Sue Utley MSc RMBACP

Sue Utley MSc RMBACP

The Little Escape
4 Paxton Mews (off Westow Street)
Upper Norwood
SE19 3RW

The Carers Centre
Waldram Place
Forest Hill
SE23 2LB

07724 669753

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The Little Escape
4 Paxton Mews (off Westow Street)
Upper Norwood
SE19 3RW

The Carers Centre
Waldram Place
Forest Hill
SE23 2LB

07724 669753

About me

My name is Sue Utley (MSc, RMBACP) and I am a practising psychodynamic counsellor/psychotherapist. I am committed to providing counselling and psychotherapy in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment. I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I work with individuals on an open-ended basis or for an agreed time period, with the aim of enabling you to enhance your life and to live it more fully.

About You
Are you unhappy or dissatisfied with how your life is?
Do you have difficulty in building and maintaining positive relationships?
Do you often feel helpless and alone?
Are there aspects of your life that you feel confused about?
Do you feel unsupported and uncared for?
Would you like help to come to terms with a difficult time in your life, for example a bereavement, the end of a relationship?
Counselling or Psychotherapy can give you the space to think and be thought about. It allows you to have more insight into why you think, feel and behave in the way that you do. In turn this insight allows choice and change.

The difference between Counselling and Psychotherapy
Counselling tends to be focused on a specific issue and the work is briefer.
Psychotherapy is longer term work and looks more deeply into the client's emotional life and how they perceive themselves and others. This allows insight and insight allows change.

What to expect in the first session
In the first session I will outline the structure of the session and issues around confidentiality.
I will ask you about yourself and the difficulties that you are having. We will think about what you are hoping to gain from the work and what your anxieties around starting counselling or psychotherapy are. There will be opportunity for you to ask questions. Towards the end of the session we will consider how to progress with the work.
Therapy is once weekly on the same day and at the same time each week for an agreed period of time. These arrangements can be reviewed at any stage of the work. Each session is 50 minutes long.

What do I charge?
Payment is made on the day of the session and payment can be by cash or card. The cost of a session is £48. I am able to charge a reduced rate of £45 if a block of four sessions are booked and paid for upfront.

Where do I practice
I practice at the little escape, 4 Paxton Mews (off Westow Street), SE19 3RW.
My practice is within easy reach of Upper Norwood, Crystal Palace. The area has good public transport links and is a 10 minute walk from Gipsy Hill rail station and Crystal Palace rail and overground station. There is free parking locally.
I also practice at Lewisham Carers Centre in Forest Hill on a Wednesday evening. This is 5 minutes walk from Forest Hill Station. I am able to charge a reduced fee here of £38.00 for students and people on low income.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a Master of Science  in Adult Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy.

I have worked as an Honorary Psychotherapist in the Specialist Psychotherapy department, East London NHS Foundation Trust. I also worked for three years therapeutically with children with an organisation called Place2Be.
I have experience of working with carers of people with disabilities and young people with disabilities.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Women's issues

sexual identity, coming out issues

Caring responsibilities

Therapies offered


I charge £48 a session. Sessions are 50 minutes long. If a block of 4 or more sessions are booked and paid for up front I can offer a reduced fee of £45 a session.
On a Wednesday evening I can charge reduced rates for students and people on a low income.

Further information

The room I use on a Wednesday evening is wheelchair accessible.

Maps & Directions

London, SE19 3RW
London, SE23 2LB

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


I have availability on Wednesday afternoons/evenings and Saturday afternoon. On Wednesdays I use a room that is wheelchair accessible, with accessible toilets on site.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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