John Bampfield MBACP (accred.)

John Bampfield MBACP (accred.)

2 The Mowhay
Vosporth Hill
Crantock Village

01637 830743

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About me

I'm a Person- Centred Counsellor, qualified, and accredited by the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. (BACP)

Since qualifying I've worked with people who were having difficulties of various kinds, including alcohol or drugs misuse, bereavement, anxiety, divorce, relationship problems, eating disorders, work related stress, chronic illness and trauma. My approach to counselling is consistent in that it is Client-Centred and Humanistic. I'm experienced in other ways of working but prefer to stay with what I believe to be the singularly most effective and lasting way of helping other people with their difficulties, whatever they might be.

You'll find a list of my qualifications and more detailed professional experience below.

But added to this is my personal experience of life, for which I have no diploma, but I feel helps me in my work considerably.

I'm male, married, and, I like to think, mature.

You would visit me in my home, a detached house in the village of Crantock, near to Newquay, in Cornwall, where you could talk with me privately, assured of complete confidentiality.

Meetings last one hour usually, and are paid for by you as you go. There is no limit to the number of meetings you may have, or even just one if you wish. You won't be asked to sign up to a pre-allocated number of sessions.

You'd pay £35.00 per hour at present though I shall be increasing this to £40.00 in April.

Ideally we would talk on the telephone, or e.mail, before arriving, about any special needs you might have, or concerns, that I need to be aware of to enable you to work safely with me.

Training, qualifications & experience

Counselling Qualifications:

Accreditation with The British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists

Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (CPCAB) November 2001

Certificate in Counselling (University of Exeter) October 2000

Counselling Skills in The Development of Learning June 1992

Other qualifications include:

Dip.CYW . Higher Education Diploma in Community and Youth Work:

Cert. Ed.(F.E.) Higher Education Certificate in Further Education

Professional Experience:

Substance misuse therapist and counsellor   11 years

Employee assistance programme counsellor 5 years

Schools' pastoral services supervisor   5 years

Private practice counsellor 15 years

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Areas of counselling I deal with

Person Centred Counselling usually helps to alleviate emotional and psychological pain and stress, and reduce anxiety, whatever the cause. It may also improve self confidence, and self esteem. Person Centred Counselling also enables clients to become more self aware, self directing, more decisive and assertive.

It is a natural process that empowers clients to make their own choices in life.

If you wished to find out more about Person Centred Counselling before contacting me I suggest that you read Carl Rogers' 'Client Centred Therapy', and/or 'On Becoming a Person'.

Available at most public libraries and in most good book shops.

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£35.00 per (hour) meeting.

Cancellations, except emergencies of course, need to be made at least a day before. This gives me time to re-organise my time.

If I have to cancel for any reason, I shall give you as much notice as I'm able to, as I feel that your time, and mine, are equally

Further information

You might be able to access free counselling through your doctor, though there might be a waiting list for this.

If you're feeling desperate, or even suicidal, for whatever reason, you might consider talking with your doctor anyway, particularly if you have one that you feel comfortable talking with, and one who listens attentively.

Not everyone is comfortable talking about personal issues with their G.P. though, and not all G.P.s have the time needed unfortunately, but there are other options available, private counselling being one of them for those who can afford it.

For those who can't, there are some agencies who offer low priced counselling in special circumstances, so check out the web if you're able to. Don't suffer in silence, often special arrangements can be made if issues are openly discussed honestly.

And if you don't feel desperate, I suggest that you don't wait until you do! You don't have to be chronically ill, or psychotic ( mad) , to qualify as a client for counselling. Being uncomfortable with how you are in some way, or confused about what you're doing and why you're doing it, or suffering from any emotional pain, lack of motivation, continuing low mood or unhappiness, is more than enough.

You are not alone in feeling how you do, otherwise, there would be no counsellors on this site. There would be no need for us.

Maps & Directions

Crantock Village, TR8 5RQ

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Yes

If you're in a wheel chair I do have a studio room available with car/van access right to the door. There is a bus stop near to my house, and disabled toilets close by in the centre of the village.


Week days, 9.00 a.m. till 5.00 p.m. Some evening and week end appointments are available if you are unable to attend during the week days

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Supervision & training

As an experienced counsellor and therapist, I  offer client-centred independent and confidential supervision to other counsellors, and therapists; student level, or more experienced, and to anyone who works in a care giving or pastoral support role, as in schools and colleges, universities, hospices or any other organisation where the psychological well being of practitioners themselves, which is essential, is valued. .

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