First of all, I would like to say hello and welcome to my page. For most people the thought of counselling can be quite daunting; not knowing what may happen or what to expect, so I want to say well done for being brave and taking steps towards making a change by having a look at my profile.
I am a Level 7 qualified Counsellor and Psychotherapist based in Rochdale, trained in the Person Centred Approach and other methods of counselling. I deliver a professional and ethical service offering support to those in need and have extensive experience of working with individuals to address and overcome a range of issues.
I have over 7 years’ experience working with a wide range of clients including those referred by the NHS, Local Authorities, Private, Public and Voluntary sectors. I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), fully adhering to their ethical code of practice. I undertake regular supervision and hold Professional Indemnity Insurance.
Why Choose me?
I believe I am kind, compassionate, empathic and have a genuine care for those I work with in therapy. I offer people a safe space to be able to offload their worries and problems knowing they are cared for in the therapy room. I am passionate about people accessing ‘good therapy’ and the sessions being valuable to everyone who crosses my door.
For me counselling is all about the relationship we will build together. By developing trust in a safe and non-judgemental environment ensures you feel valued and accepted. The sessions are all about you. My role is to facilitate awareness and understanding, allowing you to feel more comfortable with any issues that may be present.
I have worked for several organisations as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist and am currently the Coordinator of a Counselling service for a local charity. This involves managing both student and qualified counsellors who work one to one with service users. Whilst overseeing the delivery of the service I continue to work as a Counsellor, carrying a small caseload of clients with a wide range of individuals, all facing different difficulties. I value my role within the charity as it allows me to provide a much needed service alongside delivering a good experience of therapy for those who may not find it easily accessible.
I have worked with private clients for over 3 years and have recently acquired a relaxing, friendly and comfortable room in a new venue that I am now offering one to one sessions from for private clients.
I have adopted a person centred approach throughout my various job roles over the years and believe the various skills I have developed add to my abilities as a highly effective person centred therapist.
I now work in a pluralistic way offering sessions based on your needs. I have had training in CBT, Expressive Therapies, Solution Focused Therapy and Play Therapy along with other training workshops, short courses and have conducted my own research too. This range of extra training enables me to work with your best interest by using an extensive range of different skills.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training, Qualifications & Experience
Registered Member MBACP: 344116 – Jan 2013 to present
- NVQ Diploma Level 5 in Leadership & Management – Rochdale Training - (18 months)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy (PGdip) Level 7 qualified – University of Salford (2 years)
- BSc 2.1 Degree in Counselling & Therapeutic Studies – Salford University (3 years)
- Level 3 Extended Diploma Health & Social Care - Hopwood Hall College (2 years)
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
- Breathwork for Anxiety and Trauma Recovery
- Socratic Questioning for Mental Health Professionals & Coaches
- First Aid Course (1 day)
- Working with the Inner Child
- Online Covid Awareness training
- Identifying patterns that lead to burnout and vicarious trauma
- Safeguarding Adults, Children and Young People
- Working Creatively with Timelines from a Psychodynamic & Trauma Perspective
- Working with Couples in Counselling- Affordable CPD/Joan Manville- 6 days
- Working Creatively with Timelines from a Psychodynamic & Trauma Perspective
- Deep release counselling- Working with Inner Child
- Understanding Trauma-Related Dissociation- Julie Anne Allison
- Walk and Talk therapy introduction -Salford University
- Pluralistic Therapy with Mick Cooper - Affordable CPD
- Sex, Intimacy and Pornography training - Affordable CPD
- NHS E Person Centred Training- 3-day workshops – NHS England
- Expressive Therapies in Practice- Affordable CPD
- Working with LGBT young people with focus on terminology- The Proud Trust
- Somatic Therapy Workshop and GDPR introduction - Salford University
- Relational Depth in Therapy with Mick Cooper - Affordable CPD
- Expressive Therapies Theoretical workshop - Affordable CPD
- Level 2 in Working with Trans and Gender variant young people - The Proud Trust
- Introduction to Neuro Linguistic Programming- Gaddum Centre
- Working with Suicidal Behaviour - Gaddum Centre
- Transactional Analysis 101 - (2 day)- UKATA (University of Salford)
- Introduction to Mindfulness - MOSAIC Training & Consultancy
- Level 2 Introduction to Counselling Skills - CPCAB
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
From £45.00 to £60.00
Concessions offered for
Individual session- £45
Zoom sessions - £45
Home visit- £50
Couples Counselling -£60
Individual sessions are at a cost of £45 per session and usually last one hour. Full payment will be required if 24 hours’ notice is not given as stated in my cancellation policy.
