Cecilia Hazlerigg PgDip MSc(Dist) MSt(Oxon) MBACP
07790 903 777
Hello, and Welcome!
I appreciate the significant steps involved in searching for, and approaching a potential counsellor or therapist...
I would be delighted to explore whether I might be a good fit for you right now.
Please contact me for more information or to book an initial consultation.
A little about my practice:
I am a fully qualified and insured counselling therapist with a special interest in working with those wishing to explore issues relating to their gender and/or sexuality.
Before opening my own practice in 2010, I worked in a variety of settings including within the NHS and voluntary sector.
In my last employment I managed a clinical team at a residential treatment facility specialising in the treatment of addictions, eating disorders, and/or dual diagnosis.
My expertise and experience enable me to work creatively with my clients. Whilst my approach is informed by the training I have received and the experience I have gained, therapy is best viewed as a dynamic collaboration that meets your changing needs.
I seek to facilitate an effective and engaging therapeutic process which reflects an individual's specific needs and goals.
I draw upon a number of different theoretical approaches in order to offer a safe and useful space in which to think with you about those things that bring you to therapy.
My therapy style is heavily informed by Attachment theory, psychodynamic practice, psychoanalytic ideas, interwoven with mindfulness and compassion based approaches.
I work with individuals, couples and families. My clients are aged between 16-80 and present with wide ranging issues and difficulties they wish to explore in therapy.
Querying your sexuality? How do you feel about your gender? These are issues that I am well versed in exploring from an affirmative stance which clients experience as supportive and enhancing of their personal wellbeing and growth.
I work with individuals who wish to explore their own identity, and loved ones and supporters of those who are query-ing these things for themselves.
Maybe you want to address issues relating to an addiction or an eating disorder. I have extensive experience of supporting clients whose lives have been disrupted by addictions and eating disorders at all stages of recovery as well as those affected by another’s mental health, substance misuse, or disordered eating.
I am registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and subscribes to their Guidelines for Ethical Practice. I currently see clients in South West London, at locations in Pimlico SW1, and Streatham / Tooting Bec SW16.
Depending on your circumstances, the duration of therapy can vary. I am happy to discuss this with you in more detail during an initial meeting. Brief therapy can be very helpful, especially to help someone resolve a more immediate crisis.
Alongside my therapy practice, I run seminars and workshops, and teach mindfulness programmes. Please get in touch to find out about forthcoming events.
For further information about me or my approach please visit my websites:
I am more than happy for you to book an assessment session as an opportunity for us to meet and for you to assess whether you feel it would be productive and rewarding for us to work together.
If I'm not the right person for you I will be happy to refer you towards colleagues and/or organisations who may be better placed to help.
I look forward to hearing from you...
Training, qualifications & experience
Fully qualified (2008) insured and registered (2013) member of BACP
Specialist training in working with addictions, disordered eating, personality disorders, and with gender and sexual diversity clients.
Further training and experience of working with couples and families.
Mindfulness Teacher Training - MSt Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, University of Oxford
MSc Psychology and Counselling, London Southbank University
Postgraduate qualifications in working with eating disorders (Tavistock & Portman) and in relationship therapy (Relate Institute)
Postqualifying specialist training in Gender and Sexual Diversity Therapy, Pink Therapy
Postgraduate training in Attachment based Psychotherapy, Wimbledon Guild
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Gender dysphoria
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Therapy for sexual and gender diversity clients
My practice is for everyone and I am proud of my work with individuals of all sexual and gender identities.
I have extensive experience of working with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender clients as well as those in non traditional relationship configurations.
I am an experienced practitioner sensitive to the needs of those anticipating or undergoing transition and work with adults and young people.
Therapy for couples and families
I have a passion for my work with couples and families who approach me for support with a broad range of issues.
Having trained at both the Relate Institute and the Tavistock I have developed an integrative style of working that is informed by both psychodynamic and systemic ideas that couples and families have found valuable in helping them address issues and resolve conflict.
As an experienced facilitator and mediator, I offer a safe space for meaningful dialogue and exploration. The skilful combination of a relational focus and dynamic insight that I bring into the therapy room is something couples and families have found informative and useful in order to address and overcome obstacles.
