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Dr Katherine Tinkler HCPC registered and BPS chartered Counselling Psychologist

About me

Darlington Therapy is a professional psychology service based in the heart of Darlington town centre. I am a genuine and compassionate psychological therapist offering discreet counselling and therapy to individuals, couples and families.

My aim is to provide a highly specialised therapy service that is both affordable and flexible and provides early improvement in functioning and wellbeing, while ensuring long- term results. The therapeutic relationship forms the foundation for the work and we will collaboratively identify and work towards your goals for therapy. The way I work is often suited to those who've had counselling or therapy before, but who feel that they would like to work at a deeper level and understand their motivations, feelings and behaviour. This often means looking at early experiences in order to understand how these shape us and may be impacting on our live's today. Together we'll look at developing new and more helpful patterns of relating to yourself and others to improve your relationships and wellbeing.

I'm registered with the Health and care professions council (HCPC), the UK's only regulatory body for healthcare practitioners and I'm also a Chartered Counselling Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a member of the Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ACAT).

I have over 20 years' experience working therapeutically with individuals' both in the National Health Service and private services and specialise in the treatment of adult complex mental health, which includes chronic or treatment- resistant depression and anxiety, personality issues, trauma and loss. I work primarily with adults and couples but also offer services for children and young people and families, students and colleagues.

In my experience there are many factors which can impact our mental health and everyone will experience emotional distress at some time in their life. At times, we can all benefit from a private and safe space and some genuine help and support to help us reconnect with our internal strengths and develop new strategies to navigate difficult times. I encourage you to visit my website to see how I can help. I'm also happy to have an informal telephone conversation prior to meeting if that is right for you.

Training, qualifications & experience

NHS - Psychology Roles

  • Specialist Psychotherapy Service
  • Primary Care Clinical Psychology Service

Private and Charity Work

  • HM Prison Service
  • Addiction Services
  • Learning Disability care homes


  • Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) practitioner - Accredited 2020
  • Doctorate in Counselling Psychology
  • PgDip Counselling Psychology
  • Advanced Diploma in Child Development
  • BSc Psychology 2:1
  • Certificate in Health and Social Care

Founded in 2012, Darlington therapy is well- established locally as a resource for GP's, insurance companies and individuals. Contact me for specific clinic details.

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 Psychological Society

British Psychological Society


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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Specialist Areas of Work

I work at a deep relational level exploring patterns of relating to the self and others, which is often also reflected in the therapeutic relationship. This way of working can provide a really useful insight into why we think, feel and act a particular way in certain situations and why we might keep making the same mistakes or experiencing the same difficulties. The Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT) model adopts this approach in an 8, 16 or 24 session programme of treatment which is really useful for those individual's who may embark on therapy, in part, as a process of self- discovery and who wish to have a 'complete' course of treatment. Contact me or visit my website for further details.

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT)
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic


All sessions are 60 minutes.

Fees from £75 per session.

Please visit my website for up to date fees.

Concessions offered for

  • Students

Further information

I'm a recognised practitioner with several insurance companies including AXA and BUPA. Contact me for further details or if you have an authorisation code.

I offer bespoke packages for employee assistance to businesses locally including bite- size mental health and well- being training and individual therapy packages. Contact me for further details.

I recognise the importance of getting the right therapist for you. No obligation enquiries are welcome by email and I'm also happy to have an informal telephone conversation prior to meeting if that is right for you.


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


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.

Wheelchair user access


Business hours: Tuesday 09.30 - 15.00 Wednesday 09.30 - 15.00 Thursday 09.30 - 15.00
Please note that I do not work evenings or weekends.

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


I offer supervision for counsellors and psychologists and trainee psychologists.Supervision fee is £60Students receive a reduced rate of £50

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Dr Katherine Tinkler HCPC registered and BPS chartered Counselling Psychologist

Dr Katherine Tinkler HCPC registered and BPS chartered Counselling Psychologist