Hazel Wright, Mental Health Nurse and Addiction Therapist

Hazel is  a registered mental health nurse, counsellor and therapist within the field of addiction and has qualifications in coaching/ mentorship/ leadership and is completing a master’s in Education. Hazel is a non-medical prescriber and still has clinical commitments as well as more strategic responsibilities managerially.

As well as an interest in Art therapy and other therapeutic approaches within the field of addiction she has been championing end of life care within the field and has been an IBA trainer for 7 years.

Hazel has worked in the addiction field  for over 20 years and has a specific interest in Dual diagnosis working exclusively for a year in  Auckland New Zealand in a specialist dual diagnosis service 2003-4, taking a paper to conference on models of addiction and comorbidity.

Hazel has co  published practice   documents whilst working in Cornwall  around Non-medical prescribing in the field of  substance misuse and recently advised on a public health document  around the role of nurses  in substance misuse services and is cited as a contributor.

Hazel  delivers training locally in the area of complex needs and  is passionate about providing excellence in an area where complexity is the expectation not exception.



Dr R Karamat Ali, Couples and Family Therapist

Ramón is a Dutch-Surinamese Couple & Family Therapist and a Systemic Supervisor.  He is an experienced and enthusiastic trainer in working systemically with couples and families.
He is passionate about relationships, both personal and professional.  He has authored various papers on different topics in counselling, therapy and supervision.
He is currently writing a book on ‘Self-Harm from a Family Perspective’ and one on ‘Couples’.  If you would like to know more about his work and other systemic events, please visit: systemiccoupletherapy.com.

Prof D Moss, Clinical Psychologist, and Mindfulness Teacher

Duncan is currently Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology at Plymouth University and has worked for many years in Higher Education and the NHS and beyond, exploring a critical and contemplative approach to Psychology.

He has taught Mindfulness for many years, in many contexts, and has a longstanding interest in exploring this in accessible, critical and creative ways. He has published research papers in the field of qualitative studies and recently published a chapter on the theme of ‘disappointment’.

Duncan has an exhibition of ‘contemplative photography’ at Plymouth University this autumn 2016.

Alison Merchant, Counsellor and Trainer

It is my belief that each individual holds all the information they need within themselves to become their own unique fully functioning authentic person. My working experience shows me there are times when a person feels able to delve into exactly what it is they hold deep within themselves in order to expand towards developing their full potential.

“If you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life”  Abraham Maslow.

I embrace and offer a person centred approach in my therapeutic practice. I find this enables me to work within the spectacularly rich and intricate world of difference and diversity. I have the capacity to weave other modalities into my work having also trained in problem-solving approaches, elements of Gestalt and CBT practices.

I am also working with Lotus as a trainer in Counselling skills L2 & L3.

I feel privileged to have a background of working in various roles with a diverse range of people including some with learning difficulties, eating disorders and survivors of domestic violence and abuse.

In a teaching/training capacity, I have delivered courses in counselling and an awareness of domestic violence and abuse. I have also worked with pre-school and early school years children.

I am a registered member of BACP