Dr. Kerry-Ann Holder:
Chartered Clinical Psychologist
Who we are
Dr. Kerry-Ann Holder, who trained in Cardiff, is an experienced Consultant Clinical Psychologist who shares her work time between private practice with Talis Consulting Limited and the NHS. She has extensive experience of providing psychological services to individuals with behaviours which challenge, children with chronic health conditions, children and adults with inherited bleeding disorders and children and adults with intellectual disabilities; she continues to retains a longstanding special interest in Clinical Neuropsychology.
Dr. Holder has been Head of Department for Child Health Psychology at the Noah's Ark Children's Hospital for Wales and Lead Consultant Psychologist in Inherited Bleeding Disorders since March 2016. These posts have both a clinical focus and a strategic service development role including the establishing regional psychology posts in specialist areas (e.g. Endocrinology, Neonatal Intensive Care etc) and an ongoing focus to work with key professionals in developing other regional psychology specialisms.
Dr. Holder continues to be heavily involved in teaching and supervising Trainee Clinical Psychologists on the South Wales Doctoral Training Course (based at Cardiff University) for the last 10 years (specialisms including Neuropsychology, Trainee Self-Care and solution-focused consultation, working in Child Health Psychology); and has co-developed the first reflective spaces on Race and Racism on the South Wales Doctoral Training Course. Dr Holder also currently supervises final year elective trainees on one-year specialist placement in Child Health.
Dr. Holder is the co-lead for the South Wales Doctoral Training Course Professional Mentor Group and is proud to mentor both qualified and aspiring psychologists from minority ethnic backgrounds in England and Wales.
In August 2021 Dr Holder was selected from nearly 300 applicants to be part of the first Climb Wales Leadership Programme run by the Dragon's Heart Institute. Dr Holder will be one of 30 pioneers drawn from various fields from across a range of health boards in Wales to be part of a 10-month programme which combines world-leading teaching, the opportunity to build leadership practice and take a lead role in developing innovative approaches in health and care.
Over the next year Dr Holder hopes to undertake training in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and apply this to medical trauma in both adults and children. Dr Holder will also be undertaking training in Narrative Therapy.
Dr. Holder attended a Beginners Welsh Course in Nant Gwrtheyrn in February 2018.
May 2nd - May 5th 2017 Dr. Holder will be attending an introductory 4-day course on Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, an intervention model developed by Dr Dan Hughes, Clinical Psychologist, USA. This approach assists therapists and other professionals to understand and effectively support children, young people and their families.
March 16th 2017 – Dr. Holder attended the Health and Care Research Wales, Mental Capacity Act: Action in Research Conference. The day brought together researchers and other key stakeholders (including research participants) from across the UK to develop a consensus about facilitating access to health and social care research for adults with impaired capacity to consent.
March 14th 2017 – Dr. Holder attended the Hugh James Brain Injury Conference which covered diverse topics including; Court of Protection, an introduction to Neurologic Music Therapy and Pain Management in brain injury and it's impact on rehabilitation.
Feb 8th - Feb 10th – Dr. Holder attended an introductory Compassion Focussed Therapy workshop facilitated by Dr Chris Irons. Originally developed by Dr. Paul Gilbert, Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) is an evidence-based form of psychotherapy that draws upon our evolved capacity for compassion to facilitate the alleviation of human suffering.
In 2016, Dr. Holder engaged in the following professional CPD activity:
· Brief Solution Focussed Therapy for Groupwork and Supervision
· Health and Care Conference: Leading with purpose