Joan Holt MSc, Individual, Couple & Family Therapist & Supervisor
I have many years of experienced in working with distressed or angry clients, whether individuals, couples or families. I provide a safe environment to explore these and other strong feelings.
The main focus of my work is with relationships, whether seeing an individual, or 2 or more people, to improve communication and understanding of each other's positions and this subsequently improves how people feel about themselves and each other.
I believe that people can gain strength through change with and alongside others and that my job as a therapist is to support and assist that change.
I am trained to work collaboratively with individuals, couples and families across the lifespan and aim to provide a calm space where differing thoughts and feelings can be safely explored.
I acknowledge the importance of people’s different beliefs, cultures, contexts and life experiences and will adapt my way of working according to family members’ ages, needs, resources and preferences.
I take ‘family’ to describe any group of people who define themselves as such and am happy to work with whoever you identify as important to you.
I am not trained in psychoanalysis but will ask you to think about your future hopes, past experiences or ideas in order to help you find meaning in your current situation.
From time to time I may present different ways of thinking. These are not absolute ideas but tentative thoughts which may or may not resonate with you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a UKCP Registered Family and Systemic Psychotherapist who trained at the Oxford Family Institute and the Tavistock Centre, London. I am also registered as a systemic supervisor with both UKCP and the Association of Family Therapy.
UKCP Registration Number 00313376
I have over 30 years experience of therapeutic work within Health, Education and Social Services helping families manage emotional and communication difficulties associated with loss, trauma, family disruption, neurological problems and ill health, including depression and anxiety.
I trained originally as a social worker qualifying in 1976. I trained and worked as a Relate Counsellor and then supervisor for 17 years alongside working as a psychiatric social worker in both education and social care contexts. In order to better meet the needs of the families I was seeing I completed my MSc in family therapy in 1998. I have been working privately since retiring from the NHS in 2013. For the last 9 years In the NHS worked as a family therapist within a busy NHS mental health clinic. I now work privately as a couple and family therapist and supervisor.
While in the NHS I completed a 2 year supervisor training with the Tavistock Clinic and supervised individual therapists and groups within the NHS until I retired. I now supervise counselors and therapists privately.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Behaviour problems
- Bipolar disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
I offer a free telephone consultation to talk about what you are looking for and if the way I work can meet your needs. I will also email you information so you can make an informed decision about starting therapy with me.
Fees for 1 hour session vary due to the cost of location:
£75 at Nettlebed Surgery
£75 At the Abingdon Natural Health Centre
For couples and families I like to do a first assessment appointment of 90 minutes. The charge is then:
£112 at Nettlebed Surgery
£112 at Abingdon
Concessions: I am willing to reduce the fee if you are struggling financially.
I am registered with Aviva Health Care Insurance, Pruhealth, BUPA and WPA
"Family Therapy helps people in close relationship help each other. It enables family members, couples and others who care about each other to express and explore difficult thoughts and emotions safely, to understand each other’s experiences and views, appreciate each other’s needs, build on strengths and make useful changes in their relationships and their lives. Individuals can find Family Therapy helpful, as an opportunity to reflect on important relationships and find ways forward". AFT Website
Directions to Nettlebed Surgery:
Nettlebed Surgery is located between Henley and Wallingford. Take the turning off Nettlebed High Street signposted to Crookley Green and Watlington. Turn first left twice and park in the Surgery car park.
By bus Route 139 has an hourly services between the towns, stopping at Nettlebed High Street.
Directions to Coxeter House
The Natural Health Centre is at the back of Coxeters House accessed from the shop's car park. Free parking is available for users of the centre. Rooms are on the ground floor, next to the bicycle shop.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Nettlebed Mondays 2-6 pm Tuesdays 8.30 - 6 pm by arrangement. Abingdon Monday, Tuesday 10 am - 9 pm and Saturdays 12 - 6 by arrangement.
Types of client
Supervision & training
Joan Holt.View supervision profile