John Pollard (Dip Counselling, BA Hons Philosophy, Reg Member MBACP)

John Pollard (Dip Counselling, BA Hons Philosophy, Reg Member MBACP)

28 Northgate Street
Bury St. Edmunds
IP33 1HY

Citibase Ltd
Sheraton House
Castle Park

07940 736208

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About me

I offer online therapy, via zoom, skype or facetime.

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 £55 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


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

life crisis, ethical issues, personal growth.


Individual Counselling: £55 (for a 50 minute session).

Maps & Directions

Bury St. Edmunds, IP33 1HY
Cambridge, CB3 0AX

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access: No


Bury St Edmunds: Thursdays 10am-9pm Tuesdays 4pm-9pm.

Cambridge: Mondays and Wednesdays 1pm -8.35pm.

Online Tuesdays 9am-3pm.

Types of client

Older adults