Lorraine Hazell-Linder

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A Room With A View Counselling Dip couns. MBACP Accred
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Sturminster Newton, Dorset, DT10 2FU
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About me

I am a warm, caring, and approachable person, who is good at putting people at ease. I have worked in caring professions for more than twenty-five years, with people of all ages. People often remark that they feel safe and cared for in my counselling space and find it easy to talk.

Counselling is a confidential space in which to talk about what is worrying you. I will listen carefully to you and without judgement. I may ask questions to help you unpick issues, which gently and without force or pressure I will support you to work through.

I see the process of counselling a little like a journey – your journey in which I will walk alongside you, using counselling skills, tools, and theory to help you to better understand who you are, how you feel and what you need. Some people bring one aspect of their life that they want to better understand or improve, others may work through many or related issues. This approach to counselling, which puts the client in the driving seat, is known as Humanistic or Person - Centred. I believe that given the right support we all as individuals are the best people to charter our own destiny. This process is ideal for those wanting to develop better self-esteem and confidence.

"Within moments of connecting with Lorraine I felt she was someone I could trust. I found her warm, compassionate, intuitive, professional, with a deep capacity to hold me in times of strong emotion. She also has that twinkle, that joy in being alive that comes from having done the work yourself – a deep authenticity which speaks volumes. I am so grateful for the work we did together and for the future work to come!"

"At a time of crisis in my life, I found Lorraine’s compassionate, insightful and emotionally intelligent counselling to be invaluable. Her multi-disciplinary practice creates a thought-provoking yet safe space of deep listening and reflection, which enabled me to find an equilibrium that I had lost. The new skills I have learned through her guidance have had a profound and positive impact on my approach to life and its challenges, and have empowered me to move forward with a greater understanding of my inner self."

I do have a holistic approach to counselling where I nurture the connection between mind, body, and soul. I offer talking therapy within which we can incorporate creativity, nature, mindfulness, visualization and Reiki into your counselling when and where relevant and only if you would like. 

To book an initial consultation please telephone or email, we can then arrange a free, no obligation, chat on the telephone where you can outline what you are looking for in counselling and we can double check that I am the right counsellor for you. This will take up to 30 minutes. Usually, we will work for six sessions and then review. There is no fixed maximum number of sessions. Each session lasts for 50 minutes.

Training, qualifications & experience

Counselling Diploma in Person-Centred (Humanistic) Counselling.

Accredited Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. (MBACP).

Usui Reiki Level II

BA Hons (Fine Art), PGCE.

I have significant personal and professional knowledge of neurodiversity, Autism and ADHD in particular. I have worked a lot with people who have relationship issues (romantic and familial - but  am not a couples or family therapist). I am also experienced counselling people with anxiety, low mood and depression, PTSD, Parkinson’s Dementia, bereavement and Boarding School Syndrome.

"Over a period of many years, I saw multiple therapists to help me with issues relating to crippling anxiety, chronic depression, and misery. Many, if not most, gave me very little real help. I was desperate to find a therapist that could really help me. Lorraine was that therapist.
Lorraine really helped me to find and talk about the origins of deeply embedded patterns of negative thinking and self-defeating attitudes, enabling me to work through my traumas, loosening their grip.
She is patient and compassionate while being proactive and constructively challenging when she needs to be, and I finally felt truly heard. I found this combination of empathy and robust questioning of my negative perceptions immensely helpful. She also had a thorough understanding of my ASD and ADHD that helped me come to terms with how I expressed these conditions in my life.
The process resulted in my feeling so much better, building up my confidence, managing my anxiety, and gaining many insights. It has helped me to successfully cope with many and various situations, both personal and social, which would have been unimaginable before I started therapy with her, and to finally rid myself of the chronic depression and suicidal ideation I had suffered throughout my life.
Prior to seeing Lorraine, I saw little future for me and had resigned myself to being deeply unhappy and unfulfilled for the rest of my life. Lorraine helped me to turn this around and, for the first time in my life, I now look forward to the future with hope and even enthusiasm.
So, though it may sound corny, she really has saved my life and I will be eternally grateful to her.
I would highly recommend Lorraine to anyone seeking to find a better understanding of themselves and a clearer, happier state of being."

I am a former counselling skills lecturer and I have also worked for the charity MIND. I have an extensive background in special needs teaching.

Member organisations

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

Concessionary rate £45.00.  Unfortunately all concessionary places are filled at this time.

When I work

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Further information

I find WhatsApp the most 'user friendly' of online platforms. However if this is difficult for you, I can also access Skype, Zoom and Microsoft Teams.

11 Blackthorn Road, Stalbridge, Sturminster Newton, Dorset, DT10 2FU

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

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Additional languages

Somerset Total Communication (Makaton)

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Lorraine Hazell-Linder
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