Mindfulness is the awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, with compassion, and curiosity. Through cultivating mindful awareness, we discover how to live in the present moment rather than brooding about the past or worrying about the future.
In addition to my work as a counselling therapist, I am a fully qualified mindfulness teacher with extensive experience of teaching mindfulness skills to individuals and groups in different contexts. I am very interested in the mind-body connection, and integrate this within all of my therapeutic work.
I have experience of teaching a variety of Mindfulness based approaches, drawing upon the protocols of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy.
Research has shown that people who have learned mindfulness skills which they use regularly…
- experience long-lasting physical and psychological stress reduction;
- discover positive changes in well-being;
- are less likely to get stuck in depression and exhaustion, and are better able to control addictive behaviour.
Mindfulness sounds and is simple, but can be remarkably hard to do. In our modern task-focussed lives we don’t know how to pay wise attention to what we are doing, so we miss whole swathes of our lives, and easily get caught in over-thinking - damaging our well-being and making us prone to exhaustion and depression.
Consultancy: Helping you get to where you want to go
In addition to my work in the therapy room, I enjoy contributing to the work of organisations on a consultancy basis and am currently Clinical Lead for UK charity for whom I have overseen the design and implementation of the first year of a 3 year Pilot Therapeutic Programme.
I am an experienced public speaker and am regularly invited to contribute to radio programmes on BBC Radio and LBC 97.3FM with a professional opinion on issues relating to psychological health and wellbeing. I have recently spoken on live radio about addictive behaviours and disordered eating. I am available for this work, which it is often possible to arrange at short notice.
Having remained closely engaged with academic pursuits, I am pleased to support counselling, psychotherapy and psychology students in their own learning endeavours. In addition to offering several low cost counselling places to students, I offer an editing and proofreading service for essays, presentations and assignments. I specialise in helping those who lack confidence in the formal presentation of their ideas, and have experience of working with those for whom English is not their first language.
My fees vary depending on when and where we meet, and are negotiable at our initial meeting. I charge a standalone assessment fee, for your initial consultation which may be held over two appointments.
I am happy to offer a limited number of reduced rate therapy slots. Please feel free to ask about about this if you are a student, or if cost is preventing you from accessing therapy when you need it. This offer is dependent on availability and is negotiable on an individual basis.
My approach is flexible and integrative. I have been trained in a number of different orientations which I use alongside one another, to tailor my approach to specific needs.
In my work I try to avoid using therapeutic jargon that can confuse individuals or 'pathologise' symptoms, creating unnecessary complications and differences. I prioritise the working relationship between the client and the therapist and view this as a collaboration that is central if not essential to therapeutic outcome.
I am keenly interested in the integration of the affective, cognitive, behavioural, physiological, transpersonal and contextual dimensions we each have as individuals, and how this manifests as we interact with others.
Within therapy I seek to engage my clients to explore the explicit and implicit dynamics of the therapeutic relationship. I am interested in helping clients to identify their own capacities for self-regulation, self-actualisation, responsibility and choice all of which underpin the process of change. I seek to work with clients to realise their innate potential.
I am interested in the relationship between the external world and the internal world, and the interaction between the two. As such, I seek to provide a forum for exploring individual experience, with a view to enabling clients to implement the changes they identify as important and necessary.
Throughout therapy I seek to enable my clients to identify and understand their problems in terms of the relationship between their thoughts, feelings and behaviour.
My approach tends to focus on difficulties in the here and now, with a view to identifying and formulating personalised, time-limited therapy goals and strategies. My primary aim is to facilitate the exploration of problematic thoughts and feelings in order to help clients achieve desired changes in the way they think, feel and behave.
I look forward to hearing from you...
If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact me.
If you are unable to reach me when you call, please feel free to leave your name, telephone number and time that it would be convenient for me to call you back.
Alternatively, you are more than welcome to contact me by e-mail.
I try to respond to email enquiries within 48 hours unless my Out of Office states otherwise.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I offer morning, afternoon, and evening appointments. I currently have some availability for new clients on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Types of client