Sue Akehurst, Registered Member BACP (Snr Accred) Counsellor
Currently working online, I qualified as a counsellor in 1998, working with adults and adolescents from many backgrounds. I aim to support people to find their own way out of trauma, depression, anxiety, past abuse, low self worth and many other issues. I have a strong belief in the power of a good therapeutic relationship to facilitate healing, whilst recognising the role of structural inequalities in creating understandable distress.
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 am interested in working with trauma and have trained in EMDR which has been well researched as a way of working with trauma and anxiety as well as for issues with attachment.
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 offer a 30 minute free initial meeting which gives us an opportunity to see if and how we might work together.
I'm working online for now using video calling, and until lockdown I was based in Malvern WR14, seeing clients from Malvern, Worcester, Pershore, Evesham, Ledbury, the Forest of Dean, Hereford and further afield.
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, EMDR, 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 therapy experience includes working in colleges, for a GP practice, for the Terrence Higgins Trust as well as privately. I am also a 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 support you to access your embodied intelligence to help foster a more compassionate attitude towards yourself. Exploration through creative processes, playfulness, Mindfulness and embodied attention are all part of what I offer to help deepen this process and facilitate change.
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.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Body/mind approach - working with the body without touch, through paying attention and closely listening to our body’s natural wisdom
- Attachment and separation issues
- Self-esteem issues
£50 per 50 minute session.
I offer a couple of concessionary spaces for people with a low family income or on benefits for a maximum of up to 10 sessions..
Concessions offered for
I usually work from the peaceful Beacon Clinic in central Malvern but have moved all my sessions online using video calling with Zoom. It’s easy to use and free to download.
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 1.30pm - 9pm, Tuesdays 2-6pm, Thursday afternoons, 1-5pm with Wednesday and Thursday mornings available for video consultations for supervision.