My Professional Qualifications and Credentials

Holly Hazen, My Professional Qualifications @migrainesavvyHolly Hazen - My Professional Qualifications

Besides having debilitating migraines for over 26 years, 14 of which with no effective pain relief, here are my formal qualifications that underpin the foundation for me as a chronic pain counselor and migraine coach.


Holly Hazen: MCAP Framed @migrainesavvyHere's a photo of me at graduation.

Here are my professional qualifications in chronological order:

  • 2020 - Healing Trauma: Moving Beyond the Hurt of the Past. Ann Weiser Cornell, Focusing Resources, Inc.
  • 2019 NICABM - How to Foster Post Traumatic Growth.
  • 2018 NICABM - How to Work With Shame.
  • 2018 NICABM - Working with Core Beliefs of "Never Good Enough."
  • 2018 NICABM - Treating Trauma Master Series.
  • 2013 Couples Observation and Couples in Crisis with Jacqueline McDiarmid (JNI).
  • 2011 Imago Couples Intensive Workshop, Sydney. Imago Institute for Relationships, New Zealand. 
  • 2011 Essentials of Couples Therapy. Family Systems Institute, Sydney. 
  • 2011 - present Focusing: (2011) Radical Gentleness; (2011) Inner Critic; (2012) Level 2; (2017) Gifts of Pain; (2017) A Rock and a Hard Place; (2018) Focusing with Chronic Pain; (2018) Shift; (2020) Focusing in Stressful Times. Ann Weiser Cornell, Focusing Resources, Inc.


Here are some of the certificates for my professional qualifications above: 

Rick Hanson's Neurodharma Course July 2020Neurodharma Course July 2020
Rick Hanson's Relationship Workshop August 2020Relationship Workshop August 2020
Rick Hanson PNT Course Oct 2020PNT Course Oct 2020
Rick Hanson PC-PNT Course Nov 2020PC-PNT Course Nov 2020
MCAP 2012MCAP 2012
PNT 2018PC-PNT 2018
PNT 2016 Level 2PC-PNT 2016 Level 2
PNT 2016 Level 1PNT 2016 Level 1
Diploma of Shiatsu Therapy 1997 - 2001Diploma of Shiatsu Therapy 1997 - 2001
Certificate in Holistic Counselling 1997 - 1998Certificate in Holistic Counselling 1997 - 1998
Traditional Chinese Medicine 1997 - 2001Traditional Chinese Medicine 1997 - 2001
Certificate in Nutrition 1999Certificate in Nutrition 1999
Lifeline Counselling 1998 - 2012Lifeline Counselling 1998 - 2012
ASIST 2002ASIST 2002
ASIST 2010ASIST 2010
Workplace Training 2001Workplace Training 2001
Foundations of Human Resources Institute 1996Foundations of Human Resources Institute 1996

Passions and interests:

Laughter Yoga Leader Training Certificate 2022Laughter Yoga Leader Training Certificate 2022
My Focusing Certificate 2011Focusing
My Couples Therapy Certificate 2010Couples Therapy
My Energetic Healing Certificate 1997Energetic Healing
My Metaphysics Certificate 1998Metaphysics & The Body's Energetic Systems


  • 2010 - present. Private counseling practice and website. Before I retired, I was an accredited member of (CAPA) The Counsellors and Psychotherapists Association of NSW Inc.
  • 1998 - 2012 Voluntary counselor at Lifeline.
  • 1981 - 2014 Accountant. Downsized, due to migraines, in 2001 to do my own part-time bookkeeping services and part-time counselling.

Remember... Information & Education = Options & Choices

My book Migraine Management: How to Reduce Anxiety, Manage Pain and Prevent Attacks won the 2017 New Apple literary award. 

I had disabling migraines for over 26 years, and when I started this website there were no step by step plans for how to navigate through this often misdiagnosed and disabling condition. That’s why I spent so many years studying, four years doing a master’s degree and an intensive year writing out a plan which became the migraine pain management course. 

Getting the right advice matters to me. I wasted so much time and money on alternative therapies that just do not help stop migraines. They are so misunderstood and it’s a misconception that they can be cured by a single alternative treatment or therapy. I’m not saying it can’t happen, I know it can… it just never happened for me.

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Stay strong,