Sarah Holt



Sarah currently works as a therapist with clients on a one-to-one basis, as well as facilitates group therapy covering wellbeing, self-awareness, addiction awareness/aftercare and mindfulness. For 18 months she managed the Addiction Treatment Programme at Priory Hospital Southampton and maintains a high interest in the facilitation of awareness and recovery possibilities for those clients and their families affected by addiction.


Sarah embarked on her therapeutic training in 1999 choosing a psychodynamic base to ground her formal training, holding the premise that our adult life can be affected by our experiences within our early life, this offered a contained base on which to add and continue development.

Having always had a particular interest in addiction, its effects and recovery, she went on and completed her Honours degree at Bath University in 2008 which incorporated a more person-centred stance, as well as the problem solving/managing aspect of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Working specifically with addiction recovery, she uses motivational interviewing, combined with the 12 Steps of recovery.

Sarah has worked in a variety of settings focusing on mental health maintenance and recovery, stress, and bereavement. She has worked at a number of leading addiction recovery centres, where she has supported family members affected by addiction, as well as the clients themselves.


  • Adult Teaching Certificate (City & Guilds)
  • Bachelor of Science (BSc) Hons 2:1 in Addictions Counselling
  • Basic Psychodynamic Counselling Certificate
  • Coaching Certificate
  • Compassion Focused Certificate (3rd Wave CBT)
  • Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling
  • Federation of Drug and Alcohol Practitioners (FDAP) accredited
  • Group Analysis Certificate
  • Member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP)
  • Motivational Interviewing Certificate
  • Rewind Technique Certificate

As a therapist it is very important to me throughout the process that client’s feel heard and understood. I know it can be somewhat difficult at times but it can also be an experience of self-discovery, leading to change and acceptance that can lead to new and healing ways of functioning.

I speak and listen as a fellow human being and work with each person as an individual – just as all people have their own fingerprints. I believe that each person brings their own unique life experience to therapy. These experiences help shape the therapeutic work and goes towards assisting each client to achieve their individual goals.

I look to be able to help find a path to wellbeing that allows for immediate relief from day to day symptoms, while exploring deeper issues that may underline current situations.