Hazel North: MBACP(Accredited) Ad. Dip. Integrative Counselling
Hello my name is Hazel and I have been practising as a counsellor in West Dorset for twelve 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, non judgmental and empathic. I work both with adults of all ages and with young people.
What I can offer you...UPDATE: MARCH 2020. Enjoy counselling from the comfort of your home during current lockdown period! I am now up and running with online counselling using Zoom as this software offers confidentiality and peace of mind with secure encription.
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 premises are located very conveniently and discretely between Weymouth and Dorchester and there is lots of easy parking! The bus stop is not too far away either!
UPDATE: APRIL 2020. I am now three weeks into offering online counselling and can report how well it is going offering a lifeline to clients in these difficult times. Online work also offers great flexibility for you, the client, in terms of convenience and the safety of being in your own space. If you are unsure about this way of working but are seeking counselling with a local, experienced counsellor why not contact me for a free initial Zoom meet up?
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. During the past year I have had an increase in enquiries from parents and carers about counselling children and enjoy working with young people in addition to my main adult client work. I also deliver training courses to adults on counselling and mental health and have a particular interest in supporting trainees. (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.)
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 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. 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 (March 2020 update - this is currently on-line during temporary suspension of face to face counselling) to decide whether or not I will be the right counsellor for them.
Please feel free to give me a call (07837482727) or send me an e mail - I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you from Hazel.
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 currently training as a Practitioner of Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes (please see below).
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
£40.00 per hour
Concessions for trainee counsellors. £30.00 per hour
Discretionary concessions may also be available in cases of financial hardship
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 wjhich is safe and secure.
Sessions last for 60 minutes and are usually weekly at a time to best suit you.
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 am currently training 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 and I hope to be able to offer further workshops in 2020. I am mindful that at this challenging time during the Covid 19 crisis writing is something that more people are turning to for support. If you are interested in this work please get in contact.