John Pollard

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(Dip Counselling, BA Hons Philosophy, Reg Member MBACP)
Available for new clients
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This professional is available for new clients.

Bury St. Edmunds IP33 & Cambridge CB3
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I offer face to face appointments at my office in Bury St Edmunds and online via Zoom.  As well as my private practice I also work as a staff counsellor and wellbeing workshop leader for Anglia Ruskin University.

I offer both short-term focused therapy and a longer-term approach. I see my way of working as being in collaboration with you, as well as focusing on your own unique individuality.

I believe that empathy and acceptance will help a person be more open and am committed to creating a welcoming, safe, and positive space to explore issues, gain clarity, insight, and understanding, as well as ideas and support in moving forwards.

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.

I have been counselling since 1996 and work in Bury St. Edmunds town centre (with parking onsite).

While I have wide ranging experience in terms of clients and their varying individual issues my approach does suit people who are naturally questioning and curious, about themselves and others.

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 see mental wellbeing on a continuum: anyone of us can experience problematic feelings and distressing thoughts and all of us can feel bad about ourselves and lose confidence. Therapy can help people feeling overwhelmed in a crisis and also people who have started to question meaning in their life and feel stuck in a rut. Sometimes people seek therapy who are coping well but are looking for support in their journey of personal growth.

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 also interested in existential philosophy and therapy, an area in which I have taught and published.

Please get in touch (by phone or email) if you would like to find out more or to arrange an initial session.

My normal fee is £60 but I do offer a limited number of 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.

There is additional information on my website:

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 ( 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.

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

life crisis, ethical issues, personal growth.


£60.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Individual Counselling: £60 (for a 50 minute session).

Reduced fees for those on low income.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Bury St Edmunds in person sessions: Monday, Wednesdays, Thursdays 8.30am -8pm

Online: Monday, Wednesdays and Thursdays 8.30am-8pm

28 Northgate Street, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 1HY

Cambridge, CB3

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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My office is up one flight of stairs. Free car park onsite

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John Pollard
John Pollard