About Me

Dr Laura Tinkl (BSc (Hons), DClinPsy, MBPsS, CPsychol)

Senior Chartered Clinical Psychologist

Hello! I’m Laura, a Senior Chartered Clinical Psychologist, professionally accredited by both the Health and Social Care Professions Council (HCPC) and The British Psychological Society (BPS). I am also a parent to two young boys.

Please click on the links below to find out more about my professional credentials.

I have over 20 years experience in supporting children and young people with a broad range of emotional and behavioural difficulties across highly specialist NHS and private child and adolescent mental health services. This has included specialist work with children with moderate to severe learning disabilities, children with neurodevelopmental difficulties, children with chronic physical health conditions, children within youth offending services and children within secure psychiatric inpatient services. Immediately prior to leaving the NHS in 2019, I was working as Joint Lead Clinical Psychologist for a mental health service that worked directly into Children’s Social Services, offering consultation and training to foster carers and multi-agency networks of children in care. As part of my current role in private practice, I also work alongside a national adoption charity, offering therapeutic support and assessment to adoptive families, alongside a local residential children’s home, offering weekly consultation, supervision and training for their staff, and as school psychologist for a leading independent boarding school. 

As a Clinical Psychologist, I have received training in several therapeutic approaches, which I use to inform my work. This includes specialist training in…

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Systemic family therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) 
  • Brief Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)
  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) 
  • Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS)

The breadth of my training enables me to be flexible in what I offer and to tailor assessments and therapeutic interventions to best fit a young person’s needs. I am trained to draw upon the available evidence-base and when indicated, to create bespoke packages of care by integrating different types of therapies and ways of working. It also allows me to offer support in a variety of different ways, depending on what is felt to be most helpful. This can include direct one-to-one support, joint (dyadic) support (e.g. a child and their parent together),  whole/part family support, or therapeutic group work. It can also include indirect psychological support, such as mentoring for parents/carers, or via professional consultation to multi-agency professional networks. I find this level of flexibility can be particularly helpful for meeting the needs of ‘hard-to-reach’ young people, or those with very complex needs who have not responded well to purist (single-model) therapeutic interventions in the past. 

In addition to my therapeutic work, I also have experience of leading and developing NHS services, providing clinical supervision for junior colleagues, offering inter-disciplinary professional training packages, conducting doctoral-level psychological research and teaching on a local clinical psychology university doctoral programme.

  • Post-Doctoral Specialist Training:
    • Advanced Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Skills for Children and Adolescents (Advanced EMDR, Level 1; EMDR Europe and EMDRIA, 2022) – a NICE-recommended treatment for PTSD.
    • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Level 3 (EMDR Europe and EMDRIA, 2021).
    • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Level 2 (EMDR Europe and EMDRIA, 2020) 
    • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Level 1 (EMDR Europe and EMDRIA, 2020) 
    • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP), Level 2 (DDP Institute, 2018) – an attachment-focused therapy for children who have experienced developmental trauma.
    • Train the Trainers: Adaptive Mentalization Based Integrative Therapy (AMBIT) – an integrated approach to engaging hard-to-reach adolescents (Anna Freud Centre, 2018)
    • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP), Level 1 (DDP Institute, 2017)
    • Advanced Clinical Supervisor Training (Salomons, University of Canterbury, 2017) – Compliant with eligibility criteria for The British Psychological Society’s (BPS) Register of Applied Practitioner Psychologist Supervisors (RAPPS) 
    • Clinical Supervisor Training (Salomons, University of Canterbury, 2015)
    • Family Partnership (Parent Advisor) Model (Sussex Partnership NHS Trust, 2013)
    • Introduction to Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) for Depression (Tavistock Clinic, London, 2011)
  • Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (University of Essex, 2011)
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology (University of Reading, 2004)

(Please contact me for details of recent continued professional development)

2024: NOMINATED of the Influential Businesswoman of the Year Awards (South East England), Acquisition International [Results Pending]

2024: NOMINATED for the National Global Health and Pharma Social Care Awards 2024 under the category of ‘Best Child Mental Health Service 2024’ [Results Pending]

2024: NOMINATED: For the South of England Prestige Awards 2024/25 [Results Pending]

2024: WINNER: of the Corporate LiveWire Innovation and Excellence Awards, under the category of Children’s Psychology Clinic of the Year’

2024: WINNER: of the Acquisition International Business Awards 2024, under the category of ‘Most Influential Child Psychologist’ (South East England).

