Karen Allington Psychodynamic Counsellor/Psychotherapist. MBACP Registered.
Are you struggling to cope with life? Perhaps you are experiencing difficulties in your relationships? Or perhaps you feel overwhelmed with conflicting feelings? Or maybe you just feel numb?
I work psychodynamically, which means that we can explore how your past experience (particularly events in your childhood) may be affecting your life now. My approach helps you to understand the root cause of your difficulties rather than just treating symptoms.
People seek counselling/therapy at different times in their lives for all sorts of reasons. If you are considering counselling or therapy you may be aware of what the problem is or it may be more difficult to really put your finger on, but there is perhaps a sense in your life of something feeling not quite right.
It is a strength to be able to ask for some help when we are struggling. Sharing your concerns with a trusted listener may help you feel less alone. You may find it a relief to share experiences and feelings which perhaps you may not have been able to talk about before.
Together we can bring meaning to your difficulties and help you to understand why you may feel and act as you do (for example through noticing that you may repeat unhelpful patterns of behaviour in relationships). Therapy can help you to develop clearer thinking and you will feel more in control of your life and be able to make better choices for yourself. In this way you will discover a greater sense of personal freedom and will find a more fulfilling way of living. We can work together to help you come to terms with issues in your life and consider any changes you may wish to make.
If you contact me we can arrange an initial meeting which lasts for about 90 minutes. This is an opportunity for us to see if we feel we could work together. It gives you space to talk about your difficulties and we can consider if counselling or psychotherapy may feel right for you at this time. If so, I can arrange ongoing weekly sessions.
I see individuals once a week at the same time each week. For some people, as the work deepens, it can be helpful to come twice a week.
I work from peaceful rooms which provide a safe, confidential space in which we can work together, at your own pace, on whatever you choose to bring.
I look forward to meeting you.
Training, qualifications & experience
HE Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling (BACP Accredited Course).
University of Surrey (2014).
Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills.
Peter Symonds College, Winchester.
Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Concepts.
Peter Symonds College, Winchester.
2014 to date: I work in private practice from two locations: Rownhams just outside central Southampton, convenient for Romsey, Nursling, North Baddesley, Winchester. I also have a practice in Alresford, close to Winchester.
I have worked for several years as a volunteer counsellor for two community charity Counselling Services.
Continuing Professional Development:
2017 - to date: Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy for adults with the British Psychotherapy Foundation in London. This is a training to work intensively with individuals up to three times per week in order to explore and understand the patient's difficulties in order to bring about profound and lasting changes.
2018: Certificate in Infant Observation with the British Psychotherapy Foundation in London:
This course enabled me to observe a mother prior to the birth of her baby, through the early weeks with her newborn until the infant's first birthday. The first year of life is a crucial time for laying down the foundations of the personality and the earliest relationships the baby develops with his/her carer/s will have a profound influence on all subsequent relationships in the individual's life.
2019: Honourary Placement in the NHS at an in-patient psychiatric hospital to develop further understanding of mental illness.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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Initial Consultation: £45
Weekly counselling/psychotherapy sessions: To be discussed.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and I abide by their code of ethics.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday - Friday daytimes and some evening appointments.
Types of client