I offer online therapy, via zoom, skype or facetime. I also offer face to face appointments at my office in Bury St Edmunds. I am currently not working face to face at my Cambridge office, althought this is under constant review.
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 you to 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 and Cambridge town centres (both venues have 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: www.johnpollardcounselling.co.uk
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 (http://www.bacpregister.org.uk). 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.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
life crisis, ethical issues, personal growth.
£60.00 per session
Concessions offered for
Individual Counselling: £60 (for a 50 minute session).
Bury St Edmunds: In person. Sessions Monday to Thursday 9am-8pm
Online: Monday to Thursday 9am-8pm