Hazel Gillen

Hazel has been involved with Crisis Care for over twenty-five years, until her retirement as a Social Care & Crisis Team manager.

With extensive life experience caring for those in crisis both as an employee of Edinburgh Council and as a voluntary counsellor for the Samaritans, Hazel also has a Degree in Counselling and a Diploma in Person Centred Counselling, CBT & Addictions. She is registered Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland (COSCA),and is part of the West Lothian Psychotherapy Network.

Hazel is a friendly, approachable and empathetic counsellor, and works with individuals, couples and families. She is experienced in dealing with all sorts of concerns from clients, which has ranged from low self-esteem, employment and relationship issues, to dealing with grief, depression and suicidal thoughts. Her goal is to provide a safe and compassionate space to help clients focus on what they want to change in their current situation.

An important goal of Hazel’s counselling is to develop an individual’s skills to deal with a current life situation, but also to improve their resilience for the future. This approach works particularly well with young people and families. Hazel is also happy to work with companies and organisations who need periodic access to counselling services, but who do not want the commitment of a full time in-house counsellor.