Dorlisa Purkiss, MBACP, Croydon, Purley, Kenley & Whyteleafe

Dorlisa Purkiss, MBACP, Croydon, Purley, Kenley & Whyteleafe

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About me

In life there will be times when you feel worried, sad, anxious, depressed about your current situation. Or stuck and unhappy in life or in a relationship. We all need help and support in life at times. I offer a safe and confidential space for you to explore your thoughts and feelings, offer support, and tools to equip you towards a resolution and peace of mind.

I am a warm approachable and relational counsellor, I work sensitively and at a pace that best suits you. I work alongside my clients in partnership and aim to cultivate a strong therapeutic relationship. Our work together will be ethically and professionally conducted, confidential and with guaranteed anonymity. I work in a non-judgemental, compassionate and authentic way and in a comfortable environment.

There is no problem too small or big! I work with most concerns, if I am not able to assist you I will recommend or signpost you to a relevant organisation or person.

My focus in therapy is to empower and equip you with various resources to make the best choices and decisions to relief your distress. I also believe that therapy can support integration of mind, body and soul/heart and assist in a more balanced sense of self.

I work in an integrative way, simply meaning I will use a variety of theories and tools to work with you as a unique individual. I believe that no one therapeutic approach has all the answers and therapy should be tailored to meet everyone's individual needs. I aim to provide the right support in helping my clients to feel understood, less anxious, free and empowered to start moving forward with their lives.

I look forward to hearing from you, feel free to call, text or email to arrange an appointment. If you would like to discuss your concerns or would like more information without any obligation, please do not hesitate to contact me on 07900 256868 or email me.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Intermediate Year 2 Contextualising Change: Systemic Practice with Families & Couples awarded by SWLSG NHS & AFT
  • Foundation of Systemic Practice Applications & Skills awarded by SWLSG NHS & AFT
  • Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies (CST-L3)
  • Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (CSK-L2)
  • Introduction to Counselling

Before I trained as a counsellor I worked in the city for over a decade in the advertising/media sector and understand the pressures and challenges of maintaining a healthy work life balance. This is an area I am passionate about, I have helped and supported many individuals and families to set healthy life boundaries which has empowered them to make different life choices.

I have experience in facilitating a Domestic Violence Awareness programme and I have also been trained as a Freedom Programme Facilitator. Working with survivors has given me insight and knowledge of how this can impact individuals and families. I work specifically with individuals and families to help restore and rebuild their lives back.

Private Practice

I have worked in Private Practice for many years now and I have good knowledge of difference and diversity. I have vast knowledge of working with many people from different walks of life, ages, sexual identities, ethnicity's, cultures, classes, religions, abilities, disabilities, and ages. I am well travelled. I like to explore you as a person and your family culture and upbringing, I feel that this can reveal so much about you.


I have worked in various charities as a Counsellor and I have experience in working with individuals with addictions and carers and families impacted by addiction. My role in the Drug & Alcohol Service, included supporting and equipping clients with a range of tools and techniques to help manage anxiety/depression in a safe confidential counselling agency.

Couples and Families:

I have a post graduate diploma in Systemic therapy, I have experience working with couples and families using a variety of interventions and techniques.

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Life Crisis
  • Life Coaching
  • Divorce
  • Mindfulness Techniques/Tools
  • Pastoral Counselling
  • Pre-Marital Counselling
  • Fertility Treatment Support
  • Parental Support
  • Life Changes
  • Illness recovery
  • Identity
  • Self-Esteem
  • Confidence
  • Affair Recovery
  • Intimacy
  • Feeling Overwhelmed
  • Pregnancy
  • New Mum or Dad
  • Stress
  • Aniexty
  • Depression


Assessment/Introductory Session: £30.00

Face to Face Sessions: Individuals: £50.00 (50 mins.) Couples: £65.00 (per hour)

Telephone and Skype Sessions: £50.00 (50 mins.)

My service is open to individuals from a vast range of socio-economic backgrounds, I offer concessions for mature adults, students and those on low-incomes.

Further information

If you decide that you would like to give counselling a try I am able to provide both short, long term and open ended therapy.

Maps & Directions

Whyteleafe, CR3

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: No

Home Visits available subject to availability and approval.


(Mornings & Afternoons, 9 am to 2 pm) (Evenings, 6 pm to 8 pm) (Weekends 8 am to 12 noon) Available on Skype, Zoom and other platforms

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme