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

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About Me. BACP

I am a BACP Accredited Counsellor and I have been working with clients since 2009. I've worked with clients through a variety of challenging experiences in their lives including, but not limited to: abuse, anger, anxiety, depression, loneliness, relationships, shame, stress, feeling stuck, trauma. I’ve completed specialist online training in order to provide Online Counselling. I am a Person-centred counsellor – this means that I believe that every person is unique and has the ability to grow towards their own full potential.

About Me. LGBTQ

My work

I work in an LGBTQ+ Affirmative way - I welcome all people regardless of how they identify themselves. Beyond this, I am continually informing myself about the breadth of cultural backgrounds and experiences that come together to make each one of us unique.

I aim to meet you fully regardless of our differences.

I am dedicated to be the best that I can be, for the benefit of my clients, therefore I undergo regular clinical supervision. I hold full insurance in line with my professional body’s guidelines for best practise: British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). My details can be found on the BACP Register by searching for me via my name or my Certificate Number 107659 – counsellors have to meet a specified standard to join. If you need to make a complaint about a counsellor the process is found on the BACP website It’s Good To Talk.

I didn’t take a direct career path into counselling. I spent many years working in the IT industry before deciding that I needed a new direction in my life. I signed up for an introductory counselling course. This gave me the personal permission I needed at the time to seek my own personal counselling – the experience was transformative. My initial training, and my positive experience as a counselling client, motivated me to proceed further and complete my full counselling training.

I am also a member of The Association For Counselling And Therapy Online (ACTO) – all members uphold the highest ethical principles in their online practice. My details can be found on ACTO Seeking A Therapist by searching for me via my name.

About Me. ACTO

I am ‘recognised’ by Aviva Health Insurance, AXA PPP Healthcare and BUPA therefore you can access my services through your healthcare insurance.

Clinical Experience

  • Private Practice (2015 - ongoing)
  • Talk Off The Record Online Counsellor (2013 - ongoing)
  • Online Counselling Tutor with Online Training For Counsellors (2016 - 2017)
  • MIND Counsellor (2011 - 2012 & 2015 - 2016)
  • Talk Off The Record Counsellor (2009 - 2012)
  • Place2Be Counsellor (2009 - 2010)
  • The Samaritans Volunteer ( 2007 - 2008)

  • My qualifications

    Most recent first:
  • Working with survivors of sexual violence - RASASC 2017
  • Diploma in Online Therapeutic Counselling - Online Training For Counsellors 2015
  • Making Trauma Therapy Safer - with Babette Rothschild 2015
  • General Cert in Online Counselling Skills - Online Training For Counsellors 2013
  • Diploma in Practitioner Counselling Skills (person-centred approach) - City Lit 2010
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills - City Lit 2008
  • Time Limited Counselling - City Lit 2008

  • Further to this I am currently studying towards an MSc in Contemporary Person Centred Psychotherapy and Applications at Metanoia Institute. As part of this further professional development I’m required to audio record my work. Recordings are encrypted, stored securely and filed anonymously and only ever played in confidential settings e.g. by me when reviewing our work together. I will respect and abide by whatever decision you make with regards to session recording. If you give permission, you can decide, at any time during a session, that you wish for recording to be stopped. If you don’t want to be recorded at all, your decision will be immediately recognised.

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