I’m Alison Thorpe, an experienced counsellor working in Hackney E8 and N16. I work with adults on an open-ended basis, so you decide how long is right for you.
My approach is person-centred and focusing-oriented. I will work with you to create a safe space where you can talk about whatever you need to.
It's easy to contact me. Together we can start a conversation about what’s happening for you, what you need and if working with me as your counsellor feels right.
We start with where you are. There is no requirement to be anything other than how you are, at this point in your life.
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.
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. I am writing about healing from trauma and dissociation for the blog section of this website. 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.
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:
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.
Alison Thorpe MBACP
0772 803 6688
Counselling: I charge £50 for a 50 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.
Focusing sessions: introductory session £25. Ongoing sessions negotiable, depending on whether this is online or in-person, and whether it is part of, or separate from, counselling.
I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and abide by their Ethical Framework (2016). I am insured to work as a counsellor and therapist.
I work from a lovely calm therapy room at HQ Therapy 322C Kingsland Road, E8 4DE
Diploma in Person-centred Counselling, City Lit, London.
I have been counselling people for 4 years.
Certificate in Focusing Skills and Experiential Listening
I have been focusing and helping other people with focusing for 7 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).