Sandra Holden

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Padiham, Lancashire, BB12 8BP
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I am a professional qualified counsellor and I have a lovely little private practice where we can connect. I offer counselling in a friendly yet professional environment working with individuals who may just want to feel better or have a specific goal in mind. I appreciate that it takes courage to make the first step and reach out for support, find someone you can trust and connect with. I invite you to get in touch for a no obligation 30 minute chat to see how we could work together. I am open to questions and I will do all I can to put you at ease.

It is my belief and experience that you will get more out of your life if you are willing to change. Change is spurred by a feeling that something just isn't quite right, that something could be better, that there's an issue you want to resolve. Let's work together in discovering the world around you and finding your place in it

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications & Training

  • BACP Accredited Advanced Diploma in Person Centred Counselling Level 4 - 2010
  • ABC Level 4 Diploma in the Theory and Practice of Counselling - 2010
  • NLP Diploma (Art and Science of Neuro Linguistic Programming) - 2011
  • Qualified Mental Health First Aider (MHFA) - 2022
  • Undergo regular CPD including adult safeguarding, ZSA Suicide Training, LGBTQ+Inclusion and Including Diverse Cultures (Prevent)
  • Trained in on-line and telephone counselling


  • Affiliate counsellor for Wellbeing Solutions, Sporting Chance, TERC, The  Rehab Network, Betterhelp 
  • Providing Solution Focused Therapy to clients accessing support on the employability programmes using telephone and on-line counselling. Enabling clients to gain coping strategies to focus on present and future goals. 
    Skills: Solution Focused · Mental Health First Aid · Mental Health Counselling
  • Worked for over a decade for local charity organisations (Brook Clinic for young people, Maundy Relief, East Lancs. Women's Refuge, Samaritan's)

Additional Information

  • Registered member of the BACP
  • ICO Registered
  • Fully Insured
  • Enhanced DBS Checked and Cleared

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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£38.00 - £45.00
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Additional information

Initial free of charge 30 minute assessment to see if we connect and discuss how we shall take the next steps together.

50 minute sessions at £38.00 for individuals to be paid by bank transfer 24 hours in advance. £45.00 for corporate organisations

When I work

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Further information

Let me answer some typical questions you may have.

How do I start counselling?

The first step is to phone for a no obligation chat and if you are happy to proceed we can book an initial consultation.  The initial free of charge, 30 minute assessment will give you the opportunity to know if counselling is right for you, without any further obligation for you to continue.

What can I expect in a counselling session?

At the initial consultation, I will take a brief history of what is going on for you physically and psychologically and discuss what you want to achieve from Therapy  and how  best we can achieve this together.  There is no typical session, as we are all unique individuals, therefore it is a space and time for you to share your thoughts and feelings.

Inskip Street, Room 5, Padiham, Lancashire, BB12 8BP

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Online platforms

Microsoft Teams


Sandra Holden
Sandra Holden