Judith Vaughan MBACP (reg), Psychotherapeutic Counsellor
07768 374 063
I am an experienced counsellor working with a broad range of people. Some seek help with specific difficulties - anxiety, panic, depression or relationship problems; others come with concerns which are harder to define. My integrative approach working in both a GP setting and in private practice has given me extensive clinical experience and the capacity to work in an individualised manner across the range of human experience.
More often than not, it is an experience of loss, major life 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 isolation, a loss of self, a feeling of being out of step with life.
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.
If you decide to get in touch - by email or by phone - notice your response to the initial exchange. Do you feel seen and heard in a way that seems enabling? Do you think you can be yourself with this person? Can you imagine your needs being met? This first contact should feel safe, hopeful and encouraging in a way that is personal to you.
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 is my experience & approach?
A general practice in both the NHS and my private work has given me experience in helping people alleviate many troubling symptoms and understanding their underlying causes. 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.
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.
What does this work involve?
At the beginning, we will spend time getting clear about what you need and how you like to work. My website provides details about timings, costs, frequency etc.
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.
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 time we meet. 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.
I have a passion for work which involves challenges to identity following major life changes. This includes working with new mothers; people considering an adult Asperger's assessment; life changing illness; menopause; bereavement.
- Advanced Diploma Integrative Counselling; Iron Mill College, Exeter
- 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
- Carer support
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
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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First session, 90 minutes £60.
Subsequent hourly sessions £45 (£20 discount per pre-booked block of 4).
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
Type of session
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I see people on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. I offer a limited number of evening appointments.
Types of client