Alison Sutcliffe Counselling & Psychotherapy in the Catford, Forest Hill
& Sydenham area

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How does Counselling & Psychotherapy work?

****I am currently offering therapy online and in person.  When working in person, I have a process in place to help keep each other safe in relation to COVID-19.****


Whilst talking to friends and family can be really helpful, it can also be a relief to talk to someone who is 'outside' of your life, who can support you objectively with whatever you have going on at the time. The relationship between therapist and client is crucial and needs to be one of trust.


Therapy is there to allow you a space to explore your thoughts and feelings and give you a safe place to work through any problems that you might be facing in your life.


It's vital that you find a therapist that feels like a good fit to you.


How many sessions?

You may get what you want out of therapy in a few sessions or you might decide that you’d like to work for longer and focus on one or a number of concerns.


I’m new to therapy - what will my first session be like?

In our first session I will explore some of the boundaries to ensure that our space feels as safe as possible. You may want to ask questions about how I work or how therapy works in general. Once we have covered this then the space is yours to explore whatever it is that has brought you to therapy.


What should I talk about in therapy?

It might be difficult to know where to start initially especially if this is the first time you’ve decided to give therapy a go. It’s normal to feel a bit anxious at first - with a bit of space and time I trust that you will know what might feel helpful for you to explore. I will be there alongside you to work that out if it doesn’t feel particularly clear.

And you don’t have to know the answers straight away - what’s happening for you might feel confusing and unclear… I’ll be with you to explore that all with you.


I want to get the most out of my therapy - do you have any tips?

The process takes time and it’s really normal to find it challenging at points. You may find yourself feeling emotionally tired after a session and maybe a little tender. I’d encourage you to keep this in mind and go easy on yourself (if life permits!) after a session.

Writing things down in between sessions and after sessions might help. You may find that you are able to work some things out for yourself and it could help you decide what you might want to explore further in your next session.

Sometimes tracking when we feel up or down, or something in between, can help us identify patterns and gain some understanding of what might be going on for us…there are apps out there that make it easy to do this e.g. Mood Panda
If there is anything that you feel unsure of at any point always feel free to ask.





Therapy. Counselling Room

Face-to-Face Counselling & Psychotherapy

I offer individuals Face-to-Face Counselling & Psychotherapy sessions during the evenings and during the day on week days in my comfortable therapy room in SE6 South East London.


My therapy room is centrally located between Catford, Forest Hill & Sydenham - and is easily accessed from other locations in South East London such as Beckenham, Hither Green, Honor Oak & Penge. My location is well served by public transport and there is ample free car parking space.


Maybe accessing Counselling & Psychotherapy from the comfort of your own home or even as you travel works better for you? If this is the case for you maybe Online Counselling & Psychotherapy is a good option for you?


Therapy. Counselling Online

Online Counselling & Psychotherapy

Whilst you will need basic computer skills to enter into Online Counselling you don’t need to be a technical whizz to make it work for you. I’ve completed specialist online training in order to provide you with Online Counselling. Some feel that Online Counselling provides an even more private space to explore areas that they might find difficult opening up about in person.


I utilise the latest technology for our Online Counselling communication to ensure that our private exchanges remain just that…private.


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