The Bury Practice for Counselling & Psychotherapy

One-day workshop: The Search for 'Authenticity'

Professional development, events, training « One-day workshop: The Search for Authenticity

Saturday 10th June 2017, 10.00 am - 4.00 pm

The Active Business Centre, St Andrew's Street South, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3PH
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John Pollard
in association with The Bury Practice

What does it mean to be authentic?

Can authenticity be a goal of therapy or a way of being a therapist?

How does authenticity relate to concepts such as congruence, self-actualization, individuation and autonomy?

This workshop will provide an opportunity to explore in depth and develop what we mean by authenticity, how it affects the way we live, as well as how we practise as therapists.

Most of the day will consist of experiential exercises and discussion. There will also be a focused look at the existential version of authenticity, and how it relates to anxiety, death, freedom, ethics, and the concept of the self.


John Pollard is an Integrative Counsellor based in Bury St Edmunds and Cambridge and a graduate of the Philosophy department at Essex University.

In 2002 he was invited by Emmy van Deurzen to teach a course at the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling and subsequently wrote the chapter on 'Authenticity and Inauthenticity' in 'Existential Perspectives on Human Issues: A Handbook for Therapeutic Practice' (Emmy Van Deurzen and Claire Arnold-Baker, 2005). Recent publications include articles in the 'Journal for Existential Analysis' and 'Self and Society'.

This study day is intended for people with a background in psychotherapy, counselling, health and social care.

Maximum number of participants: 12.

Cost £50.00 per person (a simple buffet lunch is provided as well as hot and cold drinks)

There is some car parking at The Active Business Centre and extensive public parking nearby.

For further details and to book a place please email John Pollard ( or phone him on 07960 748726.

Professional development, events, training « One-day workshop: The Search for Authenticity