Julia (Jules) Vaughan Smith
Having been a coaching and therapy practitioner for many years, I now write about trauma informed living and healing from trauma to release our vitality and energy for creative action.
in the last 12 years I have been involved with the area of Identity orientated Psyche-Trauma, through doing my own work, learning how to facilitate the therapeutic process, and then using that in my client work as a trauma psychotherapy practitioner, supervisor and executive coach.
Before becoming involved with this work I completed a facilitator's training in family constellations with Vivian Broughton and Albrect Mahr, and have also been involved in systemic constellations. This offered me much insight into family and multi-generational dynamics. As part of that I co-facilitated some workshops on step-family dynamics, which also gave me an understanding of the deep unconscious systems at play and a writing project that sits unfinished.
In the past, I have had a varied career as a nurse, education and training policy strategist for the NHS, organisation consultant in health care, leadership and group process consultant, provider of leadership development programmes, small and large group facilitation, and ILM accredited provider of Executive and Management Coaching qualification training. For the last 20 years I was a psychotherapist, an Executive Coach and Supervisor. I have been able to work with a very wide range of people, in many different settings facing similar and very different personal, work and organisational challenges.
I live by the sea in East Devon, and am fortunate to be surrounded by beautiful scenery. I value my husband, friends, colleagues and family greatly.
"Working with Jules is always enjoyable as well as instructive. Her wisdom is invaluable and I am certain that without her support my practice would be significantly impoverished. . She has a depth of insight which I have been unable to find anywhere else and she manages to share this by some magical osmosis which has allowed me to develop my understanding without ever noticing that I was being taught. I (and my clients) owe her a great deal."
"I have always found Jules to be a careful, safe, responsive, thoughtful, observant, kind, and balanced psychotherapist. I've been privileged to be able to turn to her for support when this has been needed''.
"I relish my supervision sessions with Julia. Our time together feels like one part therapy, one part coach masterclass as it attends to both my personal growth and my professional development as an executive coach. Julia is wise, knowledgeable and knowing, super experienced and quietly authoritative - and she manages to hold all of this extremely lightly as she helps me navigate the opportunities and challenges I face in my own practice."