About me

ATA Equilibrium is a private counselling and psychotherapy service operated by Alison Arkle (MBACP Accred) based in Darlington, County Durham. Taking a range of clients from around the North East, areas including but not restricted to: Darlington, Middlesborough, Stockton, Teesside, Teesdale, Durham, Barnard Castle, Newcastle, North Yorkshire, Bishop Auckland, Richmond, Newton Aycliffe and Hartlepool.

Due to my 14 years of experience working as a counsellor and DBS check (Certification No. 00148563291), ATA Equilibrium is able to offer services to deal with complex psychological issues in both adults and children. Please see my website for further details.

Who am I?

Following the completion of my English and Linguistics degree in 1995, I embarked on a career change that I had always wished to pursue. I qualified as a counsellor in 2005, after a 1 year placement with children’s services, required as part of my training.

Following on in April 2005, I commenced with the Youth Offending service / Parenting service (within Darlington Borough Council). My role was as a senior counsellor, a challenging and variable position, which involved counselling individuals with complex needs.

In 2009 I worked for ‘Neca’ a charitable organisation supporting and treating those who where involved in addictions. I am a thoughtful, warm, adaptable, confident and non judgmental individual. Focusing on each client, as a unique individual with differing requirements.

Training, qualifications & experience


With over 12 years experience working in the public sector (youth offending, social services) and a charitable organisation (substance and alcohol service), I have decided to open my own private practice. I have had an extensive knowledge of working with a broad client base, and a varied range of complex issues. I use a variety of theoretical and integrative approaches to adapt to the needs / requirements of an individuals specific needs.


I am fully accredited with the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). BACP accredited status ensures a commitment to high standards, enabling the public to have confidence that the therapist works ethically, is trained and fully qualified. The BACP state that accredited counsellors have 'surpassed registration standards and demonstrated, mature competence in counselling training and practice'.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

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Additional information

  • £40 Per Session
  • Discounted rates available for
  • students and long term bookings

Further information

A selection of issues which can benefit from counselling:

  • Anxiety / Depression
  • PTSD
  • Substance and Alcohol Misuse
  • Work Related Stress
  • Loss and Bereavement
  • Relationship Breakdown / Separation
  • Trauma (Past and Present)
  • Abuse (Emotional, Sexual, Physical and Financial)
  • Guilt / Anger Issue
  • Family Work


Type of session

In person
Alison Arkle

Alison Arkle