GMC No. 6155920

Dr Catherine Durkin

Consultant Psychiatrist

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Dr Catherine Durkin

Joint Presidential Lead for Women's Mental Health at the Royal College of Psychiatrists
Clinical Lead for the female service line in Central & North West London Foundation Trust
GMC Registered No 6155920
Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Catherine Durkin

Dr Durkin is a highly experienced consultant psychiatrist. She is employed as the clinical lead for the female service line within Health & Justice services, Central & North West London Foundation Trust. She has clinical oversight of three busy female prisons and lead on patient quality and safety. She has previously worked as both a community and inpatient consultant forensic psychiatrist for South West London & St George’s NHS Trust.

She has particular expertise working with women with a range of psychiatric and physical health comorbidities having gained extensive experience of managing the highly complex mental and physical health presentations of women in custody. She has developed a holistic viewpoint when managing women’s mental health presentations, which incorporates a detailed assessment of their physical wellbeing, neurodevelopmental histories, past experiences (including adversity and trauma) and interpersonal relationships, in order to fully understand their mental health presentations.

She gained her specialist registration as a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist from the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2015. She undertook her specialist training as part of the South London Forensic Training Rotation and she received training at the Institute of Psychiatry, part of South London & the Maudsley.

She was awarded an MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery) with distinction by St George’s Hospital Medical School, University of London. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Cambridge and her MSc at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, funded by a scholarship from the Medical Research Council.

She has particular expertise in the recognition and treatment of ASD and ADHD amongst women and also PTSD and complex PTSD. She also works extensively with personality disorders. She has gained additional training and expertise in neurodevelopmental disorders and has completed training in the DIVA, ADOS and ADI. She is the lead clinician establishing a neurodiversity pathway within Health & Justice services and is undertaking research into ADHD amongst women in prison. She has an interest and in depth understanding of the role of trauma in women’s mental health presentations and is highly experienced in the areas of PTSD and Complex PTSD She also focuses on interpersonal relationship and dynamics as a core part of understanding mental health presentations.

Dr Durkin has been selected as the National Lead for Women’s Mental Health for the Royal College of Psychiatrists


Adult ASD


Complex PTSD

Bipolar Mood Disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder

Eating Disorders




Hobbies & Interests
Dr Durkin was very knowledgable, professional and personable, which made the assessment relaxed with easy dialogue. She was also very willing and able to answer lots of questions! It was particularly helpful having her knowledge in relation to the wider interactions between women’s health and ADHD. Good communication from Berkeley’s admin team and very prompt sending report and prescription.
Jules Deacon
I underwent an ADHD assessment recently with Dr. Durkin and was thoroughly impressed with the service and care provided. I received the forms to complete in good time, ahead of my appointment, and communication from the whole team has been fantastic throughout. Following diagnosis, we talked through treatment options, and I decided to go the medication route. This prescription was generated quickly by Dr Durkin and sent to the dispensing pharmacy who then arranged for the medication to be delivered to my home address. I received this within 3 days of paying for the medication. Seeking any kind of medical diagnosis can feel nerve-wrecking and anxiety inducing but Dr. Durkin was friendly and reassuring throughout. As a woman, I felt like she truly understood the symptoms that I was experiencing, and my feelings finally felt validated. I cannot recommend them enough to anyone considering a private psychiatric assessment.
Katherine Bartlett
Excellent, professional and friendly! My last psychiatrist assessment was not a very pleasant experience, so I was quite intimidated at first, but Dr. Durkin was professional and friendly, very understanding of my situation, precise in the pacing and timing of the evaluation process, and professional. Highly recommended!
Yan Luvian
Dr Durkin clearly knows her stuff. She puts you at ease straight away and treats you like a knowledgeable adult, unlike many medical practitioners I have encountered (I work with them on a daily basis). After my consultation and diagnosis my whole life finally makes sense!!!
Jo O.
Dr Catherine Durkin was extremely professional and understanding when conducting my ADHD assessment. I sought out Dr Durkin due to her experience with ADHD in women and impressive portfolio. She explained my ADHD traits and also traits that I didn't have that are typical of ADHD but also explained that it's a spectrum. At the end of the assessment Dr Durkin explained the benefits and risks of medication to ensure I understood them.
After struggling with ADHD symptoms for years I finally plucked up the courage to get an assessment. Dr Catherine Durkin made me feel so at ease, the conversation flowed and I was made to feel very relaxed about the whole procedure. Dr Durkin talked me through the next steps clearly and left me feeling pure relief that I was going to be helped! Can’t thank you enough!
Jessica Cooper