Hazel Trego

About Hazel Trego

Hazel Trego holds a B.A. in Psychology and a Professional Teaching Certificate from the University of Victoria in British Columbia and an M.A. in Counselling Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, Illinois. Hazel has taught Psychology for several Colleges and Universities, supervised beginning therapists and facilitated training for schools and agencies.


Hazel Trego attained her B.A. in Psychology and her Professional Teaching Certificate from the University of Victoria in British Columbia.  Following a teaching career specializing in behavioural and learning difficulties she completed a M.A. in Counselling Psychology with the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, Illinois. 



Hazel’s company, Pacifica Counselling and Consulting Services, has existed for twenty years, with a focus on educational consulting, supervision and consult for new counsellors, training for frontline staff, and individual adult therapy.




Born and raised in British Columbia, Hazel has a passion for the environment and she spends as much time as possible sailng, exploring the wilderness, photographing people and places, and travelling.  Hazel writes for Suite101 on topics related to these interests as well as current events and social justice.

Getting Happier Naturally: Self-Care for Depression

Outdoor activity improves our mood by influencing endorphin output

Major depression feels debilitating, but current research shows us that we can have a powerful effect on our mood through free and enjoyable activities.

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Sexual Addiction – Excuse or Affliction?

Normal or Pathological?  Photo Credit:  B. Schwabe

Is sex addiction a real disorder, or merely an excuse used by the unfaithful to justify cheating and other behavior that is not accepted by their partners?

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Do Children Need Risky Play? Too Many Rules May Reduce Resiliency

Ball Play:  Does Risk of Injury Outweigh Benefits?

Eliminating ‘tag’ and other risky playground games, opens kids up to other risks, such as childhood obesity and lower emotional resilience.

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Eye Movements and Trauma Therapy

EMDR is a powerful technique for therapy. Image by benipop

The dream stage of sleep incorporates rapid eye movement and increased activity in the areas of the brain responsible for visual imagery and emotional processing. In recent years, this natural and automatic processing of information has found its way into mainstream psychological therapy for symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. P.T.S.D.’s Devastating Effects In recent years, the general public […]

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Can Thinking and Writing Make You Thin?

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Can affirmations help with weight loss? In a recent article for the Association for Psychological Science, Divya Menon reported on a study by Christine Logel of the University of Waterloo and Geoffrey L. Cohen of Stanford University titled:  The Role of Self in Physical Health:  Testing the Effect of a Values-Affirmation Intervention on Weight Loss.   They […]

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