Ann Holden

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Psychotherapy/Counselling & Coaching for young & adults
Available for new clients
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Nr Norwich, Norfolk, NR17
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Counselling for all ages - getting to the root of the issue.

For people aged from 8 to 80.

I work with children, teenagers and adults on a one to one basis.  In providing a safe, non-judgemental and confidential environment it allows my clients to feel truly heard and understood.

Sometimes life can feel very challenging and we find ourselves not coping. We need someone to talk to outside of our family and friends. We can feel depressed, anxious, angry, bereft, panicky, isolated, and many more complex emotional disorders. Complications can arise if these issues are not dealt with.

I trained for seven years and for your reassurance I am registered with a professional body. Now a counselling practitioner of 20 years I was the School Counsellor at my local High School for 10 of those years which included working with students with learning difficulties and special needs. I advocate early intervention; exploring our thoughts and feelings prevents further mental health issues developing into adulthood.

As a trained coach I can also incorporate empowerment skills to build confidence, enhance self esteem and self worth by giving you skills and tools to help you feel in control.

Your 'way of being' is important to me. There are no fixed number of sessions. I offer non-directive holistic therapy. Please phone for further information if you are not sure what type of therapy you need.

Brief history of experience:

  • Anxiety issues
  • Panic attacks
  • Depression
  • Attendance issues for school students
  • Examination pressure and stress
  • Anger Management-understanding anger, how it got there and letting it go
  • Teenage Development - helping dilute friction and pressure
  • Autistic/Asperger spectrum/ADHD
  • Dyslexia, Dyscalculia and Dyspraxia
  • Attachment/detachment/disassociation issues
  • Marriage/couple relationship issues
  • Bereavement issues
  • Clinical mental health disorders including bi-polar/personality disorders
  • Eating disorders/self harming
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder/OCD
  • Family mediation
  • Bullying - resolving the perpetrator issues and the victim

More experience further down the page under 'other areas'

Training, qualifications & experience

B A (Hons) PERSON CENTRED THERAPY University of East Anglia/University of Essex

Registered with the BACP voluntary register accredited by the Department of Health

Member of British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP)

DBS Certificate

Number of Clinically Supervised hours practiced exceeds 17,000

    • Experience with providing psychological support to:
    • trainee doctors, qualified GP's and surgeons via East of England Deanery
    • National Farmers Union
    • Work Place Solutions & Cigna - health insurance companies
    • Children's Services - Devon, Norfolk, Suffolk
    • Daisy Programme Charity for victims of Domestic Abuse
    • NIDAS Norfolk Integrated Abuse Service
    • Various workplace charities 

    • Dealing Self Harm and Suicide   Carolyn Spring 2018
    • Understanding Emotional Harm - Norfolk Safeguarding Children Board
    • Domestic Abuse Champion 2017
    • Communicating through normal and complicated grief - BACP
      Coaching - The Relational Academy, Cambridge
      Solution Focused Counselling
    • Ethical and Confidential practice
    • Gestalt therapy, Cognitive Behaviour therapy
    • Psychodynamic and Adlerian therapy
    • Understanding and Working with Anger
      Talking with Bereaved People: Dodie Graves
    • Trauma, Dissociation and Recovery
    • Building a Coaching Approach
    • Understanding and Working with Anger
    • Counselling Children and Young People
    • Working with Narcissism Self-Harm, Self-Care and the Way Between
    • Mental Health in Education
    • Tackling the Stigma of Mental Health: anxiety,depression, stress, self-harm, eating disorders
    • Step on Training: adolescent behaviour and how we can change it.


         working with clients who are blind
         working with looked after children
         working with autistic/asperger spectrum adolescents
         working with dyslexic and dyspraxic clients
         working with selective mutes

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Issues practiced to date:

  • Obsessional compulsive disorder
  • Neglect: severe financial constraints manifesting fantasy situations within the child.
  • Emotional neglect: abandonment and rejection issues.
  • Attendance issues - school non-attendance, associated family pressures
  • Peer pressure and bullying
  • Post-traumatic stress
  • Abuse: sexual, physical, emotional, verbal and spiritual
  • Emotions related to being a young carer
  • EAL students: change in culture and language which enhances issues of isolation, loneliness, confusion and anger.
  • Self-harm: burning, cutting, other acts of self-punishment
  • Eating disorders: anorexia, identified bulimia
  • Suicide and life-threatening issues
  • Attachment and detachment, rejection and abandonment issues
  • Identity issues.
  • Bereavement, loss, grief, complicated grief and avoidance.
  • Manipulation, power and control.
  • Sibling rivalry putting others at risk.
  • Confidence issues, low self-esteem, low self-worth, no value, feeling undeserving.
  • Lack of boundary issues in families and students and the subsequent fallout.
  • Drug issues: parents growing drugs and getting children to collude with the situation.
  • Alcohol: parents who are alcoholics and student addiction
  • Violence: students who witness violence at home or are violent themselves to parents.
  • Sexual safety: guidance on how to keep safe, respect, dignity.
  • Depression of various scales: personality disorders, Bipolar etc.
  • Bereavement, complicated grief, loneliness
  • Trauma, anxiety, panic attacks
  • Identity issues, suppressed emotions, avoidance
  • Debt and financial complexities, redundancy
  • Marriage, relationship complexities, infidelity
  • Adoption, self-identity
  • Anger, suppressed emotions, confusion
  • Terminal illness
  • Gender issues
  • Stalking
  • Low income, unemployable, homeless
  • Domestic violence issues: adults and children

Additional experience with clients who are:

Blind, deaf, Looked after Children, Neurodiverse clients with Autistic/Asperger spectrum symptoms, including ADHD dyspraxia, dyscalculia and dyslexia, non- verbal issues.


£50.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

  Payment can be either cash or via BACS payment

  • Concessions are available
  • Payment plans are negotiable
  • £50.00 per hour per week per single client. 
  • £70 per hour including travel time should you choose to have counselling at your home to cover time and travel costs
  • Parking is available at the front of the building
  • Wheelchair access is available

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Monday to Friday daytime and evenings - last appointment at 6.30pm

Further information

Experience of working with:
      Young and mature people on the Autistic spectrum

      Family mediation - helping build relationships

      School attendance issues related to all students various anxieties

      Examination pressure and stress related to GCSEs and 'A' levels

      Anger Management - coaching strategies promoting more self control

      Teenage development - diluting friction and pressure with behaviour issues

      Working with blindness - helping to feel less isolated

      Attachment issues related to childhood issues spilling over into adulthood

      Relationship issues

      Adoption and fostering issues presented in daily life

  • *Depression, anxiety, panic.
  • *Bereavement issues
  • *Dissociation/detachment issues

Attleborough, Nr Norwich, Norfolk, NR17

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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Wheelchair user access
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Ann Holden
Ann Holden