Alison Thorpe, Counsellor (MBACP)

Alison Thorpe, Counsellor (MBACP)

489 Kingsland Road
E8 4AU

HQ Therapy
322C Kingsland Road
E8 4DE

0772 803 6688

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489 Kingsland Road
E8 4AU

HQ Therapy
322C Kingsland Road
E8 4DE

0772 803 6688

About me

Are you trying to cope with anxiety, depression, low self esteem, overwhelming feelings or experiences, or feeling stuck in life? I’m a warm and approachable counsellor, offering sensitive, listening and support so you feel heard and understood. We can work together to explore what’s going on for you and find ways forward. Sometimes this might be for a few sessions, it could also be for longer. I am open to what feels right for you. You are welcome to book one session with me with no further obligation to continue.

You may be seeking counselling because of something you can name - depression, anxiety, panic attacks, self-esteem, loneliness, childhood abuse or painful childhood experiences, trauma and PTSD, bereavement, work or relationship issues, or something that’s happened to you that you want to get help with. Sometimes what we are experiencing is much harder to put into words, eg feeling very stuck in life or feeling that life has lost meaning. I offer you a supportive space to explore what seems unclear or doesn't seem to make sense but is causing you stress or unhappiness.

Change and feeling better happens when we take time to hear ourselves, and begin to find ways forward that are right for us. My experience is that this exploration happens best, or easiest, in a safe, supportive and non-judgemental space. Previous clients have said they were able to talk about shameful or embarrassing or traumatic experiences with me, and find relief. One of my primary concerns is to provide a safe space for you where you can risk sharing what's hurting, distressing or blocking you.

Alternatively, you might want to explore how you can reach more of your potential.

Counselling can give you:

  • a more solid sense of who you are in the world
  • more inner resources
  • more ability to cope
  • the relief that comes from sharing a burden so it's no longer overwhelming or weighing down on you.


I bring ‘focusing’ into my counselling work. Focusing has been transformative in my own recovery from childhood trauma. It is a bit like mindfulness: slowing down and noticing our feelings as they express themselves. You might notice a tightness in the throat or a churning in the stomach, or perhaps a held-back-ness in the heart or chest. Letting words or images come from these places within us can bring a huge amount of relief, resolve issues and bring new ways of going forward in your life. You can also use art materials as a way to get in touch with what might be impossible to put into words.

I’m not sure why focusing is not more well known! Many schools of therapy are now seeing how helpful and effective it is to work with the body in the talking therapies. I can help you learn to pay attention in this way – it is not something we are usually encouraged or taught how to do, but it is a natural human ability we all share.

Training, qualifications & experience

Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (person-centred approach), City Lit, London. (2013-2017).

Certificate in Counselling Skills (person-centred approach), City Lit, London (2012-13)

Certificate in Focusing Skills, British Focusing Association (2011).

Postgraduate Diploma in Psychoanalytic Observational Studies, University of East London/Tavistock Clinic (1997).

I have been counselling adults for 4 years and accompanying and supporting people with focusing and listening skills for 7 years.

I am currently in training to qualify as a Focusing Practitioner with the British Focusing Association (

I previously worked at the Centre for Better Health, Hackney E9 (2015-2017) and Trust The Process, Lewisham (SE8), a drug and alcohol recovery project (2014-2015).

Member organisations


Accredited register membership


Counselling is £50 for a 50-60 minute session. I am open to working for longer sessions if this would suit you (room bookings permitting) and the cost of this is negotiable between us.

Initial session £50.

Further information

My counselling room at E8 4DE is wheelchair accessible - it is on the ground floor on a level surface. However, there is a slope (a short driveway) from the pavement to the front entrance.

I also work online - using Zoom and VSee.

Maps & Directions

London, E8 4AU
London, E8 4DE

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Yes

Wheelchair accessible ground floor counselling room at 322 Kingsland Road E8 4DE


Tuesday and Thursday evening appointments available. Early morning appointments on Mondays also available. Weekend appointments an option.

Types of client

Older adults