Dr Katherine Tinkler HCPC registered and Chartered Psychologist

Dr Katherine Tinkler HCPC registered and Chartered Psychologist


Pilates and Beyond Studio
85 Grange Road
Co. Durham

07954 387465

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Pilates and Beyond Studio
85 Grange Road
Co. Durham

07954 387465

About me

I'm a HCPC registered Practitioner Psychologist and Chartered Counselling Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS). I offer specialist psychological therapy in a safe, empathic space, grounded in established humanistic models of therapy. I draw on a wide range of research based psychological therapies, working integratively and collaboratively with you within a cognitive analytic framework to offer individually tailored therapy focusing on your individual needs or goals for therapy.

I am trained in cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), psychodynamic therapy, person centred counselling, dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) skills, including emotional regulation, distress tolerance and Mindfulness and I'm currently working towards accreditation in cognitive analytic therapy (CAT).

I have a host of experience in adult mental health, depression and anxiety and have an established history of working with more complex treatment- resistant difficulties including personality issues, emotional dysregulation and loss adjustment. I work primarily with adults and couples but also offer services for children and young people and families, students and colleagues.

My private practice was established in 2012 and I offer a wide range of services, including home visits and both daytime and evening appointments and flexible ways of working.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have over 20 years' experience in psychological services in both NHS and the private sector. I have a breadth of experience in primary care psychology working with complex mental health issues, chronic anxiety and depression, loss, trauma and personality disorder. I have additional experience with addiction issues, offending behaviour and working people with learning disabilities. I have a particular interest in perinatal care and offer a clinic locally at a reduced fee.


I'm currently working towards accreditation and Practitioner status in Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) with NTW NHS foundation trust.

Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (2012)
PgDip Counselling Psychology (2010)
Advanced Diploma in Child Development (2008)
BSc Psychology 2:1 (2005)
Certificate in Health and Social Care (1999)

Additional Training

Narrative Therapy - Couples - 2017

Couples in Conflict - 2017

Dissociation disorder workshops - various 2015/2016

Working creatively with grief/ loss - 2015

Mindfulness for professionals in practice - British Mindfulness Institute (2015)

Founded in 2012, Darlington therapy is well- established locally as a resource for GP's, insurance companies and individuals. I manage several private clinics across Darlington and the surrounding areas. Contact me for specific clinic details.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Other areas of counselling I deal with

Specialist Areas of Work

I have a specialist interest in perinatal and maternal mental health including pre and post natal depression and anxiety, birth phobia, adjustment issues, attachment, separation anxieties and parenting support for both women and men. The period covers broadly refers to conception and pregnancy to 12- months post birth, but difficulties can be present much longer than this and seeking support at any time can be helpful. Expectations of how this life- changing period 'should' be and how you 'should' feel in addition to the demands of a new baby and the endless stream of 'advice' from those around you, can prove difficult to navigate and can lead to feeling fraught, frustrated and as though you're failing. Recognising that you need emotional support is a brave step. Therapy can help you to take time out for yourself, to acknowledge difficulties and to find your inner strength to move forward in a healthy and adaptive way. Perinatal mental health care is offered at a reduced fee of £45 per session and appointments are always available.

I have significant experience working with addictions, including alcohol and substance misuse and gambling. My approach focuses on addressing underlying issues, working through any trauma and developing alternative, more helpful ways of coping with emotions.

Similarly I offer specialist services to address anxieties and compulsions including treatment for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), compulsive hoarding and eating disorders. I adopt an integrative approach combining psychodynamic methods with cognitive and behavioural techniques, to identify early patterns of relating to self and others and to understand the origins of beliefs and associations about the self. A healthy relationship with yourself, acceptance of our strengths and weaknesses drive good and healthy self-care and naturally reduce the need to rely on unhelpful ways of coping.


Individual psychological therapy:            £65

Couples/ families:           £90

Supervision                   £60

Home visits are by arrangement only and fees will be agreed on an individual basis to cover travel arrangements.

Reduced fee of £50 for Counselling psychology students in training.

All sessions are 50 minutes

Further information

Enquiries are welcome by email and I also offer a free 30 minute telephone consultation.

Maps & Directions

Darlington, DL3
Darlington, DL1 5NN

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Available weekdays Limited evening availability

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

I offer supervision for counsellors and psychologists and trainee psychologists.

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