Our Counsellors

Below are the details of the practitioners who may have availability to see clients as part of DTCP low-cost counselling service. All of them are either:

  • Accredited by The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Registered with The British Psychoanalytic Council
  • Registered with The UK Council for Psychotherapy

Hazel North (MBACP Accredited, Ad. Dip. Integrative Counselling)

Hazel North - counsellor

Hello, I’m Hazel North and I have thirteen years of experience working as a counsellor  supporting people to make real and lasting positive changes to their lives.

I work with a whole range of issues including anxiety, depression, stress, self esteem, relationships, general health concerns, identity and learning differences associated with dyslexia and autism.

My training is integrative which means that I have the knowledge and skills to work  holistically using different approaches depending on  your individual needs and I am BACP Accredited. Clients  (who currently range in ages from 11 – 88) find me warm, friendly, down to earth, trustworthy, understanding and totally non judgemental. I have worked as an adult education tutor teaching counselling and mental health awareness; am a qualified practitioner of creative writing for therapeutic purposes and a specialist dyslexia tutor.

I am passionate about mental health and how counselling can help people to live fulfilled, happier lives. As such, it’s so exciting to once again be working with the DTCP ( I previously volunteered with the charity for many years)  and offering low cost counselling to those in real need. When I am not counselling I like being out an about in nature – hence my windswept photo!

Long term low cost therapy supports vulnerable and disadvantaged people to make significant and lasting changes to their lives. In the eight years I spent volunteering with DTCP I helped clients improve their emotional and physical wellbeing, regain their purpose in life and generally become happier, more fulfilled people. I know that for some clients this work can literally be life saving and I am passionate about long term therapy being affordable for all.

Tel: 07837 482727
Email: hazelnorth1@gmail.com

 

Wendy Mather (CAT Practitioner Accred, Adv. Dip. Couns, MBACP Accred)

I am both an experienced and accredited Cognitive Analytic Therapist (CAT) and accredited Counsellor with membership of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (Adv. Dip. MBACP) and the Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ACAT Accred.)

Alongside my private practice, I have worked in the NHS for 28 years gaining experience in a number of settings including mental health services for adults and young people, a prosthetics service, bereavement support, paediatric and maternity services, health visiting and school nursing.

I am comfortable working with people across the lifespan, from young children to older adults.

My special interest is in working with those who have experienced a traumatic past history or long-term relational difficulties, and people who have suffered a difficult loss or bereavement. I am aware that long-term trauma may become ’embodied’ and often present as physical and long-term health conditions. Working with my clients interactively and collaboratively, with empathy and respect, can lead to understanding and relief via straightforward and practical therapy.

Available low cost sessions mean we are able to offer an all inclusive service that does not discriminate against personal finances – rapid service accessibility is often crucial to long lasting recovery

Tel: 07824 775574

Email: wendyjmather@gmail.com

Naomi David (MBACP Accred)

I am an Accredited Psychotherapeutic Counsellor working with adults, young people, children and couples. I work with a variety of presenting issues e.g. bereavement, anxiety, depression, stress, relationship difficulties, PTSD, trauma, chronic pain and eating disorders. We can also work together if you aren’t sure what your problems are but you feel a warm, professional, non-judgemental and confidential space is what you need.

This opportunity has been a life line to my client as access to support has been completely unachievable otherwise.

Tel: 07540390168

Email: freshthoughtscounselling@gmail.com

Lal Hitchcock (MA, Dip HIP)

Having graduated from Newcastle Polytechnic in 1978 with a degree in Fine Art, I began my working life as a printmaker, making etchings on a mostly pastoral theme. But growing increasingly frustrated with the medium and the subject matter, I turned to fashioning discarded materials: broken china, rags, newspapers, and flotsam and jetsam into sculpture. Following my father’s death, in my mid-thirties, my personal life started to unravel, and I went into therapy. This transformative experience inspired me to begin my own training at BCPC (Bath Centre for Psychotherapy & Counselling) ten years later.

I am particularly drawn to loss of all kinds, and early in my training, I worked with Cruse, as a bereavement volunteer. I split my mental health placement between Rowan Ward, Yeovil, and the WATCH Project, Chard, volunteering as an art facilitator. Since qualifying as a psychotherapist in 2015, I have continued to broaden and deepen my understanding of mental health, volunteering with the British Red Cross as a co-facilitator of small psycho-social groups with asylum seekers at the Verne Immigration Removal Centre, Portland, and training to work in a range of fields, from the lasting effects of boarding school, to transgender issues, to feelings arising from the climate crisis.

Some people argue that therapy should be expensive; that the more people pay for it, the more they value it. But there’s a very simple counter-argument: “What if they simply can’t afford it?”

Being in therapy may be the first time such a person has felt seen, heard, accepted or understood, and the experience can be life changing, and sometimes life-saving.

A therapist’s job isn’t just to support, but also to gently challenge our clients’ beliefs, when they seem counter-productive or unhelpful. Doing this in a non-confrontational way can have a profound, sometimes transformational effect.

Tel: 01308 424519

Mobile (best for texts) 07906 204565

Email: lalhitchcock@hotmail.co.uk

Sandra Spenceley (MSc, Clinical Diploma)

As an experienced Integrative Psychotherapist I work online and by telephone with adult clients for short term and open ended counselling and psychotherapy.  My training is broad and I draw on a number of theories including CBT, psychodynamic and humanistic.  I believe relationships are fundamental to healing distress, these include the therapeutic relationship as well as the relationship with ourselves and others.

I believe that counselling and therapy can be life changing and that everyone who can make use of talking therapies, and wants them, should have access. I offer a few low cost counselling/therapy places to support people who cannot ordinarily afford a standard fee to gain access.

Tel:  01305 853103

Email: Sandraespenceley@gmail.com