John Sapsford (UDip, BSc (Hons), MA, MSc, MBACP)

John Sapsford (UDip, BSc (Hons), MA, MSc, MBACP)


Welwyn Garden City

07478 425151

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Welwyn Garden City

07478 425151

About me

I am a fully qualified counsellor/psychotherapist and a registered member of the BACP (the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy). I have many years of experience in providing pastoral care and I have worked with people from a wide variety of social and cultural backgrounds, men and women, young, middle aged and those who are older. I provide counselling services in Chatteris in Cambridgeshire and in Kings Walden, Radlett and Welwyn Garden City in the Hertfordshire area

Why counselling?

People come to counselling for all sorts of reasons, perhaps there is something that you need to talk over in a confidential, non-judgemental, supportive setting, perhaps a recent event has disturbed you, there may have been a loss of some kind or perhaps you feel that there is more deep seated issue that you would like to explore.

How does counselling help?

Counselling and psychotherapy can help you explore and understand your feelings and make sense of what is happening to you. Sometimes gaining this sense of clarity is enough.

If you have lost someone or some important part of your life it will be important to explore and express your feelings of loss so that the work of mourning can begin and eventually you can move on.

Sometimes people  find themselves repeating the same distressing pattern of behaviour but are unable to change. The cause of this often lies in the past.  Working together we can develop an understanding of the repeated behaviours and build a foundation for change.  To do this involves talking about difficult, painful feelings and initially, you may feel worse in some ways, before you start to feel better.

All of this work leads to a fuller more integrated sense of self, to greatly reduced distress and a greater sense of being able to cope.

What I provide

I provide both short-term counselling and longer term psychotherapy. Sessions are supportive, non-judgemental and confidential.  They last for 50 minutes and are weekly, usually at the same time and outside of normal working hours. I am available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings (5.30-9.00pm) in Welwyn Garden City (AL7), Radlett  (AL2) and Kings Walden (SG4) (Hertfordshire) and Friday evenings (5.30-9.00pm) and Weekends in Chatteris (PE16, Cambridgeshire).  There is off-road parking and wheelchair access at all locations.

What to expect

I provide a free 30 minute telephone consultation in which we can explore your concerns. Then
in the first session we will explore your needs, whether we can work effectively together and plan the duration and type of the counselling and timing of reviews.

Training, qualifications & experience

My qualifications and training

MA Contemporary and Therapeutic Counselling from the University of Hertfordshire,
BSc (Hons) in Psychology
University Diploma in Counselling.
I am a registered member of the BACP.

I also have training in Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Transactional Analysis and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy from the Hertfordshire Recovery and Integration, Training and Education service.

My experience

I have experience working with a variety of issues including: anxiety, depression, ageing and ill-health, Boarding School Syndrome, loss of purpose, loss and bereavement, relationship and infidelity, disability, carer's issues, confidence and self esteem, masculinity and men’s issues, identity and meaning.

In addition to my private practice I have worked as a counsellor/psychotherapist for Inclusion - the addiction agency, Lifecraft -a mental health agency and MIND in Mid-Herts.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Boarding School Syndrome, anxiety, relationship issues, generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder, addiction(s), depression, family issues, phobias, affairs and betrayals, bipolar disorder/manic depression, separation and divorce, postnatal depression, cross cultural relationships, abuse, bereavement, anger management, personality disorders, alcoholism, attachment disorder, emotional abuse, gambling, abortion, drug abuse, binge-eating disorder, low self esteem, Asperger's syndrome, internet addiction, physical abuse, low self-confidence, stress


£55 for a 50-minute session.
£60 for couples
Some discounted spaces available depending on circumstances

Further information

Off-road parking and wheelchair access is available in both locations.

Maps & Directions

Chatteris, PE16
Welwyn Garden City, AL7

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Sessions are outside normal working hours. Welwyn Garden City (AL7)/ Radlett/ KIngs Walden (SG4): Monday - Thursday 5.30-9.00 Chatteris (PE16): Friday 5.30-9.00, Saturday and Sunday

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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