Patti Holden Counsellor & Gestalt Therapist Registered MBACP

Patti Holden Counsellor & Gestalt Therapist Registered MBACP


01773 823905 / 07971 633321

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01773 823905 / 07971 633321

About me

Hello and welcome to my site. I would like to invite you to take a look at my profile and approach and assure you of a confidential and professional environment in which to explore your issues. See my website for more information, testimonials and articles on working with specific problems.

My name is Patti Holden and I am a Gestalt Therapist and Counsellor with over 17 years of practice experience.I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. I have worked extensively both in UK and overseas with people of all ages and various cultures and have worked alongside a Consultant Psychiatrist in an NHS hospital setting. I have experienced working with enduring mental health problems and personality disorders. I carried out voluntary counselling work over a four year period for Derby Women's Centre and my experience covers a huge range of issues. I will tell you a little more about that now.

Anxiety, Panic attacks Loss and Bereavement are all issues that I can help to alleviate and support. I have had great success in working with clients who have felt themselves debilitated by the effects of Panic Attacks. I am experienced in working with various Sexual issues and these include supporting victims of Rape and Abuse and Domestic Violence. I have also worked extensively with Transexual and Gender Issues and feel that I am empathetic to people of various sexual orientations.

I work with clients in recovery from Substance Abuse, Self Harm and Depression and Low Self Esteem and have over the years, supported many individuals and couples in helping them with greater clarity and awareness in their relationships.
I can help with Anger Management and also with Work Related Issues.

My experience has given me great insight into working with Personality Disorders as well as Depression and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
I can help you towards a more positive and meaningful lifestyle with clarity and choice in the future. This can be achieved by surmounting the blocks which are holding you back. You will find my approach both challenging and encouraging, compassionate and fruitful. Once our therapeutic relationship has been firmly established, I may also be able to work by telephone, Skype or Email.

I offer a safe, confidential arena in which you can explore your issues and increase your self awareness and strengthen your relationships and contact with your environment.
Gestalt is a "Talk" therapy and over the years I have seen this approach help many people in understanding themselves and their reactions better and leading more satisfying lives.

I work with adults and young people and couples and also in solution focused EAP work for a local authority and two other employee support organisations.  I also carry out rehabilitation work for a national addiction support programme. I work in congenial surroundings in Belper. This is very central for Chesterfield, The Peaks and Dales of Derbyshire, Sheffield, Derby, Belper and Nottingham. I can offer home visits, have disabled access and parking available from my place of work.


What does Gestalt Therapy Mean?

Gestalt is a German word and means “Organised Whole”

Wouldn’t we all like to feel whole and happy in how we respond and connect to both our environment and everyone with whom we make contact?

Sometimes blocks, or fixed ways of being, get in the way, which hamper our progress and leave us unsatisfied. People need to be understood not in isolation but as part of the environment in which they live and there is an important connection between psychological events and the sorts of settings in which they occur.

The approach focuses on the development of self-awareness, people’s circumstances and how they function in those circumstances.

So, since Gestalt Therapy is a “Talk” Therapy and dialogue with the Therapist, in a safe therapeutic relationship, provides an arena to explore underlying patterns of thought, feelings and behaviour, opportunities arise to cultivate this self awareness, allowing for greater insight, clarity and understanding, in relating to ourselves and others.

In the supportive and creative space which we can generate together, you can experience new and authentic ways of being.

This will help you to get a fuller sense of the ways you feel, think and act in different situations and at different times, by way of awareness of moment to moment activity in the therapeutic setting. This will increase your choices about how you live your life and interact with others.

Now is the time to start the beginning of the rest of your life!

Please click on the link below to see testimonials from my clients.

Training, qualifications & experience

I studied Person Centered Counselling at Nottingham University and then completed three years formal training in Gestalt Therapy at the Manchester Gestalt Psychotherapy Training Institute UK.

I hold the NVQ Level 4 Management of Learning and Development and have designed and delivered Courses in Counselling Skills, Confidence Building, Assertiveness and Personal Development at various Adult Education Centers, for Derbyshire County Council. This means that I can also help you with your personal development and ideas for the future and work related issues.
I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and work within their Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.

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My fees are £45 per hour for Personal Therapy and £60 per hour for Couples. I offer short and long term face to face work and also time limited solution focused work. I may be able to work with you via internet or by Skype, once the therapeutic relationship is established. Some concessions may be available according to personal circumstances.I also offer concessions for students in Counselling training.

Further information

Please do phone for an initial discussion and to arrange a mutually suitable time for an initial meeting.
If you would like to take a look around my website, you will be able to read some of my client testimonials, more about Gestalt Therapy and about my approach. You can phone me on either of my phone numbers -
01773 823905
Or contact me via this site or through my website -

Patti Holden

Maps & Directions

Belper, DE56

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays day and early evening appointments.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
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