Her roots are grounded in the sense of community and connectedness that surrounded her throughout her youth. In turn, she was inspired to follow a career path in a helping profession. Throughout her career as a social worker, Hazel has been fortunate to work in Labrador and on the west coast of Newfoundland in the areas of child protection, foster care, adoption and youth correction. For the past ten years, she has worked exclusively in the field of mental health at the Janeway Hospital – first with the Bridges program and, for the past 8 years with Outpatient Psychiatry.
Hazel provides therapy to children and adolescents with a range of presenting concerns, including anxiety, depression, self-harm, suicide risk, stress, trauma, grief and loss, and Borderline Personality Disorder. Hazel also provides family-based therapy and is especially passionate about working with parents of adolescents with complex mental health concerns. She uses a strengths-based approach in her work and believes that change is best supported through the therapeutic alliance that she develops with her clients. Her goal as a therapist is to help clients develop coping strategies and life skills so they can live more fulfilling and satisfying lives.