Stephen Hitchcock MBACP (Snr.Accred.)
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.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£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
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.