John Pollard (Dip Counselling, BA Hons Philosophy, Reg Member MBACP)
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 £45 but I do offer some 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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
life crisis, ethical issues, personal growth.
Individual Counselling: £45 (for a 50 minute session).
Individual supervision: £60 (1 1/2 hour session).
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Bury St Edmunds: all day Tuesdays and Thursdays. Cambridge: Wednesdays 1.20pm-8.30pm
Types of client