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Regular weekly sessions can provide a safe place for clients to explore their feelings

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Traumatic experiences, life events, loss and bereavement can cause symptoms of anxiety and stress

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Sarah Rutter Counselling has been providing counselling in the Surrey and Croydon area since 2004

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Sarah Rutter Counselling & Psychotherapy

This is the website of the South Croydon based Sarah Rutter Counselling & Psychotherapy, and I hope you find it useful for learning more about the services that I offer in South Croydon in South London.

I can help you through your psychological or emotional problem

With my company, I have been providing counselling for a range of psychological issues since 2004. Many clients have benefited from my services – and, if you also live in Croydon, Sanderstead, Selsdon, New Addington, Norbury, Thornton Heath, South Norwood, West Croydon, East Croydon, Purley, Coulsdon, Shirley, Beckenham, Woodside, Kenley, Caterham, in fact any part of Surrey, Kent, Greater London with connections to East Croydon or West Croydon Stations, I look forward to helping you, too. As a Counsellor & Therapist these are the mental health issues I am experienced in tackling include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Therapy
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Relationship Counsellor (I do not see couples)
  • Bereavement Counselling
  • Stress Counselling
  • Sexual Abuse Counselling
  • Behavioural Counselling
  • Work-related problems
  • Poor self-esteem
  • Disability problems


I have over 15 years’ experience of working in a range of therapeutic settings – including the NHS, private practice, a student helpline and a charity providing low cost counseling. I should caution that I am not, however, trained in working with children and young people aged under 18.

Local and friendly Counsellor, Therapy, Therapist in South Croydon

 Having worked with adults across a broad spectrum of ages, sexual orientations and backgrounds. If you want me to help you to overcome a psychological or emotional difficulty, you can directly contact me – you don’t need to be referred by someone else.

It’s easy to travel to my consulting room; this is in my home in South Croydon, which is only a five minute walk away from Lloyd Park tram stop. Also available nearby is free parking, both off-street and in surrounding roads. I look forward to warmly welcoming you in person.

My practice covers South Croydon, Sanderstead, Selsdon, New Addington, Norbury, Thornton Heath, South Norwood, West Croydon, East Croydon, Purley, Coulsdon, Shirley, Beckenham, Woodside, Kenley, Caterham, in fact any part of Surrey, Kent, Greater London with connections to East Croydon or West Croydon Stations because the  transport links are very good to Lloyd Park tram stop which is 5 minutes walk away from where I live and have my consulting room.

I have patients from all over the areas mentioned and they find it's very easy to get to me.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is counselling?

    Counselling provides an opportunity and a space to talk about difficulties you are having in your life to an impartial, non-judgemental and objective person who will not offer you advice, unlike friends and family members.

  • What is psychotherapy?

    Like counselling, psychotherapy is a place to talk to a trained professional about difficulties you may experience.It is usually a process which makes links between your present problems and your early life experiences, which continue to influence how you feel and behave in the present. Psychotherapy is a deeper and, in most cases, a longer process than counselling.

  • What sort of training should counsellors and psychotherapists have?

    Counsellors should have undergone at least a postgraduate Diploma in Counselling at a training establishment which is accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and should be a member of a professional organisation such as BACP ( , the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) (, or the United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapy (UKCP) ( Counsellors should adhere to a professional Code of Ethics such as that of the BACP.

    Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists should have undertaken a rigorous course of study such as that provided by WPF Training (, the Guild of Psychotherapists (, the Society of Analytical Psychology (, The British Psychotherapy Foundation (, Institute of Psychoanalysis (, which equips them for the very responsible task of working with clients in a way which examines their unconscious motivations and feelings.

  • How much will it cost?

    In the London area, fees per session can vary between £35 and £75. Some therapists set aside a few sessions per week to work with people who cannot afford their full fee. There are several organisations in Croydon that provide lower cost counselling such as CPF Counselling (, MIND in Croydon (, Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre (, Off the Record (specifically for children and young people) (

  • What sort of problems can be treated in counselling and psychotherapy?

    I have experience in working with the following issues:-

    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
    • Relationship Problems (I do not see couples)
    • Work-related problems
    • Lack of self esteem
    • Disability issues

    I have considerable experience of working therapeutically in the NHS and private practice with people who have learning disabilities.  I have worked in a variety of different settings, including a student helpline, a charity providing low cost counselling for 13 years, in the NHS and in private practice for 8 years. I am not trained to work with children and young people under the age of 18.

  • How long will it take?

    This is a difficult question to answer precisely because the length of time it take will depend on the severity of the problems the client brings, the frequency of the sessions (once or more than once a week), the level of commitment of the client and the length of time it takes to build up trust between client and therapist.  It is often surprising how long that process can take. 

  • What qualifications do I have?

    I have a Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling and a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from WPF Training.  Counsellors and Psychotherapists are obliged to undertake Continuing Professional Development workshops and seminars throughout the year to maintain their registration with their professional body.   The most important part of my training has been my own analysis.  All reputable trainings require therapists to be in therapy themselves so that they understand the process from the viewpoint of the client. 

  • What are the boundaries of confidentiality?

    Therapeutic sessions take place in strict confidence.  However, in the event of a client giving their therapist reason to be anxious about the client’s safety or that of other people, then he or she would be duty bound to inform the client’s GP in consultation with the client.  Many clients have suicidal thoughts which are not carried into action.  Therapists understand that there is a wide distinction between thoughts and actions.   Counsellors and psychotherapists are required to have clinical supervision, which means that they discuss their cases with a senior psychotherapist or analyst.  However, clients’ names are not used so that their identity is protected.

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