Alison Hunt

About me and my practice

Alison Hunt has 30 years post-qualification experience working in organisations and private practice as a mental health practitioner, group facilitator, supervisor, clinical manager and clinical director. She trained and has worked in New York City and London.

Alison trained at New York University, and holds a Master’s degree in clinical social work (MSW), a core mental health and psychotherapeutic training in the USA.

Alison has completed further training in clinical supervision and consultancy at The Tavistock Centre and the Maudsley Hospital in Group Analysis at the Institute for Group Analysis and in Attachment Theory at The Bowlby Centre.

Alisons continuing professional education includes: the treatment of substance abuse, eating disorders, and sex addiction CBT the treatment of depression & anxiety mindfulness and Mentalization-based Therapy.

Outline of offer

Following many years practicing in Central London, Alison re-located to Truro, where she continues to see clients for individual psychotherapy, family and couple counselling, and to provide clinical supervision for other counsellors, psychotherapists and support workers.

Alisons approach has evolved over time and with experience, being broadly psychodynamic and relational, but incorporating elements of cognitive and third wave CBT approaches. Alison has extensive knowledge and experience of the treatment of substance and behavioural addictions, and uses motivational enhancement, behavioural, attachment theory, neurobiological understanding, mindfulness and 12 Step approaches in dealing with these issues. She has many years of experience working with people at all stages of the journey of recovery from addiction, particularly those who, having stopped the addictive behaviour(s), then find that they need professional help to deal with underlying issues.

Alison is also experienced in dealing with work-related stress, depression, anxiety, and issues related to sexuality and identity.


Alison has held the following posts:

  • Private practice in Truro, Central London and New York City
  • Provision of short-term staff counselling for Western Power Distribution Occupational Health, Outlook South West.
  • Provision of clinical supervision and staff support / supervision groups for First Light, Outlook South West, Terrence Higgins Trust, The Forward Trust (formerly RAPt), Glenholme Healthcare, Shine Partnerships Ltd, Life Works Community.
  • Training delivery in the treatment of substance use disorders, co-occurring disorders and chemsex for organizations including:
    • Grayrock Ltd.,
    • Terrence Higgins Trust,
    • WPF Therapy and Glenholme Healthcare.
  • Service design and development for Terrence Higgins Trust, Glenholme Healthcare.
  • Clinical Manager, Life Works Community, Central London.

Alison set up and managed an Intensive Evening Programme for the treatment of addictions, eating disorders, and related mental health issues.

Alison supervised the clinical team at Lifeworks residential programme in Old Woking. Clinical Director of CiC, an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) providing counselling, training, organisational consultancy and specialist critical incident and trauma services to businesses, charities and voluntary sector organisations. Treatment Manager, Max Glatt Unit, HMP Wormwood Scrubs, a 31-bed therapeutic community for the treatment of personality disordered offenders with substance addictions.

Alison went on to develop and set up the same programme in the Women’s Estate, the first such unit for women in the UK prison system. Treatment Manager, St. Luke’s Centre residential addiction treatment programme, London. Researched, designed, set up and ran St. Luke’s Centre structured Aftercare programme. Clinician, Greenwich House Chemical Dependency Program, New York City, where Alison developed specialist provision for dual diagnosis clients. Clinician, Mental Health Center, Rikers Island jail, New York City.

Contact details


07855 266 325