Anne Holden MBACP (Accredited)

Anne Holden MBACP (Accredited)



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About me

Hi and a warm welcome to my profile.  Are you struggling with anxiety, low mood, relationships, bereavement, abuse, flashbacks or disturbing memories?  Taking that first step to ask for help can feel scary but I hope I can make that path easier for you.

Sometimes we don't know which way to turn when we are feeling overwhelmed, stressed, angry, upset, frightened; maybe you don't feel you can talk to family or friends, or worry that you will feel judged or embarrassed.

I will offer you a friendly, safe and non-judgemental space where I will listen to you with an open mind and open heart as you explore your thoughts and feelings about whatever it is that is troubling you.  Perhaps I can help you unravel and make more sense of something that may be causing you difficulty and help you find a way forward; maybe I can support you in changes you wish to make; maybe you are bereaved or experiencing loss of another kind such as health, job, relationship; or maybe you just need a safe space to offload whatever it is that is getting you down.

I am also experienced in mindfulness.  Mindfulness is about being present to the everyday moments of our life, with a kindly and accepting awareness.  Being mindful allows for a clearer understanding of how our thoughts and emotions can affect our quality of life.  Mindfulness can reduce psychological distress, increase ability to relax, enhance self-confidence, manage chronic pain,  help us live more fully in the present.

I really value the person-centred approach because I first experienced this as a client struggling with anxiety and low self-esteem.  This was a life-changing experience for me, for the first time in my life I felt really seen, heard and valued. The warmth and unconditional acceptance I felt in this relationship helped me to begin to believe in myself and to trust and develop my own inner resources and values.

What to expect in your first session

Because it is really important that we feel comfortable working together, I offer a reduced rate for the first session where we can get to know each other a bit more and I can tell you a little more about the way I work and answer any questions you may have.

I have experience working with both short term and long term clients with a wide range of issues, and we can discuss your needs and frequency of sessions when we meet.

Training, qualifications & experience


Diploma (HE) Person Centred Counselling 2001
Diploma in Time-Limited Counselling 2005
BACP Accreditation 2005
Diploma in Casework Supervision 2007
Integrated Mindfulness Training 2011

Training courses and Workshops:

  • Loss and Bereavement
  • The Power of Acceptance
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Suicide awareness
  • Hakomi - Assisted self-discovery
  • Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults and Children
  • Hope course facilitator

I am an accredited Person-Centred Counsellor with 20 years experience.  During this time I have worked as a counsellor in private practice, for a local voluntary agency,  and for the NHS as a counsellor in the Community Mental Health Team gaining experience working with a wide range of issues.  Alongside my private practice I currently work for a local cancer charity as the Adult Bereavement Service Co-ordinator, developing bereavement services and providing one to one and group support to people who have been bereaved, and as a counsellor seeing patients and families affected by a diagnosis of cancer.  I am also experienced in working with palliative and end of life care clients and families.  I am a trained HOPE course facilitator (Help Overcome Problems Effectively), a 6 week Macmillan course which is a structured peer support programme designed to help people develop coping strategies and help get their life back on track following a diagnosis of cancer.

I also volunteer at Neuro Dropin Lancaster running Mindfulness Groups and supporting events  - Neuro Dropin is a charity very close to my heart because of family illness and offers a wide range of services and classes to people with neurological conditions including: Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neurone Disease, Parkinson's, Stroke, Acquired brain injury

I am a member of BACP and abide by their Ethical Framework for Good Practice, and I am fully insured

I am fully committed to my personal and professional development in order to enhance my practice

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

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  • My counselling room


Initial consultation £20

£40 one hour individual counselling

£50 one hour couple counselling

£45  one hour Supervision

I also offer group supervision

I offer concessionary rates under certain circumstances

Maps & Directions

Garstang, PR3

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: No



Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

I am an experienced person-centred supervisor and provide individual and group supervision.  I qualified as a supervisor in 2007 and have worked privately and at a local hospice providing both individual and group supervision.

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