Hazel Gostling BA(Hons), MBACP, Diploma in Online Counselling, member of ACTO
I offer counselling services online via video or audio (Zoom), instant text (What'sApp) or via email exchanges.
Please email in the first instance if you would like to have further information.
Sometimes we can feel 'stuck' in our lives, and feel like we don't have a choice. Counselling can lead you to a place in which you do have a choice again, whether that's moving towards change, or by learning healthy coping strategies.
I'm a qualified therapeutic counsellor, offering you a confidential space to explore anything that may be troubling you, with acceptance, and without fear of judgement. This means you can be free to explore your thoughts and feelings, without the fear of being criticized.
Sessions are normally 50 minutes, at a cost of £35 before 6pm and £40 after 6pm.
Counselling is open ended, and can be long or short term.
The first session includes an assessment of where you're at in your life, and where you'd like to be. It can also help to establish whether I will be the right counsellor for you, and if you feel we can work together.
I am a qualified counsellor with a BA (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy. I have a Diploma in Online Counselling gained through OCST, and I am a member of ACTO. I'm also a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP), and abide by their ethical guidelines. I hold professional indemnity insurance.
Whatever feelings are troubling you, it can help to talk to someone who is trained to actively listen, accept unconditionally what you say, and to help you explore and make sense of thoughts and feelings. From there you can start to feel you have a choice, which can lead to change, or positive coping strategies. I've worked with clients with a wide range of issues, including but not limited to, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety and/or stress.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have extensive experience of online counselling through my previous role as a Childline counsellor, using instant text messaging, telephone and email exchanges.
I have several years experience with face to face client work, including GP referrals and a placement in an alcohol misuse agency, providing counselling.
I'm currently working towards accreditation with the BACP.
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
Sessions are £35 for appointments before 6pm and £40 after 6pm
Sessions will be 50 minutes in length.