Judith Vaughan MBACP (reg), Psychotherapeutic Counsellor

Judith Vaughan MBACP (reg), Psychotherapeutic Counsellor



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About me

Whether you seek help with relationships, depression, grief, anxiety or change, or your concerns are harder to define, my relational approach is supportive and enabling. I've worked with individuals and couples in both NHS settings and private practice, gaining extensive clinical experience, developing my capacity to work responsively across the range of human experience.

Feeling out of step with life
More often than not, it is an experience of loss, change or transition which throws people off balance. These events can inflame unresolved grief or trauma or simply place you way outside of your usual coping strategies. Such times can trigger thoughts, feelings and states of mind which are alarming and debilitating. This can lead to a sense of separation or isolation, a loss of self, a feeling of being out of step with life.

What is my experience?
A general practice in both the NHS and my private work has given me experience in helping people alleviate many troubling patterns and symptoms while enabling a better understanding of what lies beneath the present difficulty. What my experience has taught me is that long-term relief from mental and emotional distress comes from an holistic approach, an approach which addresses the person's full experience. It is when the focus of our work broadens beyond the mindset of symptom and cause, to offer the invitation of being met fully as a person, that's when a process of deep recovery and growth becomes possible.

Finding the right therapist

When you decide to look for help or support, the process of figuring out what you need and who to turn to can be confusing and potentially overwhelming. No matter how low you're feeling, you have every right to set your expectations high and to take time to find the therapist who is a good fit for you.

Spending time browsing a few websites will give you an idea of the way different counsellors work and who resonates with you. Listen to your gut as much as your rational enquiry.

Getting started

On my website www.judithvaughan.co.uk, under the heading 'A Few Questions', I describe the steps involved in getting started, if you decide you'd like to explore working with me.

What does therapy involve?

For the most part, you talk and I listen.  Sometimes talking isn't helpful, so we'll find other ways for you to articulate or be with your experience. This work is often described as 'talking therapy', I think 'communication therapy' is a more accurate term. Some of the most powerful work happens when we 'press pause' on the talking and the thinking and pay deeper attention to your fuller experience of being.

It is incredibly powerful and enabling to have an experience of being truly listened to. It stimulates a process of listening more carefully to yourself and to others and this is how change begins.

What’s universally helpful is being heard, realizing you are normal, recognizing you’re not alone, recovering hope.

What is my approach?
In therapy language, I summarise my approach as relational and integrative, underpinned by humanistic values. In more everyday terms, what does this mean?

'Relational' means I believe in the potency of a creative therapeutic 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 means I work flexibly, creatively and collaboratively.  There are no prescriptions and no assumptions. The relationship we develop points towards the most effective way for our work to unfold.

'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.

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 how people hold and express trauma and how experiences of loss and trauma manifest in relationships and across the generations of a family.

I work a great deal with people who are wrestling with challenges to their identity following major life changes. This includes new parents; life changing illness and ageing; menopause; bereavement; sexuality; consideration of Asperger's.

  • MBACP-accredited Post Graduate Diploma Integrative Counselling
  • NICABM Trauma Master Series
  • MBACP Registered
  • In private practice in Devon & Bristol (2014 to date)
  • Senior member of Clinical Team at ARC (www.arcaxminster.org).  An independent GP referred community counselling service (2013 to 2017).
  • 15 years commercial experience working with organisational change, team development and identity.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

My approach does not centre on symptom or cause. The key areas I support are experiences of loss, change and transition. These experiences may generate a range of symptoms or behaviours and may be made harder to cope with as a result of historic experiences of abuse, trauma, abandonment or neglect.

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  • My Practice Room


Hourly rate £50 for individual sessions; £75 for couples.

10% discount when paid monthly in advance.

Further information

My private practice is at my home in a dedicated ground floor room which is private and spacious and which people describe as both calming and creative.

Maps & Directions

Bristol, BS7
Bristol, BS6

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


I see people on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. I offer a limited number of evening appointments.

Types of client

Older adults