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Business Women of the Year

North Notts Business Women of the Year 2022 Our Founder, Kerri Schad reached the final of the North Notts Business Women of the Year in 3 categories.  Those categories were: Mentor of the Year Professional Service of the Year Business Women of the Year She was excited about Mentor and Professional Service but throught overall […]

Christmas and giving what can’t be bought

Christmas Here it comes again! And, Christmas can be understood more than one way.  Some of us will be welcoming the thought and others will dread it.  Often I have wondered what makes us feel either of these ways.  Everyone has their own strategy to approach the festive season and no one is left unmoved […]

All Our IFs

All Our IFs Some things seem to happen, from time to time when you are a counsellor. This is one of those times.  Lately for no apparent reason, one word seems to echo in my mind, each time one of my clients utters it.  One seemingly benign word, we use so often, without even thinking.  […]


Self-Love Self-Love; these two little words are so incredibly powerful that they can change your life.  Honestly, they really can.  If you want to understand how, read on. What is it? Building self-love is a life-long pursuit but it is one that is not only worth the effort, it can also be a joyous journey.  […]

Podcast: Grounding in response to COVID-19

The current COVID-19 outbreak and being in lock-down is difficult for many of us. People are social creatures and being stuck indoors with little interaction is hard.To help with this, this Podcast takes you through some grounding techniques, designed to help the feeling of calm and to quieten any worry.

Finding our home at Christmas

What about Christmas? What about it? It seems to be everywhere want it or not… I thought I’ll join in but in what? What is Christmas, what do we think, feel about it? What a strange concept, what you see depending on where you stand, plenty of people telling us why we should love, hate, […]

Eating socially will make you happier

Last year, Sainsbury’s launched their “Living Well Index”.  Working in partnership with Oxford Economics and the National Centre for Social Research, the index tracks the mood and wellbeing of the Nation.  As part of this work, they conducted a survey of 8,250 British adults and they found a link between eating with others and reported […]

Overcome feeling Overwhelmed

What is “Overwhelm”? Being overwhelmed is the feeling of running out of energy.  It takes all your effort and energy to just cope and react to things that you have nothing left to think clearly.  So, well done for reading this far!  Keep going, you’ll be pleased you did. We all get overwhelmed sometimes, like […]


Self-Esteem It’s not uncommon for clients with low self-esteem to come to Hazelwood Counselling looking for help.  In fact, it’s one of the most frequent reasons why people get in touch. People with low self-esteem rarely live their life to the full and generally don’t make full use of their talents and abilities.  Surprisingly, however, […]

Relationship Counselling

Many people that come to Hazelwood Counselling Services are looking to improve their relationships.  This article looks at what relationship counselling is and how it can help. Relationships; including our romantic relationships are significant.  They are a big part of our lives.  Whether you are married, living together, single, gay or straight, it really doesn’t […]

Strategies for Managing Anxiety

Learning techniques to help you manage your anxiety and cope better with the symptoms can really make a difference. So, by having some strategies that work for you, helps you not to let your anxiety rule your life. 1. Take the anxious thoughts and ground them in reality Try to identify what exactly you’re afraid […]

Anxiety and Taking Back Control

A very common reason for getting in touch with Hazelwood Counselling Services is feeling overwhelmed by worry and anxiety. This article looks at what anxiety is and how counselling can help you to take back control and overcome it. About Anxiety Anxiety is a natural response – we all get anxious about things from time [...]

When to get counselling?

This article looks at some of the difficulties people face in deciding whether to seek counselling. When to seek counselling? It can be hard to decide whether to seek counselling. Perhaps you have a sense that things aren’t quite right, or maybe you think that what you’re going through is just normal – after all […]

Not letting your past define your future

  It’s easy to accept that the events of our past affect us in the present.  But, although they inevitably have their influence, historical events don’t have to define who we are and how we live.  We do have a choice.   We all deserve the best health possible; whether that’s our physical health or […]

Taking the First Step

  A significant and welcomed step has been made in reducing the stigma that surrounds mental health with Prince Harry’s recent brave disclosure about his struggles following the death of his mother.   But, despite improving mental health awareness it can still feel like an impossible step to actually ask for help. Indeed it can […]