2024: WINNER of the Global Health and Pharma Social Care Awards 2024 under the category of ‘Best Bespoke Child Clinical Psychology Service 2024’

2023: WINNER of the Corporate Live Wire Global Awards 2023/24 under the category of ‘Clinical Psychology Service of the Year’ 

2023: WINNER of the South of England Prestige Business 2023/24 Awards under the category of ‘Child Therapy Clinic of the Year’ 

2023: Invitation to become an Associate Fellow of The British Psychological Society (AFBPsS)

2023: WINNER of the Influential Businesswoman of the Year Awards (South East England) under the category of ‘Most Supportive Clinical Psychology Businesswoman’, Acquisition International 

2023: Approved as provider by the newly-formed Adoption South East. Remit to offer therapeutic needs assessments, therapeutic parenting support, and specialist therapeutic interventions for children and families affected by adoption and care services, for local authorities in the south East of England.  

2023: WINNER of the 7th Annual Global Health and Pharma Social Care Awards 2022/23 under the category of ‘Best Child Mental Health Service Practice’

2022: WINNER of Corporate Live Wire Global Awards 2022/23 under the category of ‘Child Mental Health Service of the Year’

2022: WINNER 7th Annual Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Awards 2022 under the category of ‘Most Outstanding Child Mental Health Service’

2022: WINNER South of England Prestige Business Awards under the category of ‘Child Psychology Specialists of the Year’

2022: Interviewed by ITV as a professional expert in understanding violence in children. 

2022: WINNER Global Health and Pharma 2022 Awards under the category of ‘Most Dedicated Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service – South East England’

2022: Interviewed by a representative of the UK Arts Council, regarding the creation of psychologically-informed fiction for girls aged 8-12 years.

2021: WINNER for the London and South East England Prestige Business Awards under the category of ‘Clinical Psychology Service of the Year’

2019: Invitation to speak at the 4th World Psychiatric Nursing Congress, June 2019, Rome, Italy. 

2016: Nominated and shortlisted for the Clinical Psychology Forum Award (2016) for the innovative and academic quality of an earlier publication

2011: Invitation to join the National UK Police Welfare Committee in recognition of my work in establishing a trauma-focused research collaboration between my affiliate university and a local police force.

2011: Invitation to contribute to the evaluation of an early trauma intervention model for UK Police and Military personnel.

2011: Invitation to present my doctoral thesis to the UK Home Office and select representatives of the UK Police Force and UK Military.  

 

Tinkl, L & Hiskey, S (2017) Keep NICE and Carry On: Reflections on Evidence-Based Practice. Clinical Psychology Forum: Special Issue (CPF Awards 2016), 289, pp 48-52.

Tinkl, L & Hiskey, S (2015) Keep NICE and Carry On: Reflections on Evidence-Based Practice. Clinical Psychology Forum, 269, pp 40-44.

Tinkl, L. (2011) The relationship between anxiety sensitivity, panic and posttraumatic stress in operational and non-operational police personnel. Presented at…

  • The Home Office (2011)
  • Essex Police and University of Essex Trauma Research Collaboration Conference (2011)
  • Postgraduate Student’s Conference, School of Health and Human Sciences, The University of Essex (2011)
  • Poster Presentation Postgraduate Student’s Conference, School of Health and Human Science, The University of Essex (2010)