Stephen Akam-Smith

I am 50 something and became a qualified counsellor and supervisor later in my life after joining Cruse Bereavement Care as a Bereavement Volunteer and then going on a journey to build my skills to benefit me and my clients, a journey that hasn't stopped!


I have a strong desire to "make a difference" and I am here to assist my clients and supervisees using a variety of therapeutic methods. 

Experience and Qualifications

I am an accredited registered member of the National Counselling Society and I abide by their ethical code of practice. I trained at Heartwood College in Dartington to gain my level 4 Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and my level 6 Advanced Specialist Diploma in Clinical Supervision.

I have further training in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Advanced Psychotherapy, Mindfulness, Mental Health and Wellbeing, Pre-Bereavement and Safeguarding.

2010-20 I have been a Cruse Bereavement volunteer, Cruse Supervisor, and a national Cruse trainer.

A little more on me

I enjoy walking and running, a veteran of 17 marathons and trekked to Everest base camp in 2018 raising much needed money for Cruse Bereavement care.


I am an animal lover. have one dog, that's Harley in the picture above with me at Bigbury, and the two dogs here are Chewbacca and Jedi, sadly no longer here and greatly missed. 

My personal outlook on life is to be a "Positive Polly" not a "Negative Nelly", and to try and leave the earth in a slightly better place than when I arrived.

How I Practice


Since COVID19 I now offer online sessions via Zoom or Facetime.



I receive regular supervision. Supervision is vital to the practice of professional counsellors, and is a requirement by all practicing members irrelevant of experience for my own well being, as well as that of my clients.