Dwelling Space Counselling


I’m Alison Thorpe, an experienced counsellor working in Brighton. I also work online using Zoom.

My approach is person-centred and focusing-oriented. I provide a safe space where you can talk about what you need to and what you're struggling with at this point in your life.

It's easy to contact me. Together we can start a conversation about how we can work together to support you and towards happier living.

Photo of Alison Thorpe in counselling chair

Counselling with me

Painful feelings and reactions can get in the way of living. When someone listens and is fully present with us, we can listen to what hurts inside. Learning to hear ourselves, with compassion, accompanied by a caring other can be a very healing process.

New ways forward emerge, you become more able to cope, make decisions you couldn’t before, or express yourself as once you could not. It may be surprising to discover what has been holding you back.

Inner resources

picture of inner light and growth

We all have an inner knowing of what is right for us. I will work with you to find your inner resources so you can navigate your life with less stress.


Every bad feeling is potential energy toward a more right way of being if you give it space to move toward its rightness.
— Gene Gendlin

Giving gentle attention to how our body experiences our life situations can really get to the heart of what is stuck or unchanging, and bring a huge amount of healing. We can then live with a new freedom.

Our feelings express themselves in and through our body. For example, stress might be felt in the throat, or anxiety in the belly, grief or overwhelming sadness in our chest and heart. I can help you pay gentle and friendly attention to these places in you that might be asking for attention and care, and the opportunity to tell their story.


Focusing is particularly effective in healing unresolved trauma. This can be from childhood abuse (sexual, physical, emotional, neglect), as well as all sorts of other traumas and issues, including addictions. Please contact me if you would like to talk through how focusing-oriented therapy and focusing can help your recovery.


If you would like to work with me to learn focusing as a self-help practice, or you would like to deepen your focusing experience, you are very welcome to contact me to discuss what you need. Focusing can work in person or over video link.

I am also very open to supporting your self-discovery through art and imagery during counselling or focusing sessions.

Why counselling?

Making sense : however stuck or unhappy we feel, however weird, scary or deeply distressing our experiences, these make very good sense when we understand them as a natural reaction to what life has thrown at us. This includes childhood experiences, losses, painful dilemmas in adult life, as well as the social and economic conditions we are living in, or society’s view of how we should be.

I've helped people with:

  • depression and feeling low
  • self-criticism
  • anxiety
  • relationship difficulties
  • parenting issues
  • bereavement
  • childhood trauma including sexual abuse
  • loneliness and social isolation
  • discrimination
  • work or the lack of work
  • gender identity
  • low self esteem, lack of confidence
  • addictions
  • hearing voices
  • bullying
  • self-harm
  • growing older

You may also want counselling because you are experiencing life in ways that are hard to describe - feeling stuck, feeling life has no meaning, feeling numb, feeling reactive to everything, being in conflict with other people or in conflict within yourself, having difficulty making decisions, feeling unfulfilled. You may feel that there is more that you want in life but don’t know how to find it.

Contact information and fees

Alison Thorpe
0772 803 6688
[email protected]

Counselling: I charge £50 for a 60 minute session. I am open to working for a longer session length than this (room bookings permitting) and the cost of this is negotiable between us.

You are welcome to contact me for an initial conversation, eg over the phone or email. If you would like to, you can then book an in-person session to see if working with me feels right for you. If after this you want to continue, I will hold a regular slot for our sessions together.

I am a registered member of the National Counselling Society, and abide by their Ethical Framework.

I am a member of Brighton & Hove Therapy Hub


Diploma in Person-centred Counselling, City Lit, London.

I have been counselling people for 8 years.

Certified Focusing Practitioner with the British Focusing Association

I have been focusing and helping other people with focusing for 10 years.

I have counselled people at a drug and alcohol project in South London (TTP, Trust the Process, Lewisham) (2014-2015) and at a mental health wellbeing centre in Hackney (The Centre for Better Health, 2015-2017).