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

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About Me. BACP

I am a BACP Accredited Psychotherapist 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 psychotherapist – this means that I believe that every person is unique and has the ability to grow towards their full potential.

As well as individual therapeutic work, I completed training in working with groups in 2011 and since then I have worked with groups of young people, groups of therapy students (at City Lit) and groups of adults within an NHS setting.

I have also trained others counsellors to offer 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 and pyschotherapy. 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 therapy – the experience was transformative. My initial training, and my positive experience as a client, motivated me to proceed further and complete my full counselling training and then top up my qualifications via a Masters course in psychotherapy.

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

Clinical Experience

  • Assitant Group Facilitator - Bereavement Groups - with the NHS (2021)
  • Personal Development Group Facilitator with City Lit (2019 - 2021)
  • Private Practice (2015 - ongoing)
  • Talk Off The Record Online Counsellor & Group Facilitator (2013 - 2020)
  • Online Counselling Tutor with Online Training For Counsellors (2016 - 2017)
  • MIND Counsellor (2011 - 2012 & 2015 - 2016)
  • Talk Off The Record Counsellor & Group Facilitator (2009 - 2012)
  • Place2Be Counsellor (2009 - 2010)
  • The Samaritans Volunteer ( 2007 - 2008)

  • My Qualifications & CPD

    Most recent first:
  • MSc in Contemporary Person-Centred Psychotherapy and Applications - Metanoia Institute 2022
  • 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
  • Group Facilitation Course - City Lit 2011
  • Diploma in Practitioner Counselling Skills (person-centred approach) - City Lit 2010
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills - City Lit 2008
  • Time Limited Counselling - City Lit 2008

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