Dr. Kent Smith

We all experience problems in our life and when we experience stress, pain, trouble or things seem too difficult to solve on our own talking with a counsellor can be helpful. Counselling is a professional space where you can be yourself and work out problems in a non-judgemental and confidential setting.

Contact Kent on 021 369 047 or email kent.smith@baycounselling.co.nz

What is it like to be “truly listened to”, to be heard and understood? Being truly listened to is when we are able to get to know what we truly know – and this is the experience, I believe, where we are able to get to the heart or the matter and bring meaningful changes in our life.

I am an experienced and qualified counsellor who has worked with people on all aspects of their life and wellbeing. I have been counselling since 2002, working predominately with adolescents, adults, couple and families on the issues that confront people in the 21st century. Most recently I have had 13 years counselling in a busy primary care setting in Wellington.

I am an existential client-centred counsellor who works with people to construct solutions to their contextual issues, that are meaningful and useful. My mantra is that it is in the “doing that we create the being” meaning empowerment, tools and understanding are learnt to address issues and ‘do’ something to make life better. This can be achieved in one meeting or over a number of meetings.

I am skilled at helping people experiencing issues with;

  • Work & Leadership Development
  • Communication & Confidence
  • Stress, Burnout & Resilience
  • Anxiety, Depression, Emotion Pain and other Mental Health Difficulties
  • Grief & Loss
  • Transition & Change
  • Physical Pain & Fitness
  • Love including working with couples and families
  • Alcohol, Drug & Internet
  • Being a parent, step-parent or son, daughter or sibling
  • Blended Family Relationships
  • Mood including anger, guilt, generosity, gratitude, sensuality and belonging
  • Living by the beach and surfing as a way of life

Or needing 

  • Professional supervision
  • Training and facilitation
  • Therapeutic retreat

Qualifications & Experience

Bachelor of Counselling (NZ)
Certificate in Professional Supervision
Master of Arts in Social Science Research – Therapeutic Presence
Doctor of Health Science – Counselling as Leading

Approved EAP Counsellor

Professional Membership

Member of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (MNZAC)

I have worked as a counsellor for 14 years. I regularly pursue ongoing professional development. As a professional counsellor, I work under the Code of Ethics of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors. I have regular one on one supervision, peer supervision and cultural supervision. I work across culture and understand culture; whether it be work culture, youth culture, cultures within family, ethnicity or other cultural contexts as important to how people live their lives meaningfully. I have a commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi, and an awareness of working within a bi-cultural as well as multi-cultural way.

To make an appointment you can do so by calling Sharyn on 07-578 0959, or me on 021 369 047 or email me at; kent.smith@baycounselling.co.nz
I am happy to have a confidential conversation anytime.

My work history includes leadership roles in sales, marketing, human resources, primary care leadership and career consulting in corporate, educational and health contexts including facilitating training and coaching individuals. I have lived and worked in Wellington, Hamilton, and Whangamata. I have special interest in mental health, well-being and helping individuals and families build resilient lives. I live north of Tauranga in the Western Bay of Plenty and have rooms in Tauranga and Athenree. I enjoy my family with my partner, three girls and son. I also enjoy listening and talking about music; surfing; mountain biking, up and down; experiencing a good coffee; a good book, literally; camping by the beach, holidays and summertime.

Hours Available:

Central Tauranga Rooms – Monday and Tuesday – 7.30am to 4pm, Wed 7.30am to 2pm
Athenree Rooms – Thursday


$155 per session – gst inclusive from 1 Jan 2022