Helping you to explore.
Moving towards change.
Sometimes in life we experience times when things come to an end, crop up unexpectedly, or just simply seem to pile up on us.
At these times counselling can help you explore situations enabling you to cope with or come to terms with events and help you find a way through them.
Welcome to my website. My name is Barbara Akers and I am a Senior Accredited Counsellor with BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), Couple Therapist and Sex Therapist with COSRT (College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists). I have been working with individuals and couples for over 20 years on issues around relationship problems and sexual difficulties.
Whatever your sexual identity or expression is, or where differing cultures meet in a relationship, I can work to support you as an individual or couple and help you to work through those difficulties with care and sensitivity.
My training in relationship therapy has come from Relate, but I also have been trained with the Tavistock to be able to deliver Couple Therapy for Depression within the NHS, which I did in the past, but now I work primarily with sexual difficulties, relationship difficulties and sexual trauma. I Deliver some of my work through the Psychosexual Service in the NHS, but also privately.
My experience with the NHS means that I can offer a structured and focussed piece of work if required, or can work at a pace that best suits you. My modalities are Psychodynamic, Integrative, Systemic and Behavioural and I am committed to continued professional development in my chosen specialities.
I am a Trauma informed therapist and I can help with trauma related issues using EMDR, an evidence -based therapy and recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) in the NHS, as one of the most effective treatments for PTSD.
I am a Supervisor for Counsellors and allied professionals with over 15 years’ experience, supervising long and short-term work within the NHS, privately, and with a local Counselling service. I can offer Individual or Group Supervision.
Most Counselling and Psychosexual Therapy is currently being conducted via Zoom, but I do have limited in-person slots available however for those who do not have the privacy to have sessions online. Please be aware that I do not work past 8.00pm or before 9.00am and I do not work at the weekends.
I cannot overstate how valuable the support and guidance that I received from Barbara has been during some of the most difficult times in my life. She provides a safe space (both virtually and physically) to benefit from her vast experience and expertise. She is practical, empathetic, warm, knowledgeable and extremely professional. Thank you Barbara for helping me through bereavement, anxiety and some of life’s other major challenges.