John Bampfield MBACP (accred.) Counsellor and Psychotherapist
Life is difficult, most of us know that. And usually, not always, most of us are able to deal with it. If for one reason or another, and there are many, you're having some difficulty dealing with life at present, counselling might help.
There's nothing new about it, and nothing mysterious about it. It's natural to talk with another person who has the time and ability to listen whole heartedly in confidence to what you have to say.
Years ago, kings and queens had counsellors, emperors and sultans had counsellors, in fact anyone who was anyone had a counsellor. Someone they trusted with confidential and personal information and feelings. Before making difficult decisions they consulted with their counsellors.
For ordinary people, (actually no one that I've ever met was 'ordinary' , so shall we say for the less wealthy), there was often a member of the family or tribe with whom they could talk openly in confidence.
People knew the importance of this with regard to their psychological and mental health and made time for it.
Unfortunately, families are no longer living in one place, and not many people have the time available, or the concentration and ability to listen intently. The tribe is now enormous, and some how, obsessed with making money. Even we, as helpers, have to make our living, but most of us are not 'profit' motivated. Helping is our motivation, and carries its own rewards. Most counsellors, including me, have been through counselling or psychotherapy themselves and know the benefits.
I'm selling 'counselling' because I can't afford to give my time and skills away. I only wish that I could.
Am I the right counsellor for you ?
If you're the sort of person who hates being told what to do, or who prefers to find their own way, or who wants someone to listen and help but not take over, then I could be.
Training, qualifications & experience
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
Dip.CYW . Higher Education Diploma in Community and Youth Work:
Cert. Ed.(F.E.) Higher Education Certificate in Further Education
Private practice: Counsellor and psychotherapist .... 16 years
Substance (mainly alcohol) misuse therapist and counsellor .... 11 years
Employee assistance counsellor ..... 5 years
Schools' pastoral services supervisor ..... 5 years
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
Person Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy.
A natural process to help alleviate emotional pain and nurture psychological health for life.
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£40.00 per meeting (one hour ).
£35.00 per meeting for nurses, paramedics and lifeguards and others working in the care sector.
£30.00 for anyone waiting for NHS counselling assessment or appointment.
£25.00 full time students and under 21year olds.
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 important.
You may be able to access free counselling through your doctor, though there might be a waiting list for this. It's worth asking.
If you're feeling desperate, for whatever reason, you might consider talking with your doctor anyway, particularly if you have one that you feel comfortable talking with.
There are some agencies who offer low priced counselling in special circumstances, so check out the Internet if you're able to, or ask at your local library or Citizens'Advice Centre.
If you don't feel desperate, I suggest that you don't wait until you are!
You are not alone in feeling how you do, otherwise, there would be no counsellors advertising on this web site.
Emotional distress and suffering are more common than most people would ever believe them to be. Most of us experience symptoms at some time in our lives. Asking for help takes courage owing to the lack of awareness about counselling within the general community , in spite of the ever increasing number of qualified counsellors, and our reluctance to admit that we ever need help.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||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 toilets for those needing wheelchair access are close by in the centre of the village.
Negotiable to suit your needs, and mine.
Types of client
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. .View supervision profile