is a registered member of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC) and adheres to both their Code of Ethics and to the requirement for monthly supervision.
"Ann has the ability to draw things out of you that you didn’t even realise were important. She helps you get clarity. I found her highly skilled and insightful."
Ann has had a number of roles including counselling in women’s health and palliative care, and has worked as a coach and as a career counsellor.
Ann counselled in the area of women’s health for over 10 years around such things as relationships, sexuality, sexual abuse, menopause, pregnancy issues, PMT (Pre-Menstrual Tension), stillbirth and miscarriage.
She worked for several years as a career counsellor and then as a coach. As a coach she worked with those new to management roles. As a career counsellor she worked with young adults starting out in employment, people seeking a new career direction, those experiencing the impacts of loss of employment and those experiencing difficulties in the workplace.
As a counsellor at the now Harbour Hospice, Ann worked for over 9 years with the terminally ill, their carers and other family members. She also worked alongside people who had experienced bereavement and ran groups for both patients and bereaved partners. She continues to work as a contract counsellor for Hospice.
Recently, alongside her private practice, Ann has worked with university students around such things as stress and anxiety, relationships, family issues and career paths.