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About me

I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and a member of the British Psychological Society (BPS). I have experience working within the NHS and the private sector in primary care, secondary care and child and adolescent mental health services. I offer therapy to young people, adults and couples with a wide range of psychological concerns including anxiety disorders and depression. My practice is based in Darlington and provides a private confidential space to explore your current situation.

I also work with individuals who have experienced significant trauma.  Whether this has been a single event or trauma that has been repeated over time.  I use EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) therapy, which is approved by NICE guidelines and has a strong evidence base for succesfully treating post traumatic stress disorder.  If you would like further information regarding EMDR please contact me and I will be happy to discuss this with you. 

Finding the right therapist is important, for this reason the first session will give you the opportunity to discuss how we will work together so that you can make an informed decision. Following the first session therapy is tailored individually and aims to bring about positive change.

The therapy I offer is evidence based and draws upon different approaches:

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT): This approach takes the position that our thoughts feelings and behaviours are linked. Focussing on what is happening in the present, CBT enables individuals to make step by step changes in their thinking and behaviour.

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR):  EMDR is a powerful treatment method
that has a wealth of research demostrating its benefits in treating psychological trauma and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  EMDR is also used to help individuals with phobias, anxiety, pain management and depression.  It can be applied to children and adults alike. 

Psychodynamic Therapy: Our current difficulties are explored in relation to our past experiences in a way that allows individuals to understand their current emotions, behaviours and thoughts and offers insights into relationships.

Integrative Therapy: Draws upon the above approaches and utilises these to create a therapeutic approach that fits your own experience.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (HCPC accredited)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology
  • Neuropsychology (BPS Accredited)
  • Advanced Diploma in Couples Counselling

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.


Health and Care Professions Council

The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.

They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.

Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Couples counselling
  • EMDR
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis

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£45 per session.

Reduced rates available for trainees/students.


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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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Dr Craig Turnbull

Dr Craig Turnbull