Sue Akehurst Counselling
Sue has experience in working with people who have been impacted by a wide range of events and struggles. Her approach to counselling draws deeply on person centred, creative, expressive and body focused practices, including Tai Chi and embodied mindfulness. She’s happy to work short term where the focus is on resolving a specific issue, or longer term to understand and heal the roots of more deep-seated problems. Therapy with Sue can be both gentle and challenging, warm and sometimes profound, sometimes playful but always safe, confidential and focused on meeting your goals.
I’m now working online using Zoom, or Skype, both of which are free to download and easy to use from your phone, tablet or laptop. I plan on staying online for the time being. Online work is as confidential as in-person work and has become a very ordinary and flexible way for people to access professional counselling.
What can I expect from Counselling?
Working in a safe, confidential space we’ll explore your dilemmas and distress at a pace that suits you, with regular chances to check in and review how the work is going. I’m there to support you and to encourage you to explore some of the places that may scare you – it’s in the process of being alongside these painful and distressing emotions and thoughts that understanding and change can take place. Counselling is about a collaborative exploration and resolution of issues. Sessions last for 60 minutes and usually take place weekly.
I always aim to listen without judging and to respond to you openly and honestly with warmth and humour. Exploration and understanding can effectively lead to challenge and change, working to enable you to live more in the present and to feel more confident in yourself.
How long do I need?
You can get a lot of work done in 6 weeks.
Discovering how useful therapy is means that many people stay longer.
Whatever the reason that brings you to therapy, it’s a chance to explore your feelings, thoughts and beliefs and to work towards living your life in a way which feels more fulfilling and engaging. Exploration and understanding can effectively lead to challenge and change, working to enable you to live more in the present and to feel more confident in yourself.
At its simplest, being accepted as you are and listened to with careful attention and respect may begin the process of connecting with feelings and understanding patterns of thoughts and behaviours. This can then enable you to make different choices and to explore long held beliefs. Taking this first step of contacting a counsellor is a significant part of caring for yourself.
Counselling can feel and be challenging, especially if you choose to look deeply at what is happening in your internal world and how it has been shaped over time by the events and people around you. Meeting some of our more overlooked parts can feel frightening but can bring more clarity, contentment and authenticity.
I am committed to working with you in a supportive way, at a pace which feels right. Therapy is not about giving or receiving advice, instead it’s a collaborative process which encourages you to meet yourself and to explore what needs attention in order for change to happen.
You might not be sure yet whether you definitely want to work with me. Just email or ring me to arrange a free half hour initial video call. This gives us both a sense of each other and whether we feel we can work together. If you do then decide that counselling is the right step for you, we’ll make a clear agreement.
Sessions usually last 60 minutes and how many you have will be dependent on what you want and on what we agree together. I’m comfortable working within a specific number of sessions or in a more open-ended way.