John Pollard

London SE1
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John Pollard

London SE1
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About Me

I offer one-to-one psychotherapy in London Bridge/Borough. I work in a way that emphasizes collaborating with clients to develop a pathway towards making meaningful and lasting positive change and growth.

I offer a confidential and non-judgemental space for my clients to explore their needs in safety and in an environment and relationship they feel they can trust. Maintaining this space for each of my clients is a core priority. I work with my clients in this space to work towards what they hope or aim to get out of their therapy.

Your aims may be specific; for instance that you wish to work on a specific situation or setting in which you feel you are struggling; you may have a general sense that something in your life does not feel right, or you may feel you are somewhere in between these two examples. The main purpose of psychotherapy is to support you in healing and growth so that you can move towards living the life you want to live. If you feel as though I am someone you could work with then I would be very happy to hear from you.

As an Integrative Psychotherapist, I draw from different models for therapy to different extents to suit the needs of each client I see individually. For each client I see I develop a personalized therapeutic model which draws from the models I have worked with through my career. The decision on which elements of the integrative model I emphasize depends on a client’s individual needs. This makes it essential that I listen carefully to each of my clients and respect them as the expert of their own lives and histories. In short, my aim is to always to work with you rather than working at you.

The primary models of therapeutic models I draw from are Psychodynamic, Relational, Cognitive Behavioural (CBT) and Humanistic therapies. I am also influenced by Existential, Narrative and Mindfulness-based therapies. I also have a special interest in working with creative energy and do some creative work in my therapy sessions with those that are interested in taking this up. Entering into therapy is often a challenging process and often growth comes through some difficult work, but the focus of that work is to help you to approach your life with more awareness of yourself with all the benefits that can bring.

Issues I work with include but are not limited to:

Anxiety (panic attacks, social anxiety, anxiety in specific situations, generalized anxiety, worry).
Loss of meaning or purpose.
Difficulty relating to others.
Difficulty in specific relationships.
Stress (work-related or otherwise).
Obsessive thoughts.
Procrastination or creative “blocks”.
Low self-esteem or self-criticism.
Compulsive or addiction-related behavior.
Shame or feelings of guilt.
Past trauma or abuse.
Managing the impact of neurodiversity (dyslexia, ADHD, autistic spectrum disorders).
Managing the impact of chronic health conditions and chronic pain.
Negative effects of being the victim of discrimination (disability, race, sexuality, gender).
Managing intense emotions (fear, anger, rejection, and others).
Difficulties relating to a sense of personal identity or sense of self.

I see people during Monday – Friday during mornings, afternoons and evenings. Afternoon appointments are usually reserved for low-cost clients.

I offer both short-term and long-term therapy.

Fees: £60-£80 depending on the time of the session.
Concessions: Limited low-cost sessions are available during the afternoon either face-to-face or via video call or telephone sessions. These are reserved for people on low household income, students or people with multiple/severe health and mental health needs. Please contact me directly if you meet these criteria to discuss your needs.

Training, qualifications, and experience:
I am a UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy) Clinical Psychotherapist member. I have 15+ years’ experience of working in mental health and 10+ years of working as a therapist in the NHS, the charity sector, further education and private practice.
I have a special interest in using sequential art (graphic novels, comic books, zines, and comic strips) in clinical therapy and this is the focus of my current doctoral research. This is a versatile art form that can be applied to therapy in a number of different ways. I only conduct work of this sort with those that express interest in exploring it and never impose this on any of my clients.

I work with

  • Individuals

Types of Therapies Offered

  • Integrative Psychotherapist

Types of sessions

  • Face to Face - Long Term

London Office

London SE1

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UKCP College

  • Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College (HIPC)

John Pollard

London SE1

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