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Hope Counselling and Support is located in two venues, both Lingfield point and Cockerton which are located in the town of Darlington. We are situated close to the town centre, A1 motorway and the A66 and we offer convenient access via all forms of transport including local bus routes. Free car parking is readily available within a few metres of the premises allowing clients to plan their journey to and from sessions without the added stress of parking restrictions.


Inside the Cockerton venue clients can expect to find a warm, welcoming and helpful service with wheelchair access and stair lift in place. Here at 'Hope' we believe in equal opportunities and strive to provide a counselling service that upholds the right of individuals to access Psychological Therapy's. The counselling room is located on the first floor with a comfortable waiting area for friends and relatives, whilst downstairs there is space to store pushbikes, prams and wheelchairs etc.

Likewise our Lingfield point venue is user friendly and located on the ground floor with easy access and plenty of space.


Hope Counselling and support is a family run practice with both male and female counsellors (please see individual profiles for more information). We offer Counselling support in a wide range of areas and believe in the benefits that talking therapies can bring to a persons current situation and a hope for the future. We offer a free, no obligation discussion over the telephone which will help you decide if we are right for you. In the event that we cannot offer a service for your needs we will endeavour to signpost you to someone who can. At Hope we believe in fairness and respect and strive to uphold the dignity of others.

*We understand that the we are living in testing times in many ways and the Covid-19 Pandemic has change the way in which we are all living our lives. That is why at Hope we keeping up to date with current measures set by the Government whilst also supporting our clients the best way we can. At the moment we are offering remote sessions by Telephone, Video call and Email.

*We also understand the need for KEY WORKERS to be able to discuss their wellbeing at the moment and are offering discounted rates.


SHAUN is a qualified THERAPEUTIC COUNSELLOR and has gained valuable experience and knowledge; firstly as a long term volunteer for Butterwick Hospice in Stockton and more recently whilst working for a large NHS counselling service provider in Teesside. Shaun works confidentially and respectfully, building up the therapeutic relationship which is at the core of successful therapy. He believes that everyone has a story to tell and that most of us will face mental health challenges at some point in our life. Shaun integrates COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY (CBT) into his work and has a level 5 Diploma in CBT skills and theory.

During his work in the NHS Shaun has successfully supported male and female clients, both young and not so young with a wide range of Psychological and Behavioural challenges including many types of anxiety, social isolation and withdrawal, low mood and depression, work related stress, anger and communication issues, bereavement and relationship issues, bullying and much more. With Butterwick Hospice Shaun supported many people who had been left devastated by the death of a loved one and believes in the individual right to experience grief in his or her own way. Shaun will facilitate counselling to embrace the needs of the individual suffering from bereavement or other forms of loss, working ethically and empathically at all times with the focus on the client's well being.

Shaun can also work solution focused and believes that working in the here and now, e.g. changing situations/behaviours that cause distress is every bit as valuable as long term counselling work that may have more emphasis on the past.

Shaun is a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), has regular supervision with a qualified therapeutic supervisor, believes in continued personal development and has personal liability insurance which ensures safety of practice.

SAMANTHA (SAM) BA is a qualified, highly motivated and experienced PERSON-CENTRED CREATIVE therapist who integrates many other theories into her work. Sam's experiences include volunteering with A Place to Be working with children in a school setting, Butterwick Hospice working with grief and loss and at MIND supporting client's with a wide range of mental health issues. Sam specialises in the area of rape and domestic violence and as she is currently working for a private service provider in this field is well versed in the areas of PTSD (POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER) and other forms of trauma. Sam believes in empowering all people both male and female, young and not so young alike by offering a confidential, safe and respectful Counselling service utilising the core conditions (EMPATHY, CONGRUENCE AND UNCONDITIONAL POSITIVE REGARD) to best aid clients on their journey through therapeutic change.

Sam's has a wealth of knowledge gathered from around the world and is highly skilled in areas of difference and diversity including the use of interpreters. Sam has facilitated counselling sessions, workshops and teaching seminars in some of the worlds most remote areas and has worked closely with the survivors of human trafficking both in the UK and abroad. Like Shaun, Sam believes in the power of the therapeutic relationship and its value in helping people to feel listened to and understood which can be empowering and liberating for many. She is experienced and comfortable with most client issues, including trauma, bereavement, historical abuse, depression, anxiety, social withdrawal, behavioural issues, bullying, and many more. Sam is particularly skilled, experienced and passionate in her work with the survivors of rape and sexual abuse and offers a safe, confidential and private service.

Please note that our address is not shown on this page, our website or any literature. We value the sensitive nature of our clients presenting issues therefore the address is only given when telephone contact is made.

Sam is a qualified supervisor in therapeutic counselling and can provide relevant support to counsellors and trainees alike. She also has a level 3 teaching certificate and can facilitate training and group work.

Sam is a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), has regular supervision with a qualified therapeutic supervisor, believes in continued personal development and has personal liability insurance which ensures safety of practice.

Training, qualifications & experience


CPCAB Level 5 Diploma in CBT skills and theory
CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic counselling
CPCAB Level 3 in Therapeutic Counselling
CPCAB Level 2 in therapeutic Counselling


BA in Counselling
Diploma in Therapeutic counselling (QCF)
accredited sexual violence counsellor
Certificate in Creative Supervision
level 3 teaching certificate

Couples Therapist

Member organisations *


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.

We have verified that at least one professional at this organisation is registered with the relevant professional body.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

CHRISTIAN COUNSELLING: Sam is a Christian and can offer Christian Counselling

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Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income

Additional information

Next steps; please get in touch via telephone, email or find us on Facebook.

Therapy with Hope couldn't be any easier.

1/ get in touch

2/ discuss your options

3/ book a session if comfortable


One to one counselling-£30 per hour

Concessions available for low income groups, Key workers and unemployed.

Counselling Supervision-£40 per one and a half hour session

Concessional rates for students on request

Couples Counselling - £40 per hour

Fees can be paid to us in a number of ways including bank transfer and postal.



Appointments can be flexible depending on the needs of the client; please call to explore the options available.


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

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.


In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

Trained in creative supervision with renowned Jenny Biancardi i can offer supervision to counsellors and student counsellors and group supervision  As stated by the BACP, supervision will be one and a half hours once a month .

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Hope Counselling & Support Services

Hope Counselling & Support Services