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BA (Hons), PGCE, DipCounselling, MBACP (Accred)

About me

Are you struggling to cope with a relationship problem? Or are you feeling anxious and depressed?  The COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on many areas of life. Counselling can help to restore your well-being and ability to function better.

Hello, I'm Hazel and as a counsellor, I seek to help you by providing a safe, non-judgemental space in which to process your thoughts and feelings.

My counselling style is relational and emotionally focused.  As well as exploring your present problem, we will look at how past experiences may have influenced your thoughts, actions and feelings in the here and now.

I believe the quality of the relationship between counsellor and client is the key to success. I offer a gentle, compassionate approach and listen carefully to gain full understanding of your situation.  We will then work together to make changes to empower you to move on positively with your life.

I offer both short and long-term work in general counselling, and will tailor this to your needs and wants, in terms of the approach and the frequency of sessions.

I have a heart for working with couples and bringing them together. I offer a compassionate and sensitive 8-10 week programme, which deals with the following:- how a couple interacts and communicates, difficult problems which have undermined the relationship and the negative emotions underlying these issues.

I am an accredited member of both the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and the ACC (Association of Christian Counsellors) and work within their ethical frameworks.

I understand the need for a person seeking counselling to feel comfortable with their counsellor and to know that everything shared is confidential.  With that in mind, I offer an initial session at the reduced fee of £25, after which you can decide whether to proceed with counselling.

At the moment I am offering telephone and online appointments and will return to face-to-face sessions when it is safe to do so. However, the choice of type of session will remain. I work from home in a peaceful location on the outskirts of Huddersfield.  Please do contact me to arrange a first meeting.

Training, qualifications & experience

My Training

  • BA (Hons) in Social Studies
  • Post-graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)
  • Diploma in Counselling (DipHE)
  • Accredited Member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)
  • Accredited Member of ACC (Association of Christian Counsellors)
  • Externship in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT)


worked voluntarily for a Christian charity in Huddersfield for many years, but now my work is conducted solely through my own private practice, Rock Cottage Counselling.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

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.


Association for Christian Counsellors (ACC)

The Association of Christian Counsellors is a professional body representing and setting standards for Christian counselling and care in the UK.

The organisation is made up of various different membership categories, including Counsellor and Accredited, and requires all members working as counsellors to undertake Continuous Professional Development on a regular basis.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Association for Christian Counsellors

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.

Association for Christian Counsellors

Other areas of counselling I deal with

My special area of interest is in relationship issues and couples' therapy.


£40.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

My fees for individuals:-

Initial session £25 (50-60 minutes)

£40 for a 60-minute session.

£35 for a 50-minute session.

Concessions available for students and those on low income.

My fees for couples:-

£50 for a 60-minute session.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Monday - 9am - 5pm.

Tuesday - 9am - 9pm

Wednesday - 9am - 9pm.

Huddersfield, United Kingdom, HD3

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

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