Judith Vaughan MBACP (reg), Therapeutic Counsellor
07768 374 063
It's not easy asking a stranger for help, I recognise the significance of taking this first step. Our initial contact and our first meeting are without obligation but are just as important as any subsequent therapy session. It's your chance to decide if we're a good fit, to gauge if you feel seen and heard in a way that will enable you to get the most from our work.
I am a qualified and experienced therapeutic counsellor. Alongside my private practice, I work on the community counselling team for a large GP practice in East Devon. I offer both short and long term therapy to adults from all backgrounds.
My approach is relational and integrative, underpinned by humanistic values.
'Relational' means I believe in the positive potency of a relationship which is compassionate, honest, attuned and involved.
'Integrative' means I combine an understanding of developmental psychology with methods and ideas from different but compatible psychotherapeutic models. This affords a flexibility which serves the true variety of the human experience, enabling us to work creatively, responsively and effectively.
'Humanistic' expresses my commitment to the inherent wholeness of every person, so I explore challenges and struggles as a natural part of being human; I don’t see labels and disorders as the starting point of the conversation.
What Can I Offer?
I aim to be flexible, drawing on my capacity to respond to you as an individual and to support your needs as they emerge. I believe you are ultimately your own best counsel; by allowing the relationship we create to summon your innate potential, you'll find the insights, answers and direction you need.
I have worked successfully with a wide range of people who bring a real variety of experiences. Everyone defines their difficulties differently and will find different approaches effective, but there is something universal about the felt response to an honest, compassionate, challenging and enabling environment and I believe that is what I offer.
I have profound confidence in counselling and have witnessed remarkable transformations. But I can’t over emphasize the importance of ‘a good fit,’ because it’s the relationship that enables therapy to work.
During our sessions, we might work on things that trouble you from your past, or dilemmas that overwhelm you in your present or worries that create anxiety about your future. Often, all three get woven together, providing insights into your patterns and the way your life story has shaped you. These insights provide an invitation for change and acceptance that presents you with new possibilities.
In counselling, it’s your time. You’re free to discuss your experience without apology or shame. Our work adapts to provide what’s needed each week. Sometimes you might welcome a problem-solving approach, other times you’ll need simply to express your feelings, to explore connections or find meaning. What’s universally helpful is being heard, realizing you are normal, recognizing you’re not alone, recovering hope.
Training, qualifications & experience
My core training is integrative and draws on humanistic, psychodynamic and behavioural models. My supplementary training focuses on deepening my understanding of the role of relationship in the process of healing and personal development. I am particularly interested in somatic work, how the body holds and expresses trauma and enables change and how experiences of loss and trauma can ripple through the generations of a family.
- Advanced Diploma Integrative Counselling; Iron Mill College, Exeter
- MBACP Registered
- Member of Clinical Team at ARC (www.arcaxminster.org). An independent community counselling service, providing open-ended, affordable counselling in support of experiences of loss, life change and transition.
- 15 years commercial experience working with organisational change, team development and identity.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Carer support
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
An initial assessment meeting costs £15.
Regular hourly sessions cost £40.
Outdoor work is priced individually and by agreement.
My private practice is at my home in a calm and welcoming rural setting. As someone who draws great inspiration, pleasure and succour from the outdoors, I am enthusiastic about the therapeutic benefits of working in nature. I offer walking therapy and use the outdoor space of my practice whenever appropriate.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|