About me

I come from a background of nursing, qualifying within the NHS as a first level registered general nurse in 1987. Over the years I found myself developing a special interest in the individuals and families whose lives were touched by personal tragedy. I noticed ordinary people demonstrate remarkable acts of strength, courage and fortitude in the face of adversity. To this day I remain humbled by those who invited me to stay with them during private moments of distress, and perhaps even crisis. I believe it was during these times when I first learned how best to respond in a professional, yet real manner. This way of 'being' seems to help the success of my therapeutic work with others.

I now work as a highly qualified, experienced psychodynamic, analytic counsellor and offer an effective style of talking therapy recognised for psychological health and wellbeing. I'm passionate about my work and aim to facilitate sessions to a standard of excellence, so you can get the best from my professional expertise and from your therapeutic experience. By talking together in confidence, I can help you understand why you think, feel and do those things you do! Opportunities are then created for effective, lasting growth and change, and also for an acceptance of what perhaps, cannot be changed. Emotions can be powerful and often they have an impact on our bodies too; it really helps to talk.

Clients often tell me they enjoy the way I work and how helpful sessions are to their lives. Some clients arrive for counselling and after a short time of working together, find that unpleasant feelings, (to include those linked with stress, anxiety) no longer dominate. Others choose to embark upon a journey of self-discovery to find new meaning, purpose and a deep sense of fulfilment to their lives. I listen carefully and actively engage with you so that you feel heard, understood, valued. The process helps increase lots of positive attributes to include your individual worth, self esteem, confidence etc., and improves relationships. Confident in my ability to support you when you're feeling vulnerable, I strive to work sensitively with you, yet always in a consistent, purposeful way. I care and your feelings matter.

Special Interests

  • Anxiety
  • Fear, Panic Attacks
  • Depression
  • Trust, Mistrust, Shame, Doubt, Guilt
  • Loss
  • Bereavement
  • Relationships
  • Childhood Development
  • Low Self Esteem, Confidence
  • Middle, Later Years
  • Unwanted Change
  • Feeling Stuck, "Groundhog Day"
  • Searching for New Meaning, Purpose

There is no need to struggle alone. Broadly speaking, the sooner you ask for help the sooner you can start working towards a healthier, happier lifestyle! © A Hamling 2021

Training, qualifications & experience

RGN, Charles Frears School of Nursing, Leicester (1984-1987)
Cert Psychodynamic Counselling, University of Leicester (2006-2008)
Ad Dip Psychodynamic Counselling, University of Cambridge (2008-2011)
BACP Accredited Training, Registered MBACP (2011-2021)

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

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.


£55.00 per session

Additional information

£55 per hour Easily accessible, Junction 10 off A14
By appointment only, please


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Daytime & Evening Appointments

Barton Seagrave

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Alison Hamling

Alison Hamling