Hazel is an experienced British Psychological Society (BPS) Chartered and HCPC Registered Forensic Psychologist. She is trained to the equivalent of Doctorate level with over 17 years of experience working alongside a wide range of healthcare professionals and senior managers within community, prison and secure hospital environments.
Hazel studied Psychology at The University of Nottingham and graduated with a 2:1 classification Bachelor of Science Degree with Honours in 1999. She completed a Master of Science Degree in Applied Forensic Psychology at the University of Leicester in 2002. She commenced her training in Forensic Psychology with HM Prison Service in 2003. During this time, she gained considerable experience in the risk assessment of sexual and violent offenders and delivery of a variety of cognitive-behavioural treatment programmes.
Hazel qualified as a Chartered Psychologist in 2008. Hazel has over 9 years' experience working at Senior Psychologist level in the Prison Service within the Long Term and High Security Prison Service Estate. For over 8 years she was the clinical lead within a highly specialist small Offender Personality Disorder Pathway (OPDP) unit within HM Prison Service working with a team of dedicated staff to assess, support and treat men presenting with very high risk of violence and who have a complex presentation of multiple personality disorders, and co-morbid mental health difficulties.
Hazel has continued to develop her skills and expertise in conducting a wide range of psychological assessments, presenting as a professional witness within quasi-judicial settings and supervising Forensic Psychologists in Training. Hazel is on the BPS Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors (RAPPS). Hazel has a specialist interest in assessing and treating trauma and working with complex presentations. She completed EMDR training in 2012 and gained a Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (PG Dip CBT) at the University of Hertfordshire in 2017.
Hazel now works in a variety of settings; alongside her associate work with PSUK Hazel works in a medium and low secure hospital with clients with learning disability, autistic spectrum conditions and other mental health difficulties. She also provides cognitive behavioural therapy to the public within her private practice.