What are your fees?
The cost of a 60 minute session is £50.
Sessions are paid for weekly, in advance. If you prefer to pay monthly in advance, I offer a discount of £20 per block of four.
How do we start?
If you’d like to discuss working together, please call, email or text me. In my experience, talking on the phone or exchanging emails is often sufficient to decide whether to make a start. And for us jointly to get a feel for whether we’re a good fit. Sometimes a brief meeting is useful to enable the decision. At this exploratory phase, feel free to ask for what you need to build confidence in your next step. There is no cost or obligation at this stage.
If we decide we're a good fit, the next step is to book an initial session. In this initial session, we will begin to describe and frame what you need from this work. We will also agree terms, framework and boundaries.
Whether or not you decide to commit to ongoing sessions, I believe you will find this initial meeting valuable. Indeed, I’m often told these first meetings are both clarifying and motivating. For some, it’s all that’s needed.
How long will it take and how often do I come?
Following an initial session, most people continue by booking between 4 and 6 weekly sessions. Sometimes, it is helpful to meet more frequently to begin with. For others, fortnightly meetings are preferable. I don’t recommend longer regular intervals, unless we are working towards the ending of our work.
In these early sessions we’ll decide whether we’re planning for brief, medium or longer term work. We will have regular reviews.
Where do you work?
From a private, ground floor, dedicated room in Bishopston, BS7. It’s a generous and comfortable space. People describe it as having a calm, creative feel.
Parking is unrestricted and easily available. The bus routes of Gloucester Road and Ashley Down Road both have nearby stops.
What kind of therapy do you do?
More important than my theoretical approach are the principles of my practice. I am Humanistic which means I explore challenges and struggles as a natural part of being human; I don’t see disorders or diagnosis as the starting point of the conversation. I am Relational which means I believe in the enabling potential of a relationship which is compassionate, honest, attuned and involved and I consider relationship as the fertile ground for all therapeutic work.
As for the theory, I trained as an Integrative Counsellor. This means I combine an understanding of developmental psychology & philosophy (both Eastern & Western models) with methods and ideas from different but compatible psychotherapeutic schools. I take this approach because I believe it offers a flexibility which best serves the true variety of the human experience. If it interests you to check out the theory, I can tell you that I draw from the following schools: Existential; Gestalt; Interpersonal Neurobiology; Jungian; Psychosynthesis.
What’s the difference between psychotherapy and counselling?
Counselling often refers to work which relates to an event - loss, relationship breakdown, major life transitions. Counselling is also used to support a desired change in unhelpful habits or behaviours. Psychotherapy is more likely to describe work which relates to psychological development, historic experiences of loss or trauma or difficulties in being which are experienced as persistent, obsessive or chronic. Within both disciplines there are varied approaches.
In my experience it’s rarely helpful to place people’s needs in one camp or the other. So after training as a counsellor, I continued my professional development in psychotherapy. Your developmental experience will invariably colour your response to your situation, so I find a flexible, adaptable approach suits most people best. Hence the rather clunky description ‘psychotherapeutic counsellor’.
There are people whose particular needs are better served by a specialist therapist. If so, I will identify this and do my best to signpost suitable options. I will only ever work within my competence and at a depth and pace that suits you.
Are you qualified?
I hold a BACP-accredited post-graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling.
Each year since qualifying, I have deepened and broadened my capacity in counselling and psychotherapy, through continued training, mentoring and self-directed learning. Experience is what matters most, but I won’t allow experience to become a byword for routine. I read widely, allowing many fields to inform and challenge me. I keep up with established and new ideas and practices in psychotherapy, neuroscience and cognitive health.
What experience do you have?
I work with adults of all ages. Before moving to Bristol, I worked as a senior member of the clinical team at ARC, a ground-breaking GP-referred community counselling service in East Devon. In this GP setting, I gained both depth and breadth of experience. Alongside my NHS work, I built my private practice.
In Bristol, I work in private practice.
Prior to training as a therapist, I worked for many years in business, helping companies with projects of growth and potential. I was a company director, then business owner. I’ve worked with international companies, charities and small businesses, where I learned a great deal about identity, relationships and growth.
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Judith Vaughan, psychotherapeutic counselling in Bristol, BS7, BS6 and BS9. Experienced counsellor.
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