Ann Smart has many years of experience working as a loss and grief counsellor. She has studied widely and continues to deepen and broaden the knowledge that she has in her chosen speciality.
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)
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 work in women’s health, palliative care, 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, 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 North Shore 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.