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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.

At certain times in life some people can find that it is helpful to have the opportunity to work through issues in a safe and non judgemental space, with someone who isn't a friend or relative and who is trained in skills that support the person to explore their thoughts, perceptions and behaviour.
This might be help with coping with feelings of anxiety in every day life or triggered by a particular event.  It could be support with dealing with feelings of depression, low mood or low self esteem.  It might be help with working through feelings of loss following a bereavement or the breakdown of a relationship.  It might  be that you feel that things in your life are not quite right at the moment and you'd like to give yourself the space and time to work this through.
Psychodynamic Counselling/ 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.

Where do I practice
I have recently moved my practice to my home.
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 over ground station. There is free parking locally.

For initial consultations I hire a room at The Little Escape, Crystal Palace.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a MSc  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 nearly 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


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Women's issues

sexual identity, coming out issues

Caring responsibilities


Additional information

What do I charge?
Payment is made on the day of the session and payment can be by cash or card. The cost of an initial 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. For students and those on a low income, I can negotiate a reduced fee.

When I work

Evening slots; Monday 6pm, Wednesday 8.15pm, Thursday 6pm. Daytime slots; Thursday 3pm

Crystal Palace, London, SE19

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

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults