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Annabel Nicholls (Accred. MBACP) MA

Kendal, Cumbria, LA9
Registered / Accredited

About me

**In light of current events, as an alternative to face to face counselling, I now offer sessions remotely via Zoom virtual meetings. An email address is required and access to a webcam, eg through a smart phone, tablet or PC. Payment ahead of session by Bankers’ Automated Credit (BACs)**

As your therapist, whether offering CBT or Person-Centered Counselling, for individuals, couples or young people, I will support you through your experience by being empathic, offering warmth,  and giving non-judgemental reflections in a down to earth, relaxed, confidential and safe environment. If you would like me to do so, I can also offer techniques and exercises, which may help you to change your perspective and alter your response to your experiences. I will listen to you and support you, no matter how difficult your experience, at a pace that is determined by you.

First Sessions

You and I will come up with aims during the initial sessions, to help you to track your progress along the way. This will mean we can identify any changes that you want to achieve and to start to develop new ways of thinking about your issues. My aim will always be to make you feel heard and understood. Depending on the nature of your troubles and your goals, you may require long-term or short-term therapy - I am happy to offer either.

Outdoor therapy

As well as indoor therapy, I am able to offer Outdoor Therapy, in which we can go outside and ‘walk and talk’. Many clients find this beneficial as the natural environment can provide an effective therapeutic reflective space and can act in all sorts of ways to aid the therapeutic experience. We can make the most of parks in and around Kendal, or can meet elsewhere for a more adventurous outdoor session.

My Experience

I have a wide breadth of counselling experience and have worked with clients on many different issues including: anxiety, depression, panic attacks, relationship problems, separation and divorce, post natal depression, sexual abuse, family issues, low self confidence and self esteem, bereavement, loss, stress, illness, domestic violence, physical abuse, unemployment difficulties.

Choosing a Therapist

I understand that choosing a therapist can be tricky, especially when going through a difficult phase in life, so I invite you to get in touch and we can have an informal conversation on the phone so you can decide whether you'd like to meet with me. You are under no obligation following our conversation and I understand that it may take some time to make up your mind.


I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to their code of ethics, which can be found at http://www.bacp.co.uk/ethical_framework/

Training, qualifications & experience

  • MBACP (Accred.) - Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • MA Psychotherapy and Counselling
  • PGDip Psychotherapy and Counselling
  • PGCert Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling
  • PGCert Psychology
  • BSc (Hons.) Childhood Studies
  • Certificate in Couples Counselling
  • Wilderness Therapy Certificate
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills trained
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid instructor

I have worked with clients on many different issues including: anxiety, depression, panic attacks, relationship problems, separation and divorce, post natal depression, sexual abuse, family issues, low self confidence and self esteem, loss, stress, illness, domestic violence, physical abuse.

Previously I spent two years working in New Zealand as an outdoor instructor. I also worked at South Lakeland Mind both as a volunteer counsellor and as the Outdoor Therapy Volunteer pioneer.

Alongside my private practice, I work within a CAMHS Teir 2 counselling service for Barnardo's with children and young people aged 6 to 18. I have worked in schools as a counsellor for a number of years, as well as counselling adults, so am experienced in working with people from all walks of life.

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 Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy


  • Initial meeting – Free (half an hour, in person or over the phone)
  • 50 minute indoor session - £40
  • 60 minute couple session - £55
  • 1 hour Outdoor Therapy session - £45
  • Under 18’s and Family Work - £45 (50 minutes)

Further information

Please email me directly to avoid messages getting lost: annabelnicholls@lakestherapy.co.uk


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
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

Types of client

Young people
Older adults


Annabel Nicholls (Accred. MBACP) MA

Annabel Nicholls (Accred. MBACP) MA