I also present an Introduction to Existential Therapy one day workshop and am available to travel to deliver this, and other related workshops, or talks.


Existential Philosophy and Therapy are popular amongst practitioners from diverse therapeutic orientations, partly due to their broad theories on fundamental human concerns such as freedom, responsibility, meaning, relationships and death.


In the introductory workshop you will find out about the philosophy (particularly the work of Heidegger in 'Being and Time', and Sartre) and how therapists have used the philosophy (particularly the work of Yalom, van Deurzen and Spinelli). The workshop will provide a range of learning  experiences, including small experiential group work, presentations, and discussions.


For further details please contact John Pollard at  jpollardtherapy@yahoo.co.uk  or on 07960 748726


(Quotes from previous participants)


"A thoroughly enjoyable and enlightening introduction to existential therapy, and to the philosophical origins. (Phil)


"The introduction to Existentialism Workshop gave a thorough and coherent overview of the philosophies and ideas which have formed and influenced Existentialism. I found it really interesting and it has given me an added dimension to my work." (Susie Burnby)


"A really interesting and enlightening introduction to Existential Theory. A good taster of a vast subject." (Tom)


"For me this workshop became an invitation to challenge and explore my fundamental belief system. The exercises John introduced have extended beyond the day." (Jane)


"The change in practice will defintely start with myself." (Clare)


"Very thought provoking. Will stimulate you to reflect on your personal values and philosophy of life and how this relates to who you are as a therapist." (Lawrence)



Art, Heritage, Wellbeing Workshops


I have created and facilitated a number of different workshops in both mainstream and mental health settings. Themes for workshops can be related to art, heritage and history, museums, and emotional and psychological wellbeing.


I am also a practicing artist, focusing on painting and photography.


Heritage and Wellbeing Work


During my three year mental health heritage project at Colchester and Ipswich Museums I delivered workforce training on mental health awareness and I was also an advisor on a national project looking at the connection between heritage and wellbeing.


I also conducted questionnaires with both museum employees and mental health service users and produced written reports on the findings. These looked at attitudes towards mental health, museums and ideas on improving access.


I am happy to consider ideas for projects on a freelance basis.