Ann Smutylo is a psychotherapist specializing in individual, marital, family, and relationship counselling. She has special interest in life stage transitions and the role of family of origin and of culture in communication. Her practice includes work with clients in the areas of depression, anxiety, anger management, workplace issues and stress, parenting issues with teens and young adults, marital counselling and with separation and remarriage. Psychodynamic therapy, attachment issues, cognitive behaviour therapy, and supportive therapy are some of the methods of practice that she uses in therapy with her clients.
She has a degree in Psychology, a Masters of Social Work in counselling, as well as postgraduate training in Psychotherapy.
Ann has been practicing as part of Goldstein, Moncion, Greenbaum & Associates for the past 18 years, coming from a background of combined skills in counselling, research and education. In Toronto, she worked at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in the Department of Psychology in a parenting, child care and infant learning program; she taught at Humber College’s Family Life Education Program and for many years organized and led parenting groups.
Ann began her interest in the area of multicultural work while in Africa, where she taught in a secondary school and in the Department of Psychology at the University of Ghana. Her experience there made her aware of the cultural context of life stages and transitions and she began her work in the field of cross-cultural communication. Since 1979, Ann has worked with a multicultural clientele in a variety of capacities as language teacher, life skills instructor, and counsellor. Also, Ann has worked for the Ottawa – Carleton Board of Education for 15 years.
In Ottawa, Ann received her Masters of Social Work, training at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Child Development Clinic as part of a multi-disciplinary team doing family assessments, school placements, and helping families with parenting strategies. At Catholic Family Services of Ottawa-Carleton, she did family and individual counselling with an emphasis on communications analysis as well as psychodynamics. She worked at the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board as a School Social Worker and at the Ottawa Hospital for 11 years, doing family support and assessment in various capacities including doing research studies and working in geriatrics.
Ann is a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers, and is independently licensed as a Registered Social Worker by the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.