About me

Imagine time set aside for you to focus on your concerns - for example anxiety; relationship issues; depression -   in a peaceful setting, supported by an experienced registered Fellow of the National Counselling Society.

Barbara Hales has been counselling since 1985 in voluntary agencies and private practice in London, Devon and now Cumbria. She has also been the Personal Development Tutor on an M.Sc. course for healthcare professionals.

"I regard counselling as a journey", says Barbara. "It may be short or longer term, with the counsellor as guide and companion to help you to find out more about yourself". "I can help you to explore current life-issues or concerns, or to discover repeating patterns and past relationships which may be continuing to affect you", Barbara adds. "I believe that a counselling relationship of trust and respect, in confidence, can enable you to gain a new perspective on your situation, so that if you wish you can make new choices in your life".

Barbara has wide experience in the attentive listening involved in traditional counselling. She has trained in psychodynamic and in person-centred approaches, and is influenced by the ideas of C.G.Jung. Where appropriate, she can also offer other ways of working: using stories, dreams, drawings, or through a series of arrangements created in a sand-tray.

She adds that she has trained as a supervisor, and is able to offer supportive and creative consultation for counsellors, supervisors and other professionals.
"I am enthusiastic about providing a quiet space for individuals in isolated positions of responsibility, including medical professionals, clergy and headteachers, where they can explore issues with someone outside the situations, in complete confidence".

Barbara also runs small workshops as a 'taster' experience of creative therapy.

Your life may seem to lack meaning or direction, or you may be facing life-changing events such as pregnancy, a new job, moving house, changing relationships or retirement. Barbara Hales can help you to regard such changes as opportunities to re-assess, re-balance and re-vitalise your life.

Training, qualifications & experience

Barbara Hales:
Registered Fellow of the National Counselling Society
Certificate in Counselling Supervision (Accredited by the University of Wales College, Newport)

Certificate in Lowenfeld Projective Psychotherapy, Dept. of Developmental Psychiatry, University of Cambridge

BA; Certificate in Education

Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling
Course in Pastoral Care and Counselling, (Clinical Theology Association).

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.


National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

A search for a sense of meaning or direction in your life.
A wish to find out more about yourself.


Additional information

Counselling Individuals £45 per session

Supervision £60 for 1.5 hours.

Workshops and other services: please contact Barbara direct.


I see clients during the day between 8.30am and 5pm on Mondays to Fridays.

Further information

Barbara works in the South Lakes centred on Kendal.
She works in a peaceful upstairs room within a few minutes walk of Kendal bus and rail stations. Parking is available on the driveway outside.
Barbara has worked with men and women clients from diverse backgrounds and a wide age-range.
She offers appointments on weekdays Monday to Friday between 8.30 am and 5pm with flexibility for those whose work patterns require it.
Please contact Barbara for further information or to discuss your particular situation and requirements.
Barbara is bound by the National Counselling Society's Code of Ethical Practice, and is subject to their Professional Conduct Procedure.


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

Free parking outside; stairs to counselling room


In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I offer a free session to meet and see whether we feel able to work together - or simply meet and network.

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