John Pollard (Dip Counselling, BA Hons Philosophy, Reg Member MBACP)
Bury St. Edmunds
I work in Bury St. Edmunds and Cambridge and have been counselling since 1996. I offer a welcoming, safe, and positive space to explore issues, gain clarity and insight, and ideas on how to move forwards.
While I have helped a variety of individuals with a variety of problems my work does suit people who are naturally questioning and curious about themselves and others.
Anyone of us can experience problematic feelings and distressing thoughts. All of us can feel bad about ourselves and lose confidence. Sometimes this interferes with our everyday life to the extent that we might benefit from some professional support.
I believe that problems, such as depression and anxiety, can develop for all sorts of reasons, including a difficult childhood, relationship problems and endings, illness and bereavement, and other significant changes and traumatic events. Problems can also arise seemingly ‘out of the blue’. Sometimes being a sensitive and questioning individual can mean one is vulnerable to emotional and psychological difficulties.
I always work in a way that respects an individual's values and beliefs. While I encourage people to take the lead in therapy I would describe myself as actively involved in the counselling process, working alongside people and always in reference to their own goals and understanding of themselves.
I work in a integrative way, which utilises different ideas from different approaches and I am particularly interested in existential philosophy.
I believe that empathy and acceptance helps people to be more open. I do not put pressure on others to do, say, or be, anything. My expertise is in helping individuals find and create their own ways forward.
Please get in touch (by phone or email) for a chat if you would like to find out more or to arrange an initial session.
I also offer supervision to counsellors and psychotherapists.
I work in the centres of Bury St. Edmunds and Cambridge.
My normal fee is £40 but I do offer some sessions at a reduced rate for people who cannot afford this. This is open to negotiation and done on a basis of trust. Please mention this during your initial contact if it applies.
As well as specialising in individual therapy from an integrative existential perspective I am also available to facilitate workshops on subjects relating to existential therapy.
I present an Introduction to Existential Therapy one day workshop and am available to travel to deliver this, and other related workshops, or talks.
Training, qualifications & experience
I qualified as an Integrative Counsellor in 1996 after completing a Philosophy Degree in 1993. I completed a Certificate in Supervision course in 2012.
I am on the BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (http://www.bacpregister.org.uk). This register of therapists meets the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.
I have also taught short courses and workshops on Existential Therapy and written a chapter on the concepts of ‘Authenticity and Inauthenticity’ for a handbook on Existential Therapy.
I continue to write on subjects related to therapy, generally from an existential perspective (upcoming article in 'Self and Society' journal). I am an Associate Facilitator for Person-Centred Workshops (http://www.person-centredworkshops.co.uk) where I facilitate the 'Introduction to Existential Therapy workshop'.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
Other areas of counselling I deal with
life crisis, ethical issues, personal growth.
Individual Counselling: £40 (for a 50 minute session).
Individual supervision: £60 (1 1/2 hour session).
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Bury St Edmunds: various times. Cambridge: currently Wednesdays afternoon and evenings
Types of client