We will discuss the length of therapy during our first meeting and review throughout to ensure you are happy to continue. I am open to short and long term work and prefer to see people weekly face to face however, I work flexibly and am happy to discuss options for a package that suits you.
Home visits are available for clients living within a 3 mile radius of Rochdale. The cost for these appointments is £50.
Online Counselling via Zoom sessions- 1 hour will be at normal cost of an individual session and any resources can be emailed to you.
30 minute telephone support sessions will be at a cost of £20.
All payments can be paid in by cash or bank transfer
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'I have used Holly's services a couple of times now, and I would highly recommend her to anybody. I have struggled with my mental health for many years, but when things start to get on top of me and I feel like things are getting too much, Holly always helps me through it. I find it very difficult to open up to people about my struggles, but with Holly it always felt very easy and I felt comfortable talking to her about anything. Most recently, I have found the past year very difficult throughout COVID, like a lot of people. I found that I was constantly thinking about the past as I had nothing to take my mind off things. I couldn't pinpoint what the issue was or how to resolve it, and I found myself having some troubling thoughts. I contacted Holly and she got me in very quickly, we had a discussion and she knew straight away what the issue was and what she felt I needed to do. We worked through the issue together, and although at times it was extremely challenging for me, I felt like I could turn to her for support whenever I needed. It's been a couple of months now and I haven't looked back. I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. She's great, and I will definitely contact her in the future if I ever find myself struggling to cope with things again.'
I came to Holly as I realised I was consistently making choices and living a life lead by others expectations and my own. It was making me sad, I wasn’t living my life.
My first few sessions, I cried. I didn’t understand how all this could be worked through, or how I could change this. I especially had doubts when art and creativity was mentioned....It has been one of the most liberating experiences, both the talking and art therapy with Holly.
I’m still working on myself and my only regret is that I didn’t do this much sooner. Thank you for everything.
Ryan- For the duration of the summer, I attended weekly counseling sessions with Holly and I cannot begin to thank her for enough for what she has helped me through. Her approachable and warm personality made me look forward to attending these with her each week. Holly really made me feel as though I could tell her anything I needed to without judgement and it felt as though she always knew what to say, whilst still catering to what was best for me as an individual, based on what she knew. The techniques and help sheets she would provide me with were really beneficial in reiterating what we’d discussed in the sessions when I was at home and helped me better understand my feelings and emotions.
I highly recommend if you are struggling with anything like anxiety, self esteem problems or relationship issues, to attend sessions with Holly, as she has guided me through things such as these amazingly. Thank you Holly :)
ND-009-19 - Holly has been my counsellor for a number of months and throughout this time we have worked on a variety of different aspects of my mental health and how to manage it, which is the key aspect of this process because there is no secret cure, no drug that will make you feel better over a long period of time, however with Holly I’ve managed to learn more about my mental condition and how to manage it better which to this point has worked wonders for me.
I would recommend Holly as a professional counsellor because she is very warm, open and caring about the patients she works with and this for me has helped me open up to her about the issues that have affected me, and in my opinion that is what was needed for me to feel better about me and my condition. Lastly I would like to add that since being with Holly I’ve become a better me, started to embrace all my qualities for what they are which overall has made me feel great.
Mrs Scrimshaw- 'I cannot recommend Holly enough. I had 7 sessions with her and in that time I went from a broken and lost person to someone with strength, courage and confidence. I feel like I can now take on anything with the techniques she taught me. Shes listens to your worries and responds to you in a none judgemental way and I feel we built a really good therapeutic relationship in our sessions. Her service is 5 star and I especially loved the art therapy in our last session as it was something I could take away and treasure and I will always look at it to keep me strong so I don't resort back to the old me. Thank you Holly I cannot tell you how forever grateful I am to you, my only regret will be not seeing you years ago. Anyone who is seeking out a counsellor Holly ticks all the boxes.'
Mrs Graham- 'I would happily recommend Holly to anyone who feels they need some help, no matter what their issues are. To me she was someone who I could talk to openly without fear or guilt. I can't thank her enough for how she helped me deal with my issues and be able to move on. The difference in me from the first session to my last session was noted by everyone around me. She helped me be me again. She provides a calm and relaxed space to talk about your issues and she leaves the door open if you feel you need to return at any point in the future'