Judith Vaughan MBACP (reg), Psychotherapeutic Counsellor
I am a relational therapist, working with individuals and couples. Be it relationship issues, depression, grief, anxiety or uncertainty, my relational approach is collaborative, supportive and enabling. I've worked in both NHS settings and private practice, gaining extensive clinical experience in working responsively across the range of human experience.
Feeling out of step with life
As often as not, it is an experience of change, loss or transition which throws people and relationships off balance. These events can inflame unresolved grief or trauma or simply place you way outside 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 and relationship.
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 a person's full experience.
It is when the focus of our work broadens beyond outcomes and the mindset of symptom and cause, towards an invitation of being met fully as a person, that's when a process of deep acceptance, change 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.
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. Whether you come alone or as a couple, my relational, collaborative approach germinates a different kind of conversation, where hurtful, repetitive patterns are illuminated and alternatives explored. 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. And as you begin to notice yourself between our sessions, with honesty and compassion, the work deepens and strengthens.
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 collaborative, 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.
For my work with couples, I trained at The Centre for Relational Couples Therapy in Stroud.
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
- Centre for Relational Couples Therapy - 'Working with Couples' core training
- 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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Compassion-Focused Therapy
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
- Gestalt therapy
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For individual work £50 per 50 minute session
For couples work £75 per 50 minute session
Payment for sessions is due monthly, in advance, unless otherwise agreed.
I offer a 'no obligation' assessment session which is only chargeable if we commit to ongoing work.
My private practice is at my home in BS7 in a dedicated ground floor room which is private and spacious and which people describe as both calming and creative.
In some circumstances, I can come to your home for sessions. Please enquire if this is of interest.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I see people on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. I offer some evening appointments.
Types of client