Anne Holden MBACP (Accredited)
Hi and a very warm welcome to my profile. Taking that first step to ask for help can feel very daunting and I hope I can help make that path easier for you. We all experience times of difficulty in our lives, relationship issues, bereavement, depression, anxiety, work stress, health worries, and you may feel that you don't want to burden your families or friends, or perhaps worry you will feel judged, embarrassed or ashamed about whatever it is you are struggling with.
How can counselling help?
As a person-centred counsellor, I will offer you a friendly, safe and non-judgemental environment where I will listen with an open mind and open heart as you explore your thoughts and feelings about whatever it is that is troubling you. I am not the expert who will give you advice or offer solutions, but I will offer a safe space where we can work together to help you develop a greater understanding of yourself and trust in your own inner resources to find answers that feel right for you. Perhaps I can help you unravel and make more sense of something that may be causing you difficulty; maybe I can support you in changes you wish to make; maybe you just need a safe space to offload whatever it is that is getting you down; or maybe you want to work on issues such as low self-esteem, confidence, personal development.
I am also experienced in using mindfulness which can help you become more aware of your thoughts, feelings and sensations, and instead of being overwhelmed by them can help you gain more insight and awareness. Some of the issues mindfulness can help with are sleep difficulties, stress, anxiety, panic attacks, chronic pain, addiction.
I really value the person-centred approach because I first experienced this as a client at a difficult time in my life, and this was a life-changing experience for me. For the first time in my life, I felt really seen, heard and valued. The more I felt accepted and believed in this relationship the more accepting and trusting I became in myself and my own inner resources and values.
"The gentle and sensitive companionship of an empathic stance... provides illumination and healing. In such situations, deep understanding is, I believe, the most precious gift one can give to another"
Carl Rogers (founder of the Person-Centred Approach)
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 and we can discuss your needs and frequency of sessions when we meet.
I am a fully accredited Person-Centred Counsellor with 20 years experience. During this time I have worked as a counsellor in private practice, for a voluntary agency, and for the NHS as a primary care counsellor. I currently work for a local cancer charity as the Adult Bereavement Service Co-ordinator and counsellor, developing bereavement services and providing one to one and group support to people who have been bereaved. I also see patients and families affected by a diagnosis of cancer. I am also a trained HOPE course facilitator (Help Overcome Problems Effectively), which is a 6 week Macmillan course designed to help people get their life back on track after a diagnosis of cancer.
I am also an experienced person-centred supervisor and have worked both privately and within a Hospice providing both individual and group supervision.
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
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-study
- Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults and Children
Voluntary Counsellor North Lancashire Counselling Service 2001 - 2003
Counsellor, Community Mental Health Team, Blackpool 2003 - 2008
Counsellor and Adult Bereavement Support Co-ordinator, CancerHelp 2008 - to date
I also work as a 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
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Gender dysphoria
- Health anxiety
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Initial consultation £20
£40 one hour individual counselling
£45 one hour Supervision
I also offer group supervision
I offer concessionary rates under certain circumstances
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client
|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.View supervision profile