About Me

I have been practising as a counsellor since 1996 and obtained my Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling in 2000. Find out more about me and my experience below.

Treatments available from Sarah Rutter Counselling & Psychotherapy

I offer both counselling and psychotherapy services suitable for addressing a range of problems – including relationship problems, behavioural issues, bereavement, depression and stress – in the town of Purley in the London Borough of Croydon.


If you’ve recently suffered from a traumatic experience, such as the death of a loved one, this can result in anxiety, stress, depression or mood swings – any of which could adversely affect your daily life and prevent you realising your full potential in life or work.

The objective of counselling is helping the client to understand their unhelpful behaviours and life patterns – and, therefore, how those behaviours and life patterns can be changed for the better. Through weekly sessions at my consulting rooms near Purley, clients can safely explore how they feel in the presence of a trained and sympathetic counsellor.

My counselling sessions take a psychodynamic approach; this theoretical orientation enables me to assist clients in considering how their past has particularly influenced their current behaviour. Bereavement, lack of confidence, work issues, life crises and struggles in making life choices are among the many issues that I can address through counselling.


10 Melville Avenue, South Croydon, Surrey, CR2 7HY


020 8688 0005




Psychotherapy, like counselling, intends to help clients to explore their life difficulties. However, psychotherapy sessions occur more frequently – sometimes as often as three times a week – than counselling sessions, as they aim to much more deeply investigate the unconscious conflicts behind the patient’s psychological or emotional problems.

To this end, psychotherapy typically takes place over a longer period than counselling. The ultimate aim of psychotherapy can be to bring big changes to the client’s personality, thus ensuring that they adopt the right attitude to prevent their mental problems resurfacing.


Traumatic experiences, life events, loss and bereavement


Psychotherapy is usually a longer process than counselling

Relationship Problems

Counselling provides an opportunity and a space to talk about difficulties
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Anxiety & Stress

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

Traumatic experiences, life events, loss and bereavement can cause anxiety and stress
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I have been providing counselling in the Surrey and Croydon area since 2004
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