Karen Allington Psychodynamic Counsellor/Psychotherapist. MBACP Registered.

Karen Allington Psychodynamic Counsellor/Psychotherapist. MBACP Registered.


Rownhams House
Betteridge Drive
SO16 8LS

07776 485406

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About me

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.

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  • The counselling room at Southampton


Initial Consultation: £45

Weekly counselling/psychotherapy sessions: To be discussed.

Further information

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and I abide by their code of ethics.

Maps & Directions

Alresford, SO24
Southampton, SO16 8LS

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access: No


Monday - Friday daytimes and some evening appointments.

Types of client

Older adults