About the therapy process
Therapy is a process of bringing compassionate attention to your relational experience. It is from the relational perspective that we can explore what goes on within you and between you and others. It is from this place that change can germinate.
As your sense begins to clarify, of how you relate to the world, it tilts and opens the lens on the wider realm of your relationships - with others, with life. And with the experiences that are challenging you.
When you’re here, you don’t have to maintain a front or protect others' feelings. Freed of judgements and assumptions, you can let yourself be seen, heard and understood.
My approach as a counsellor is attentive, attuned and committed to your growth. This can be nourishing in itself. My job is both to let myself into your experience and keep my self out of it. I will do my best not to hinder our work with preconceptions, unbidden advice or opinion. I will be curious, honest and involved.
The contact we jointly develop becomes the crucible for our work together. Each time we meet, the work evolves in a way which is personal, not prescriptive.
Sometimes you might bring a problem or dilemma. Other times you’ll need to express or understand feelings. You may be curious to explore habits of thought, patterns of behaviour or how you find meaning. You might want to clarify your values and aspirations or figure out new ways of dealing with life's challenges. You’ll probably talk about the people who have shaped you, how you imagine you’ve shaped them. Often you’ll simply need to be witnessed, heard and valued.
Sometimes talking isn’t helpful so we’ll find other ways for you to find and express your voice. Therapy is serious work, sometimes difficult, often creative and, at times, suprisingly light-hearted.
It is extraordinary what can begin to happen when you are truly listened to.
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Judith Vaughan, counselling and psychotherapy for individuals and couples in Bristol, BS6, BS7. Experienced counsellor. Experienced relationship therapist.
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