We are the first UK psychology service to integrate the mindful approach across all of our services. We deliver evidence-based time sensitive psychological therapies for individuals, couples, families and groups, specialist mindfulness groups and a range of CPD, retreat-based and workshop programmes for businesses and individuals. Our range of consulting rooms are unique, based in the heart of Chester City Centre on Newgate Street. We have a purpose-built mindfulness meditation community space and group room on site, as well as a host of bespoke clinical rooms. Our approach is the first of its kind for the northwest, we offer a holistic space with a city garden retreat. From your initial consultation with one of our specialist psychologists you will leave the practice with a sense of being understood and a clear therapeutic plan.
Open Monday - Sunday, 8am - 9pm.
Mindful Psychology Ltd is an independent private psychology practice based on Newgate Street in Chester City Centre. Our services are directed by Dr Amanda Kinsella and Operational Director Dr Alastair Pipkin with a team of Health Care Professions Counsel (HCPC) registered practitioner psychologists. All our psychologists have undergone rigorous doctorate training and bring together a wealth of experience from years of service and expertise within the NHS and the private sector.
Within our individual clinical therapies we offer support to individuals and couples who seek solutions to their psychological and emotional difficulties.
We offer a range of evidence based therapies: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Relational and Psychodynamic informed therapies.
Training, qualifications & experience
Dr Amanda Kinsella DPsych, MSc, Bsc (Hons) is a registered HCPC practitioner psychologist (PYL29565) and chartered member of the British Psychological Society (158342). She is a Consultant Psychologist, workshop leader and mindfulness trainer with a wealth of experience within the NHS, Private and Business sectors.
Within her clinical experience she developed the first UK clinical research adaptation of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for the regulation of negative affect for alcohol dependency. Amanda is a skilled practitioner and the first UK psychologist trained in Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP). She has also held various positions as a trainer, supervisor and university lecturer. She holds certificates in the mindful approach and has been trained by authors: Professor Zindel Segal and Professor Alan Marlatt.
Amanda has a specialist interest in men’s mental health. She has developed a men’s action recovery service: MARS, with support from Dr Alastair Pipkin. This pioneering pilot champions men’s mental health and supports men with engagement and access to psychological therapies within secondary complex care. Dr Kinsella’s work was recently acknowledged within the North West Boroughs Health Care NHS Foundation Trust Star Awards, where she reached the finals of innovation star of the year. It was during this time that a special collegiate bond developed between Dr Kinsella and Dr Pipkin around the shared values of promoting access to evidence-based psychological care for all. This has resulted in Dr Pipkin joining the team as Clinical and Operational Director, where they are excited to offer a range of Continued Professional Development workshops for professionals and bespoke retreats for local individuals.
Dr Kinsella is passionate about mental wellness and preventative mental health, which reflects in the ethos for Mindful Psychology. She is an expert in the mindful approach and the benefits for all across psychological, relational and physical wellbeing. Her vision was to create a holistic centre and she is very proud to have succeeded in creating an inviting, inclusive and progressive space in Newgate Street, Chester. The base is surrounded by the historic medieval walls and completed with a unique city garden retreat space, which complements the meditative spaces and bespoke consulting rooms. She is well respected for her warm and empathic style. She approaches her work scientifically and has the ability to put complex psychological models across in accessible language both in her workshops conferences and media appearances. She is also an experienced supervisor and welcomes enquiries from her peers.
Her company provides the public and businesses access to one-to-one and group psychological support from expert psychologists with decades of experience within the NHS and private sectors. The successful Mindful in Action wellbeing programmes are unique to her company and are the first in the northwest to combat stress, and foster resilience and emotional health. This has been adapted to not only be Covid safe for up to 8 participants, but is specifically addressing the need for psychological support in these uncertain times. Her clinic is within a unique setting right in the heart of Chester city centre providing an unrivalled holistic environment for all.
If you would like to meet Dr Kinsella or enquire or a member of the team then please book your complimentary consultation.
Member organisations *
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 (HCPC)
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.
Areas of counselling we deal with
Fees for Psychologists
£225.00: Initial assessment: Can be up to 90 mins
£135.00: 1.1 Pay as you go therapy: 50 minutes
Or special introductory offer pay in advance scheme: Pay for 6 sessions and receive your 6th session on us: Total fee £675.
£375.00: MIAP: Wellbeing Courses
£695.00: 4 Step Relationships Counselling
4 Sessions in total
£235.00: Pay as you go Relationships Counselling
We also offer reduced fees and scholarships depending on financial circumstances and at the discretion of the consulting psychologist. All information is confidential and we welcome all enquiries.
When we work
Practice open 7 days per week. Early morning, evening and weekend appointments available.
Monday – Sunday: 8am - 9pm
If you have private health care all our psychologists hold recognition as healthcare providers in psychology.