Sue Akehurst, Registered Member BACP (Snr Accred) Counsellor
I've been working as a counsellor since 1996, 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.
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 initial meeting which gives us an opportunity to see if and how we might work together.
I work online at the moment and am usually 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.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic attacks
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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
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£48 per 50 minute session.
I offer a couple of concessionary spaces for people with a low family income or on benefits.
I usually work from the peaceful Beacon Clinic in central Malvern but for the time being 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 and Tuesdays 1.30pm - 9pm, Thursday afternoons, 1-5pm with Wednesday and Thursday mornings available for video consultations for supervision.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Mondays & Tuesdays, 13.00-19.30, Thursday afternoons, 13.00-17.00. Video/phone supervision : Wednesdays and occasional 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.