Alison is an incredibly calm and empathetic individual who is very considered in her approach. She explores the origins of behaviours that have become self-defeating, but also focuses on improving an individual's life and well-being in the present, on current coping strategies and support systems. She aims to work in a transparent and collaborative way, to help clients explore and find the best way forward.
Alison specialises in the treatment of alcohol and substance abuse and process addictions (including compulsive overspending, sexual addiction and addictive patterns in relationships). Alison also has experience working with LGBT community and works with the Terence Higgins Trust.
She has had many years of experience working with people at all stages of the journey of recovery from addiction, particularly those who have stopped the addictive behaviours and now find that they need professional help to deal with underlying issues. Alison also has extensive experience in eating disorders, depression, offering family support, issues around sexuality and gender identity, stress, panic and coping with life, work and career issues.
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
- Mindfulness-Based /Cognitive Therapy – MBCT
- Group and Family therapy
Qualifications & Experiences
Alison Hunt has 19 years' post-qualification organisational and private practice experience as a psychotherapist, supervisor, clinical manager and clinical director. She has a Master's degree in clinical social work (MSW), (which is a core mental health and psychotherapeutic training in the USA), from New York University. Alison has completed further training in clinical supervision and consultancy at The Tavistock Centre and the Maudsley Hospital, and in Group Analysis at the IGA, and has a City and Guilds qualification in understanding HIV and AIDS.
She has trained and worked in New York City and London and her work encompasses individual psychotherapy, family and couple counselling, and clinical supervision of other counsellors and psychotherapists. Alison has been a Clinical Manager for a leading private addiction rehabilitation centre and Clinical Director for an employee-assistance programme. Currently, Alison organises and facilitates addictions groups at the Terrence Higgins Trust, and works on a sessional basis at The Recovery Centre.