John Bampfield MBACP (accred.) Counsellor and Psychotherapist
What to write here is always a problem for me. How do I convince you to choose me over all the other counsellors and therapists offering their services ? What is it that you want to read here? What are you looking for in a counsellor? What do you need?
I don't have the answers to these questions.
Unless we meet, or talk on the telephone to discuss you and your needs, I can't know.
I know that you wouldn't be looking on this site unless you felt the need for help of some sort, or have someone close to you who needs help, or are a counsellor yourself and looking to see what other counsellors are writing here !
Once upon a time, back in the dark ages of 1986, I needed help. I was lucky. I got the help I needed at the time I needed it. I was so impressed and benefitted so much by my own therapy that I decided that I wanted to help others in the same way. My own therapist encouraged me and mentored me through my training. She was a wonderful woman and became a friend for over thirty years until she died. By then, I 'd been a qualified therapist for nearly twenty years myself, but I continued to learn from her life- time experience of working in this field.
I like to think that as I benefitted from this, so shall you, if you want to.
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.
Photos & videos
£40.00 per (hour) meeting.
£35.00 per meeting for nurses, paramedics and lifeguards and others working in the care sector.
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