My approach

I work with individual adults from age 18+.

Psychodynamic counselling/therapy is an opportunity for you to meet at the same time each week with me and talk about whatever you wish to bring. We can think together about your struggles and bring some meaning and understanding to your life; this can help you feel less overwhelmed. It can feel a great relief to share your concerns with a trusted therapist. You don’t have to battle on alone.

Working with me, I can help support you come to terms with issues in your life and enable you to let go of outdated ways of viewing the world and your place in it.

Psychodynamic therapy aims to help you understand yourself more deeply, enabling clearer thinking and a more fulfilling way of living.

Psychodynamic counselling/therapy believes that the early life of the individual profoundly affects development and thus difficulties in adult life can have their origins in the client’s past.

As a Psychodynamic therapist I am interested in the way in which you may find yourself repeating unhelpful patterns of behaviour, eg in relationships, do you always end up with the same unsatisfying outcome? Psychodynamic counselling/therapy can help you to understand what lies behind such patterns so that you can identify when you may be liable to repeat something damaging so that you can make better choices for yourself.

My Experience

I am an accredited Psychodynamic Counsellor with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapists (BACP).

I have been in private practice since 2014, working with a wide range of clients between the ages of early 20s – mid 80s.

I have experience of working with a wide range of problems including depression, anxiety, feelings of hopelessness, inability to fulfil ambitions, loss, midlife crisis, older age issues, psychosomatic problems, loss of interest in life.

I have worked for two counselling charities: Alton Counselling Centre and Southampton Counselling and Therapy Centre.

I had an honorary placement at an NHS in-patient Psychiatric Department to further understand severe mental illness.

I have regular supervision to support my work.

I attend regular CPD event to support my ongoing professional development.


2014: BACP Accredited HE Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling (Univ. Surrey)

Level 3 Certificate Counselling Skills

Level 2 Certificate Counselling Concepts

2018: Certificate in Infant Observation with the British Psychotherapy Foundation, London. (Observed the development of an infant from birth to one year).

2017 – to date: Final year of an intensive training with the British Psychotherapy Foundation in London as a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist for Adults for up to 3 X weekly sessions.

Professional Membership

I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their Code of Ethics.


I am bound by the Code of Ethics of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and am subject to their complaints procedure. Please see BACP website for a copy of the Ethical frame work.

Contact me

Please feel free to contact me either by email or by phone: 07776 485406.

Karen Allington

Psychodynamic Counsellor/Psychotherapist

MBACP (Accred)