Carlie Pottington Counselling

South London

Hello, I’m Carlie.


I’m a qualified counsellor providing face to face and online counselling in South London. Additionally, I’m a registered member of the BACP specialising in trauma, sexual identity, gender identity, self-esteem, loss, bereavement, relationship issues, anxiety and depression. My private practice is based at the Body and Mind Centre in Clapham and Dragonfly Place in Brockley.

Originally from Brighton, a quirky and eclectic city, my experience of the world has been shaped by its openness and acceptance. I feel growing up within this dynamic city has shaped me into the open-minded person I am today. Therefore, I place a strong focus on diversity and inclusion and cherishe the uniqueness in all of us.

I have always been drawn to exploring the bigger questions, trying to understand what it means to be human. To understand our shared experiences and our individual stories. This has led to an interest in exploring how our connection with our sexuality, gender and relationships can shape our identity. For this reason, I believe we are all continually in the process of becoming who we are.

My Approach

I offer an accepting, safe and creative environment where collaboratively we can explore what has brought you to therapy. Working from a Gestalt perspective, I take a holistic approach focussing on your relationship with your thoughts, feelings, body, social environment and soul. By paying attention to these parts together we can explore and appreciate the whole of who you are.

Working relationally, I listening to your story with warmth and openness. Together we will bring a greater awareness and understanding to the reasons bringing you to counselling. If you are feeling overwhelmed for example by your anxiety, internal thoughts, low mood or inner critic, we will first look at practical ways to reduce the impact of these symptoms. We will then focus on understanding why these internal processes have developed and explore new ways of approaching these habitual patterns.

The paradoxical theory of change highlights internal transformation can only occur by bringing awareness and acceptance to how you are in the present moment. Modern life can be busy but pausing to give yourself space to reflect on how you are can be healing. Therapy can help you gain a greater sense of belonging, express vulnerability and be truly heard, seen and accepted as you are.

My previous experience includes working at Mind Out an LGBTQ Mental Health Charity providing counselling, mental health workshops and managing the counselling service. Additionally, I provided bereavement counselling at St Wilfrid’s Hospice. I have also partnered with Gaydio and Tide to offer support to their members during the Coronavirus Pandemic. I currently offer counselling in South London at the Body and Mind Centre and Dragonfly Place in Brockley.

“The human heart yearns for contact, above all it yearns for genuine dialogue. Each of us desperately yearns to be met. To be recognised in our uniqueness, fullness and vulnerability”

Hycner & Jacobs



Life can provide us with many challenges, with no guidebook helping us navigate these difficulties. Subsequently, we are all trying our best to make meaning out of a messy and chaotic world. Although the experiences we go through in life are varied and our stories unique, the emotions we all feel are universal; loss, heartbreak, anger, fear, shame, confusion and loneliness to name but a few.

Taking the first step to access counselling can be a scary and daunting process. It takes huge courage to acknowledge there are things in our lives we wish to change. Perhaps you want to improve your well-being, look at experiences from your past or explore patterns in relationships.

Therapy focuses on understanding your problems and barriers. We will explore how you experience the world, to understand the internal conflicts and unhelpful patterns which hold you back. Above all, building a greater sense of awareness regarding your feelings can often be painful to start with, but with gentle witnessing can create a sense of freedom to make new choices in our lives.

Take the first step to accessing counselling in South London and contact me today. I offer an initial no obligation meeting for us to meet and to see how we can work together. Below are a list of frequently asked questions.




Getting Started



Number of Sessions

This is entirely down to you and how much you are gaining from the therapeutic process. You have the right to end therapy at any time ideally through a planned ending. I offer short-term and open-ended therapy.


All information in sessions remain confidential unless you are a risk to yourself or someone else. I will always endeavor to discuss any necessary breach of confidentiality with you first. To ensure I am working in the best interest of clients, I attend regular supervision where I discuss my work but do not share any personally identifiable information.


Sessions are 50 minutes long and the fee is £70. Fees can either be paid via bank transfer before the session or by cash in the session.

First Session

Whether you’re having counselling in South London or online, the first session is a no obligation initial meeting for us both to get to know each other. The therapeutic relationship is key to the success of therapy so it’s important you feel you can work with me. This session is as much about you getting a sense of who I am, as it is about me getting a sense of you.


Dragonfly Place

Dragonfly Place

Damsel House, Unit E, London SE4 2FN

Body and Mind Centre

Body and Mind Centre

162 Acre Lane, SW2 5UL



Get in touch to organise an introductory session…