Karen Allington Psychodynamic Counsellor/Psychotherapist. BACP Registered.
Hello and welcome......taking the first step to contact a therapist can feel daunting. Perhaps I can tell you a little of how I work and then, if you are interested in finding out more, why not contact me and we could meet to discuss your needs and see whether you feel psychodynamic therapy might be of interest to you.
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.
I have substantial experience and a particular interest in working with depression, relationship difficulties and issues around pregnancy and parenthood.
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). I work psychodynamically, which means that we can explore how your past experience (particularly events in your childhood) may be affecting your life now.
With greater understanding 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.
If you contact me we can arrange an initial meeting which lasts for about one and a half hours. 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.
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 at Southampton and Alresford.
I have worked for several years as a volunteer counsellor for two community charity Counselling Services in Alton and Southampton.
I attend regular Continuing Professional Development courses.
Currently in the second year of a four year training as a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist 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.
I have completed a 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.
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
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- 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 disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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Initial Consultation: £45.00.
Weekly counselling/psychotherapy sessions: £45.00 - £50.00 per session.
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