About me

Introducing myself...

Hello my name is Hazel and I have been practising as a counsellor in West Dorset for 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, non judgmental and empathic.  I work both with adults of all ages and with young people.

During the past year my counselling work has been online using Zoom and I am continuing to work remotely following current Government guidelines.  Both 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 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. 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 have also delivered 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 (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.

Walk and Talk outdoor therapy also offered in West Dorset.

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 a qualified Practitioner of Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes (please see below).

Member organisations


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Dyslexia


£40.00 per session
Free initial online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

£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 which is safe and secure.

Sessions last for 60 minutes and are usually weekly at a time to best suit you.


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

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.

Further information

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 ; paused delivery during 2020 but I want to be able to offer further workshops in 2021. I am holding out in the hope of being able to run face to face workshops again offering a holistic experience of writing opportunities in a lovely environment with good food!  However, 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.


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Online counselling using Zoom provided during pandemic. I also offer 'Walk and Talk' outside counselling.

Hazel North

Hazel North