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

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About Me. BACP

**I am currently unable to offer therapy to new clients due to COVID-19.**


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.

Beyond working one-to-one with clients, I facilitate groups of Person-centred trainees at City Lit and I have trained other counsellors in Online Counselling via Online Training For Counsellors.


About Me. LGBTQ

My work

I work in an LGBTQI+ 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 ‘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 - 2020)
  • 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 & CPD

    Most recent first:
  • Introduction To Focusing - Suzi Mackenzie 2020
  • Working With Shame - Carolyn Spring 2020
  • Talking About Sex In The Therapy Room - Meg-John Barker 2020
  • 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 have recently completed the 4th year of a 5 year MSc in Contemporary Person-Centred Psychotherapy and Applications at Metanoia Institute (continuing to the research component in 2020/ 2021). 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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