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Alison Thorpe

Brighton and Hove BN3 5QL

  • Trauma
  • Spirituality
  • Creativity
  • Focusing Oriented counselling
  • Dreams
  • Inner relationship Focusing
  • NVC


I'm a self-employed focusing-oriented therapist and focusing practitioner living and working in Brighton. I've been a focuser for 11 years. You're very welcome to contact me to discuss your needs, whether that is counselling or focusing or focusing training.

What services do I offer?

Focusing and counselling in person in Brighton, and online using Zoom or Skype.

Focusing for counsellors, therapists and other helping professionals. You can book a session or sessions with me to use (or learn) focusing to explore your work or what is going on for you in relation to your helping role. Focusing can get at the heart of things and be very helpful in a short amount of time.

I'm open to talking and exploring (and focusing) with you to see what you're needing at this particular time. That might be personal development, resolving an issue, dealing with stuckness, indecision, inner conflict or depression, or you might want someone to listen to you fully. You might want to explore having counselling or might decide that focusing sessions is what feels right. I work with a lot of clients who have childhood trauma or other traumatic life events and are seeking healing.

My background in Focusing

I came across Gendlin's book, 'Focusing' around 2002, but I didn't learn focusing until I took a weekend course in 2011. I'd tried doing focusing from the book, but that wasn't easy. When I did start learning focusing, it very quickly became 'oh this is what I've needed' and I threw myself into focusing fully. I am still in love with focusing and find it endlessly fascinating and deeply helpful and healing.
I've had a lot of experience of focusing-oriented therapy, and healing trauma, as a client which has deeply informed my practice. I encourage people to open to, to invite, to go with, what comes to them when they take some slowing down time to sense how a problem, or a longing, or an unmet need feels for them. That might be in the body, but it might come in many other ways - I sometimes get song lyrics or a poem which is just right for the problem I'm wanting answers to. Focusing for me is often a very visual and inner landscape experience.
I also more and more appreciate the value of listening and being heard, both for myself and for others.


Focusing Skills Certificate, BFA, 2011.
Diploma in Counselling, Level 4, City Lit, London, 2017.
Focusing Practitioner, BFA, 2019.

How do I practice?

  • In person
  • Phone
  • Online

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