Stephen Akam-Smith

I am 50 something and became a qualified counsellor later in my life after joining Cruse Bereavement Care as a Bereavement Volunteer. Having been bereaved myself a number of times, I have a strong desire to "make a difference" to people who too find themselves experiencing grief, and I am here to assist my clients on their grief journey using a variety of therapeutic methods.

Experience and Qualifications

I am an accredited registered member of the National Counselling Society, having trained at Heartwood College in Dartington to gain my level 4 Advanced diploma in therapeutic counselling.

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

I have been a Cruse Bereavement volunteer since 2010 and I am a Cruse Supervisor for South Devon and Plymouth area.

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

Face to Face

I practice from the Harbour House counselling rooms in Kingsbridge TQ7.

I can do home visits if client mobility is an issue and it can be practically arranged.


I offer this after one or more face to face sessions have completed and a good therapeutic relationship established.


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.