Hope Counselling & Support Services

Hope Counselling & Support Services


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About us


Hope Counselling and Support is located in the village of Cockerton in Darlington. Situated close to the town centre and the A1 motorway it offers 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 building clients can expect to find a warm, welcoming and helpful service with wheelchair access and stair lift in place to help those who find stairs daunting or outright impossible. 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. We also believe in the power of a nice 'cuppa' too and free refreshments are available for all clients and waiting companions.


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 assessment which will help you decide if we are right for you and in the event that we cannot offer a service for your needs we will endeavour to point you in the right direction whilst giving you some free Psychological educative materials to take away with you.


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, anger and communication issues, bereavement, panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder, 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 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 *


Accredited register membership

* 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


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  • Our room
  • Sam




One to one counselling-£30 per hour

Concessions available for unemployed and those in receipt of pension

Counselling Supervision-£45 per one and a half hour session

Concessional rates for students on request

Couples Counselling - £40 per hour


Further information

PLEASE NOTE, Session one consists of a free 30 minute assessment/consultation followed by an hour of therapy payable at the normal rate after the agreement of both parties.

Maps & Directions

Darlington, DL3

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


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

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

Trained in creative supervision with renowned Jenny Biancardi.

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