Sue Akehurst, Registered Member BACP (Snr Accred) Counsellor
Welcome! I've been working as a counsellor since 1996, with adults and adolescents from many backgrounds. I aim to work in a way that meets your communication style, making space for us to explore thoughts, feelings, beliefs and behaviours with friendly curiosity and acceptance. It's rare and wonderful to have somebody who listens to you without judgement, providing the time and space in which you can begin to understand what's preventing you form living your life as fully as you'd like.
You may find that you're experiencing distressing feelings, negative thought patterns or beliefs about yourself linked to events both recent and further back. I'll make sure that we work creatively and safely with these issues whilst offering you enough challenge for change to become a possibility.
I'm experienced in working with many issues including bereavement, anxiety, depression, abuse, trauma, low self worth, anger, relationship issues, sexuality, life changes and transitions and am able to work short term and at a deeper level over the longer term.
Sometimes a few sessions will help with something specific and at other times more exploration & understanding are needed in order for deeper changes to take place.
I work in Malvern WR14, seeing clients from Malvern, Worcester, Pershore, Evesham, Ledbury, the Forest of Dean, Hereford and further afield. Until recently I was also working in Moseley, Birmingham. I have ended my work there after 12 years in order to make space for more work in Malvern and on Skype.
Training, qualifications & experience
I'm a Registered Member of the BACP (Senior Accredited Counsellor) and gained a Diploma in Person Centred Therapy from the University of Warwick in 1998. I am also qualified in Person Centred art therapy skills, Focusing & have explored CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) for person centred counsellors. I draw on my wealth of experience and training to work in a way which matches your preferred communication style.
My psychotherapy experience includes working in colleges, for a GP practice, for the Terrence Higgins Trust and currently work for Employee Assistance Programmes as well as privately. I am also a clinical supervisor for a range of voluntary sector organisations and the NHS. Prior to retraining as a therapist, I worked as a manager and teacher in the public sector and within the voluntary sector.
I am interested in working with the whole person and will therefore pay attention to what your body is telling us, how that links with your emotions and how your thinking is connected to body and feelings. We may use aspects of Art Therapy, Play Therapy, Mindfulness and Focusing to help deepen this process.
I am also experienced in a form of body work called Zero Balancing and have found that it can be really helpful to integrate this form of safe touch (carried out fully clothed) with counselling. It can be particularly helpful when working with trauma. Do get in touch if you'd like to know more.
If you have health insurance with BUPA or AVIVA you may be covered for sessions with me as I am a registered provider for these companies.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Body/mind approach (using Zero Balancing alongside counselling where this is wanted or working with body without touch, through paying attention and closely listening)
- Attachment and separation issues
- Self-esteem issues
From September 2016 my fees for therapy will be on a sliding scale from £45 to £65 per session. I'll continue to offer a couple of concessionary spaces for people with a low family income or on benefits.
I work from the peaceful Beacon Clinic in central Malvern. All rooms are on the ground floor.
The first session is a chance to share information and see if we want to work together. There's no commitment to continue with counselling after this session but if you do we'll generally agree to six sessions and then review where we want to go after that.
My core working hours are Mondays and Tuesdays 1.30pm - 9pm, Thursday afternoons, 1-5.30 with Wednesday and Thursday mornings available for Skype consultations.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Malvern: Mondays & Tuesdays, 1.30-9, Thursday afternoons, 1-5.30 Skype/phone : Wednesdays and Thursday mornings
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
In 2004 I trained with Temenos as a supervisor working within the Person Centred Approach and have been supervising counsellors, including students, and other professionals working in the care sector since 2003.View supervision profile