Hope Counselling & Support Services

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Darlington, Durham, DL1
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About us


Hope Counselling is located near Lingfield point in Darlington, close to the A66 and major bus routes. Free car parking is 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.


We believe believe in equal opportunities and strive to provide a counselling service that upholds the right of individuals to access Psychological Therapy's.

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


Hope Counselling is a family ran practice by Sam and Shaun. 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. Hope Counselling believes in fairness and respect and strives to uphold the dignity of others.

We offer face to face appointments and remote appointments by telephone or video call.


SHAUN is a BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) ACCREDITED THERAPEUTIC COUNSELLOR and has gained valuable experience working for Butterwick hospice, the NHS and as a private therapist. Shaun works confidentially and respectfully, building up the therapeutic relationship which is at the core of meaningful therapy, supporting clients to have a voice in a confidential space and work through the issues that are important to them.  

Shaun supports a wide range of clients with an integrative approach, drawing on his experience and his qualifications in Counselling, CBT, Couples therapy, and Interpersonal Psychotherapy. 

Shaun has regular supervision with a qualified therapeutic supervisor in Counselling, Couples therapy and Interpersonal Psychotherapy, 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 has worked for Butterwick hospice, with children at 'A place to be' and with Darlington Mind. She currently has a Counselling role for a national charity who work with domestic and sexual violence.

Sam 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. She 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.

Sam believes in the power of the therapeutic relationship and its value in helping people to  feel validated which can be empowering and offer emotional freedom. 

Sam is particularly skilled, experienced and passionate in her work with the survivors of Domestic violence, rape and sexual abuse and offers a safe, confidential and private service.

Sam is also 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, 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


7 years working for an NHS service provider in IAPT.

6 years private practice

>1 year working with Macmillan through Bupa 

BACP Counsellor, Accredited member

Accredited IPT (Interpersonal Psychotherapy) Practitioner 

Accredited CTFD (Couple therapy for depression) Practitioner

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


10 years working for a charity in the field of sexual and domestic violence

6 years private practice 

5 years experience as a qualified Supervisor 

BACP Counsellor, Registered member  

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)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

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

Other areas of counselling we deal with

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

Photos & videos


£40.00 - £75.00

Health Insurance/EAP

  • BUPA
  • Axa Health
  • Health Assured
  • Aviva
  • Saga
  • Vitality
  • WPA
  • Cigna

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

FEES: All fees are to be paid before the session where possible. Please discuss if this is not possible and preferring to pay by cash.

Cancelations and DNA's are chargeable outside of our set boundaries which are laid out in the Counselling contract provided.


Face to face (In person), Video (Teams, Zoom, Whatsapp), Remote (Video, Telephone)

One to one counselling-£40-£50 per hour, face to face and remote

Sam £40

Shaun £50

*Weekend sessions available-Saturday mornings with Shaun at a charge of £75, face to face or remote

IPT -£60 per hour, face to face or remote with Shaun

*Weekend sessions available-Saturday mornings with Shaun at a charge of £75, face to face or remote

Counselling Supervision-£30-60 from 30-90 minutes, face to face or remote with Sam

*Concessional rates for students on request

Couples Counselling - £50-£60 per hour, face to face or video with Sam or Shaun

*Weekend sessions available -Saturday mornings with Shaun at a charge of £75, face to face or remote 

Couple Therapy for Depression - £75 per hour, face to face or video with Shaun

*Weekend sessions available-Saturday mornings with Shaun at the standard price of £75

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

*Maximum price paid, regardless of therapy or chosen day is £75. Please read through to digest the options available and get in touch for further information or clarity.

When we work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

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

Darlington, Durham, DL1

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access
Wheelchair user access

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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

Trained in creative supervision with renowned Jenny Biancardi, i can offer supervision to counsellors and student counsellors and group supervision  I can cater your supervision to your needs, whether that be 30 minutes, one hour or longer.

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Hope Counselling & Support Services
Hope Counselling & Support Services