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About me

The counselling that I offer is aimed at helping you to cope at a difficult time in your life.  I provide a safe and confidential service in which you are supported in addressing your particular issues openly and honestly, whatever their nature  -  for example stress, depression, anxiety, loss or relationship difficulties.  We will work together on gaining insight into your problems and exploring how you would like things to be different.  Counselling is not about handing over responsibility for your life, but rather about being helped to regain your confidence and motivation, and to utilise your own resources.

I am a Senior Accredited Counsellor, registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, and I work with individuals and couples.

I am also a qualified and accredited supervisor of counsellors.

Training, qualifications & experience

1999  Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling  -  University of East Anglia
2003  Advanced Certificate in Counselling Supervision  -  University of East Anglia
2002  Accreditation as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist  -  BACP
2002  Primary Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy  -  Centre for Stress Management
2002  Person Centred Approach to Couples Counselling  -  Metanoia Institute
2005  Certificate in Coaching  -  Centre for Coaching
2008  Accreditation as a Counselling Supervisor  -  BACP

Since 1998 I have been practising as a counsellor in a variety of settings: private practice, Primary Care, counselling agencies and student counselling services.

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)
  • Couples counselling
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Person-centred therapy


£40 per 50-minute session for individuals. Reduced fees may be negotiated for short-term work.

£45 per 50-minute session for couples

£42 per hour for supervision

Further information

Counselling sessions are held in a quiet, private room in Natland, just outside Kendal.  It is easily accessible by car, with plenty of parking and disabled access.


Key details

Sign language
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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.

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Older adults


I am a Person-Centred counsellor and supervisor, whose approach is based on the principles and ‘way of being’ described by Carl Rogers.  I seek to offer the core conditions of non-judgemental acceptance, empathy and congruence, and to establish a working alliance built on openness, honesty, trust and respect.I see supervision as serving the twin purposes of ensuring the welfare of the client and the development of the supervisee.  The supervisee would decide on the focus for each supervision session, but the supervisor would maintain an overview of the supervisee’s caseload.  Attention is paid to the client’s issues, the supervisee’s own thoughts and feelings with regard to the client, adherence to the relevant Code of Ethics (eg the BACP Ethical Framework), the requirements of the counselling organisation and, where applicable, the training organisation.  I would encourage the supervisee to relate theory to practice, and look at ways of applying the learning gained from supervision.I believe that supervision has many parallels with the counselling process itself.  I aim to provide a facilitative environment in which supervisees will feel safe enough to bring their questions, their strengths and their perceived weaknesses.  In a spirit of ‘collaborative enquiry’, we will look together at an issue and explore the best way forward.  I may make suggestions and offer some theoretical input, but I will trust the supervisee to take whatever they find useful and to use it if appropriate and in their own particular style.  I seek to provide a professional relationship in which the supervisee is open to receive both support and challenge.I am an accredited supervisor and senior accredited/registered counsellor with the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy and I adhere to its Ethical Framework for Good Practice.  I am a UKRC Registered Independent Counsellor.  I have an Advanced Certificate in Person Centred Counselling Supervision, awarded by the University of East Anglia.My fees are £42 per hour. 

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Stephen Hitchcock MBACP (Snr.Accred.)

Stephen Hitchcock MBACP (Snr.Accred.)