Hazel Russell

M.S.W. | R.S.W.
CLINICAL Social Worker

Hazel Russell

Hazel is a clinical social worker with over 25 years of work experience.  She obtained her bachelor and master degrees in social work from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador (MUN).  She is registered with the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers (NLASW), and has taught several courses at MUN’s School of Medicine and School of Social Work. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and experiences with others through the supervision of university students and through presentations to various audiences in the community.  She regularly gives presentations on the topics of anxiety, self-harm, parenting in the twenty-first century, resilience and mental wellness.

Hazel grew up in coastal Labrador at a time when many types of resources were scarce.  She remembers community members caring for, and about, each other in the unique way of life that is often associated with rural settings. 

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.