John Jolliffe Counselling and Psychotherapy

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Counselling and Psychotherapy in Bournemouth, Dorset

Psychotherapy for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

MA, PG Dip, MBC PG Dip, PG Cert ~ UKCP (RETIRED 2014)

John Jolliffe attachment therapist is now RETIRED from all clinical work.

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Currently writing a book on my sense of what therapy is all about. Also engaging with people in regard to their experience – from professional provision, work situations & as recipients of therapy.

Writing a novel based in WWII – regarding Attachment and Loss, and the value of horses in regards to recovery from trauma.

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I also write articles on groups, stories on authentic community, and fictional comedy.

Also media investor in film production
See link to film trailer below

A senior investor in the film ‘Mad to be Normal'– showing in 2017 – which is telling the story of the unique communities at Kingsley Hall, East London, during the 1960s – founded by world-renowned Scottish psychiatrist RD Laing (whom I met – attended his groups for a year – and contributed an article on these groups in the book ‘R D Laing: Creative Destroyer’), first published in 1997). And I also worked in and co-founded what some might refer to as later versions of therapeutic communities.

Writer-director Robert Mullan produced ‘Mad to be Normal' in the first quarter of 2016 in Cologne and on location in London.

Starring David Tennant as RD Laing.
(also – Elizabeth Moss, Michael Gambon etc.)

Mad To Be Normal – trailer

In the early 1980s still finding my way in London - I undertook while working - years of voluntary (unpaid) additional work in various charities, communities and organisations - which as well as what it was in itself - fortuitously turned out to be valuable experience for my later paid work.

In the early 90s – I used to run discussion groups in London – for five years – and we had quarterly festive gatherings – around the solstices – and the Winter Solstice/Christmas gathering in December. These involved live players of music – of different kinds – ending in a meditation – and then switching to a buffet and other treats – converting into a discotheque through to the early hours of the morning. These were held in a variety of spacious accommodating venues – many provided free for us.

Later in Bournemouth – I facilitated discussion group on Facebook, which included contributors from around the world.

In my teenage years – I formed a group/band playing rock and pop music – resident band in Bournemouth Town Centre – including for the annual dance of the Bournemouth Echo.

I’ve noticed many benefits in development from such music – and changes of awareness and inner states – in particular with classical music – and in fact from any form of music really – it being a different form of communication from that of ordinary spoken language – some might say in some cases – being more pure and direct. Whilst of course listening is beneficial – and also profound – some may gain in different aspects from actually performing the music – perhaps even more so in writing one’s own music – creating one’s own song. Similar with creating one's own art, dance and the writing of poetry. Much later my interests moved into other therapeutic forms – covering meditation, yoga, tai chi, development in groups, the world of therapies that included early developmental processes (specialising in attachment) and general forms of counselling and psychotherapy – with a focus on working with trauma.

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MA in Psychotherapy and Counselling
(accredited ~ City University London)
Registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy
(registered UKCP up until 2014 – now retired).

Co-founder and later coordinator for a long stay residential Therapeutic Community – 1986-2010.

This was registered as a charity – received finance from the Housing Corporation, Social Services (via such as community mental health team referrals), and charitable organisations and businesses. This was closed in 2010 – considered to be part of needed governmental cuts – after the financial crisis.

*for a detailed explanation of my approach to brief therapy, counselling, psychotherapy and in-depth therapy ~ see


Bournemouth Therapy & website (regarding associated therapists) – is now closed and off-line.

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Some of the problems that were covered in my client work (before I retired)

I am experienced in helping clients who have difficulties with self assertion, self esteem, knowing who you are, relationships, anxiety states, and such states that might include obsessive compulsive behaviours (OCD), panic attacks, agoraphobia and phobias. I have worked with addictions, loss and depression, stress and trauma (overwhelming experiences that go beyond the realm of stress). I have also worked with borderline personality disorder and dissociative states ~ though in some instances this usually requires a more structured approach to the therapeutic provision.

As well as this, I am concerned with the various and very important issues of not knowing where one's path is in life and so on ~ which can often have a bearing in relation to some of the symptoms already described.



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I am a recognized provider with international insurance companies.

I provide supervision for therapists-in-training in placements within the NHS etc ~ covering various parts of the country.

Supervision and consultations offered for psychotherapists

Supervision and consultations provided on Attachment Theory


currently developing further applications of Attachment Theory and its human face for psychotherapy

agoraphobic, phobic, obsessional and panic states

clinical work and theoretical perspectives

clinical work and theoretical perpsectives

I am interested in new ideas and proposals for Therapeutic Communities, or any other therapeutic provisions having charitable status


Boscombe East therapy room:

John Jolliffe
'Orchards Gate'


The Counselling and Psychotherapy practice is near Christchurch and Bournemouth, and within reach of Poole in Dorset, as well as Ringwood and New Milton in Hampshire
 john.jolliffe@outlook.comPh 01202 470760 

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