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Counsellor and Trauma Therapist

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Dr Joy Bampton

How to choose a therapist:

The relationship you have with your therapist is of prime importance. In fact, research has shown that the biggest factor in determining a successful outcome from therapy is the quality of the relationship between the therapist and the client. So I’d recommend shopping around a little until you find one that feels right for you. Trust your instincts.

Making contact:

It can take courage to admit that we have a problem, and even more to take the step of doing something about it. You can make contact with me by email, with a phone call or by text. We then arrange a time to meet. I have appointments on weekdays and evenings.

First session:

This is our chance to meet and find out whether we can work together. We will discuss your previous experiences of any therapy, and what you hope achieve through therapy. As a part of this discussion I will be finding out more about your earlier life experiences as well as something about you life now, including people who are significant to you. And, of course, it will be your opportunity to find out something more about me!

This session generally lasts about 40 minutes and is free. There is absolutely no obligation upon you to make a decision about whether to commit to therapy – this is an important decision, and you may well need to take time to consider whether you want to continue with me.


My practice is mainly in Porlock, 6 miles west of Minehead in West Somerset. A ground floor room is available and there is off-street parking. I do have some limited availability in Minehead.


My fee for therapy, whether individual or couples is £45 per hour.  Some EMDR sessions last up to 90 minutes, by arrangement, and are payable on a pro-rata basis. I do have a few concessionary spaces. If you need to cancel your session please allow 24 hours notice, otherwise the cost of the session will be charged.


What you tell me is confidential, and I adhere to the BACP ethical framework. There are a few legal exceptions to this confidentiality, which are outlined in the link.