Hazel Mutch - Therapist for Adults and Young People Registered Member MBACP
01695 576669 / 07926 071239
My therapeutic approach
I believe everyone can benefit from therapy, whether to address a particular experience or situation, or because of distress which has no obvious cause. My aim is to help you feel safe and supported so you can explore whatever difficulties you are experiencing, and the possibilities you want to move towards.
Life events can be extremely challenging, and may activate unresolved hurt from the past, or anxieties about the future. I am able to offer a warm, compassionate, therapeutic relationship which can allow you to deal with what may feel impossible to manage alone.
I know also that we can experience suffering even when we can’t relate it to a particular event or situation. Coming from a coaching background I understand how we all take on beliefs and habits which can leave us feeling limited, constricted, distressed, and not our full selves.
I practice integrative psychotherapy which means I draw on a number of approaches, allowing me to work with your particular needs and communication style. I encourage you to work with your thoughts and emotions, and to develop your capacity for awareness. I recognise the ability in each of us to get past what can feel overwhelming and insurmountable, and gain a sense of peace, balance, and freedom.
My therapeutic approach with young people
I work with young people from age 11, and the same therapeutic principles apply as with my adult clients. However, in addition I am aware that it can be difficult for a young person to accept that therapy may help, or to feel comfortable in the therapy room. I therefore offer creative ways to help communication, using art materials, games, play, and solution-focused approaches; whatever the young person finds is helpful to them.
With young clients I recognise that they are reliant on the systems around them; family, school, and sometimes other agencies, but my primary focus is respecting the young person’s right to confidentiality. I can undertake joint sessions with family members if the young person wishes it, as these can open up communication channels and help ease problems in relationships. I encourage young people to be as open with others as they can be, while respecting that this may not feel possible or be their choice.
The confidentiality of therapy can be challenging for parents and carers, but it is crucial to the success of the therapeutic process as the young person needs to feel completely free to explore and express themselves. Only some exceptional circumstances would lead to me disclosing information, so confidentiality is discussed prior to therapy starting to ensure the agreement is fully understood.
Training, qualifications & experience
• Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy
• Life Coaching Level 4
• ASIST suicide first aid
• CSSO model for YP therapy
I am employed by the University of Central Lancashire as a counsellor and have previously worked for Barnardo's as a therapist with young people. I have also provided counselling for adults through mental health charities. My therapeutic work builds on many years’ experience in wellbeing and personal development as I have worked in various mentoring, coaching, and facilitation roles. I have a longstanding interest in the role of creativity in emotional health; I facilitate creative workshops for wellbeing, and use therapeutic writing as a tool for healing and change.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Initial assessment: Free of charge
Individual therapy session £40
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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My availability is flexible. Please contact me to arrange an appointment.
Types of client