Alison Sutcliffe

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Counsellor & Psychotherapist PG Dip MSc MBACP (Accred)
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Brighton BN1
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About me

*Free Initial Consultation Via Phone Or Zoom*


Is life feeling difficult right now?  Maybe you're feeling anxious or down for reasons that are clear e.g. bereavement or trauma…or maybe you’re feeling anxious or down and you’re not quite sure why?  

You could also be struggling with your relationship with your partner or someone else who is very important to you (e.g. friend, family member) - when our important relationships are not doing well then we’re not doing well hence why I also offer Relationship Therapy and Couple Counselling. 


I am an accredited and experienced psychotherapist and my role is to help you make sense of what is happening for you and, through the process of our work together, free you up to live your life more fully.

I have been working with clients for nearly 15 years and I find myself continually delighted by our human ability to face our challenges and begin to not just survive but thrive.

I will provide you with a therapeutic space where you feel safe enough to explore what is going on for you and, from this, create positive change for yourself.  Whether that be in person in Fiveways Brighton, Central Brighton (New Road) or online wherever you happen to be in the UK. 

How It Works

I find that the experience of being truly heard is so often missing from our lives – this seemingly simplistic of act of feeling listened to, and understood, can provide the first step towards deeper personal understanding and a relief from what you are experiencing right now.

This, in turn, can lead us to see our difficulties more clearly, accept ourselves more fully and help us make changes that enable us to manage our lives more happily and successfully

Research states that the relationship between you and I is key to you getting what you want and need out of counselling and psychotherapy.  Some of our struggles will have been born out of relationships and therefore it is within a therapeutic relationship that your struggles can be addressed. Hence why I offer a free consultation so that we can see whether we feel like a good fit.

Group Therapy

Want to feel more confident?  Less socially anxious?  And have improved relationships? Please see my EVENTS for the details of 2 offerings of Group Therapy at New Road Psychotherapy (Hove) on Tuesday evenings (1830-2000) & New Road Psychotherapy (Brighton) on Thursday mornings (0800-0930).

Training, qualifications & experience

I have been practicing as a counsellor & pyschotherapist since 2009 and I’ve completed specialist online training in order to provide Online Therapy.  I have gained my BACP accreditation.  I am a Person-centred counsellor & psychotherapist – this means that I believe that you are unique and you have the innate ability to grow towards your own full potential. 

Beyond 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,  groups of adults within an NHS setting and I am offering:

  1. Group Therapy at New Road Psychotherapy (Hove) on Tuesday evenings (1830-2000)
  2. Group Therapy New Road Psychotherapy (Brighton) on Thursday mornings (0800-0930)

I have also completed EFT Couple Counselling training in order to work with those who wish to work on their relationships with another person/s in the room.

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 and sought 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 and psychotherapy training.

I work in an LGBTQIA+ Affirmative way and I welcome people from all lifestyle choices and sexual orientations.  I am continually informing myself about the breadth of cultural backgrounds and experiences that come together to make each one of us unique – I’d always hope to be able to meet you fully regardless of the differences between us.

My qualifications to date (most recent first):

  • Impasses and Challenges in EFT - Rebecca Jorgensen 2023
  • EFT Stage 2-3: Deepening Engagement & Consolidation - Rebecca Jorgensen 2023
  • EFT Stage 1: Reaching De-escalation - Rebecca Jorgensen 2023
  • Core Concepts and Interventions in EFT - Rebecca Jorgensen 2023
  • MSc in Contemporary Person-Centred Psychotherapy and Applications - Metanoia Institute - 2022 (return to study - fully qualified in 2010)
  • Working with shame - Carolyn Spring 2020
  • Talking about sex in the therapy room - Meg-John Barker 2020
  • Working with survivors of sexual violence - Rape Crisis 2017
  • Diploma in Online Therapeutic Counselling - Online Training For Counsellors 2015
  • Making Trauma Therapy Safer - with Babette Rothschild 2015
  • General Certificate in Online Counselling Skills - Online Training For Counsellors 2013
  • Group Facilitation - City Lit 2011
  • Diploma in Practitioner Counselling Skills (person-centred approach) - City Lit 2010 (= fully qualified)
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills - City Lit 2008
  • Time Limited Counselling - City Lit 2008














Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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£70.00 - £85.00

Concessions offered for

  • Students

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva
  • Axa Health
  • BUPA
  • Vitality

Additional information

Our initial telephone or online consultation will be free of charge - let's work out whether we're right for each other without a financial commitment.

Individual work is £70 for a 50 minute daytime session and £80 per 50 minute session for sessions after 5pm

Couple therapy is £85 for a 50 minute session.

Group Therapy is £30 for a 90 minute session.

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

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I offer:

  • Individual sessions daytimes Monday to Thursday & Thursday evening
  • Couple therapy sessions - daytimes plus Thursday evening
  • Group Therapy - Tuesday evening & Thursday morning

New Road Psychotherapy, 28 New Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1UG

Fiveways Hub, 360b Ditchling Road, Fiveways, Brighton, BN1 6JF

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

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Alison Sutcliffe
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