MBACP(Accredited) Ad. Dip. Integrative Counselling
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Hello my name is Hazel and I have been practising as a counsellor in West Dorset for in excess of fourteen years. I provide safe, effective, professional support on a 1:1 basis for a whole range of issues including depression, anxiety, relationships - both personal and work related, self esteem, family issues, stress, anger management, abuse and trauma( and many others too). My clients find me friendly, easy to talk to, very understanding, non judgmental and empathic. I work both with adults of all ages and with young people from the ages of 11 -18. I work with local people; with clients from across the UK and with English speaking international clients. I offer short term and longer term work. Each counselling session lasts 60 minutes.
My work is online using Zoom and both my clients and myself have found online working to be extremely beneficial. It is time effective, allows for greater flexibility and can enable counselling to progress more quickly. Feedback from my clients about online work has been overwhelmingly positive ( please see below) and I completely embrace this way of being able to continue delivering high quality counselling. If you are unsure about this way of working why not give it a try and see what you think?
I am a humanistic integrative counsellor which means I work with you to provide a 'bespoke' service which will best promote your wellbeing. Everyone is ,of course, unique and I am totally committed to ensuring that the counselling I provide is best suited to you and you are happy and comfortable with the way we work together. I tailor our work to your needs; I do not have a one -size- fits -all approach. I provide a strong therapeutic relationship to empower you to make lasting changes. I offer long and short term work depending on your particular needs and appointments are available during the day or in the evening.
My experience ...
As well as my private practice I have worked for 9 years as a volunteer counsellor for a local charity (The Dorchester Trust for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and have extensive experience working as a schools counsellor. I am delighted that my association with the DTCP continues and we are able to offer, subject to availability, long term low cost counselling to local Dorset who would not be able to fund private counselling . I have also delivered training courses to adults on counselling and mental health I originally trained as a counsellor to further support my previous career as a specialist dyslexia teacher of young people and I have a good working knowledge of a range of learning difficulties including ADHD and autism.
What counselling offers..
Counselling allows you to talk and be listened to in a therapeutic relationship which can significantly change your life for the better. Counselling supports you to deal more effectively with problems and challenges and to live a more fulfilled life. It can be easier to talk with an objective counsellor who is trained to listen than to friends and family. I am passionate about the benefits of counselling and with an estimated one in three people experiencing mental ill health during their lifetime I strongly believe that good quality counselling should be more accessible. In line with my ethical framework your well being as a client is always my priority and I do work very hard to deliver a high standard of care and support.
Free introductory session (30 minutes)
I am happy to offer this to potential new clients to discuss how counselling works , how I may be able to help and to answer any questions and queries. If you are considering counselling but have no experience of counselling and don't know what to expect then this free, no obligation introductory session may well be useful. This session is online using Zoom or WhatsApp video. Because counselling is such a personal process involving feeling safe in a relationship of trust it is very important that prospective clients have this opportunity to meet with me to decide whether or not I will be the right counsellor for them. ( It can also help overcome any doubts about whether or not online work is for you!).
Please feel free to give me a call (07837482727) or send me an e mail. I always aim to respond within 24 hours. I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you from Hazel.
'Thank you for all the kindness and understanding throughout our work together. I really value what we achieved.' Client A - January 2022
'Hazel, your kind, quiet presence has meant so much' Client J - January 2022
'Your support to me through such difficult times has been second to none. Your expert counselling gave me a safe space to talk freely and feel heard and reassured with my feelings. I am now in a much more positive place and feel that this would not have been possible without you.' Client B - May 2022
'Within a few minutes of meeting Hazel for the first time I felt a surge of relief. Here is someone who is highly intelligent and empathic yet who has the necessary strength to create a safe emotional space where you feel ready to challenge yourself. This has made it possible for me to face truths I have wasted years avoiding, which have fuelled my anxiety. When I accepted them not only did my anxiety abate, but in its place grew new faith in my ability to change and grow.' Client Z - May 2022 ( after six sessions)
Having not experienced this type of therapy before I was a little apprehensive, but from the first meeting Hazel made me feel at ease. Hazel got to know me well and showed real understanding of the issues I was facing. Over the course of the sessions my self confidence grew and my anxiety reduced, I would recommend Hazel to anyone.' Client L - May 2022
Training, qualifications & experience
My training and qualifications...
I trained at the Iron Mill Institute in Exeter and my qualification is the Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling - a Level 5 qualification. This rigorous training, and my on going continued professional development, means that I can very competently draw on a wealth of counselling approaches to best support you, the client.
I am an Accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and my work is supervised by a Senior Accredited member. This ensures that I work ethically by putting you, the client, at the centre of my work and always working in your very best interests. With the temporary suspension of face to face counselling during the Covid 19 crisis I am ensuring that the online counselling I am now offering continues to meet the highest ethical standards
I am fully insured and have enhanced DBS status.
I regularly attend training events - CPD - to ensure that I have good working knowledge of current developments within the profession to enhance my counselling practice and my role as a counselling tutor.
I am a qualified practitioner of creative writing for therapeutic purposes (Metanoia Institute) and run writing workshops.
I am a qualified Practitioner of Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes (please see below).
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
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£40.00 per session
Free initial online session
Concessions offered for
£40.00 per hour
Concessions for trainee counsellors. £30.00 per hour
Discretionary rates may be available for clients who are unable to afford private fees. I am affiliated to the Dorchester Trust for Counselling and Psychotherapy and offer low cost long term counselling for people in Dorset . Please contact me or see their website : dtcp.org.uk
I offer a free initial 30 minute consultation so why not call (07837482727) or e mail me via the link below to arrange a meeting? ( I always try to respond within 24 hours and usually do so much more quickly.) This will currently be on-line using Zoom which is safe and secure.
Sessions last for 60 minutes and are usually weekly at a time to best suit you.
When I work
One of the great benefits of moving to online counselling during the Covid19 crisis is the flexibility it offers clients. I access e mails , texts and voice mails very regularly.
I have a particular personal interest in therapeutic writing and also the therapeutic benefit of the natural environment so when I am not counselling or tutoring I like to walk and write - although not generally at the same time!
A long time ago I gained a degree in English Literature!
The therapeutic potential of creative writing .
I have qualified with The Metanoia Institute in London as a Practitioner in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes. In 2019 I ran a successful workshop on Therapeutic Creative Writing but then the Covid pandemic hit and I was not able to run any more workshops until 2021 when I delivered an introductory session at the Wellbeing Festival at Sculpture by The Lakes. Within the next year I intend to deliver further workshops which will be face to face and am also considering offering a residential therapeutic writing retreat abroad. Please contact me for further information or to express an interest.