Alison Thorpe, Counsellor (MBACP)

Alison Thorpe, Counsellor (MBACP)


HQ Therapy
322C Kingsland Road
E8 4DE

0772 803 6688

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HQ Therapy
322C Kingsland Road
E8 4DE

0772 803 6688

About me

Perhaps you’re feeling stuck, or coping with painful emotions, or caught in repetitive ways of reacting? I offer healing through sensitive listening and compassionate support. I can also help you hear the messages your body is sending you that point your way forward.

I have current appointments for new clients in E8 and N16.

It might feel risky to contact a counsellor for the first time (or each time). I'm a warm, approachable counsellor, and you are welcome to book a single session with me to see if working with me feels right for you.

You may be seeking counselling because of something you can identify, eg depression, anxiety, self-esteem, bereavement, work or relationship issues, or something from your past that you want to talk about and get help with. Sometimes what we are experiencing is much harder to put into words. It can be very hard to cope with loss, stuckness, despair, and anxiety alone.

As a person-centred counsellor, my aim is for you to feel fully heard, accepted and understood. I will work with you so you have company as you explore your thoughts, feelings, and life experiences.

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
  • ways forward
  • 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 healing journey 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/chest. Letting words or images come from these places within us can bring a huge amount of relief and healing and new ways forward in life.

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, N16
London, E8 4DE

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None