Jungian oriented Psychotherapy and Sandplay Therapy

Psychotherapy, Counselling and Clinical Supervision provided by Nick Judson, who holds professional qualifications that allow him to be listed on the main professional register, the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). This means that Nick Judson - Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor, meets the exacting standards and training requirements which are the conditions of becoming a member of the UKCP. and included on the Professional Standards Authority Register (www.professionalstandards.org.uk)

We are open Mondays to Fridays, 11.00am to 8.00pm, excluding bank holidays. Weekend appointments may sometimes be available in certain situations, however, this is usually only by advanced arrangement and usually in circumstances of great need, I do not offer regular appointments on a Saturday.. If you would like more information, please contact us.



Counselling is a process where clients are helped in dealing with their personal and interpersonal conflicts by a third party who is highly trained in communication and listening skills. It is a confidential dialogue between the client and the counsellor, aimed at enabling the client to cope with the stresses of life and take personal decisions about their life and well being. Counselling can be very helpful if you have experienced a recent distressing life event. Counselling tends to be shorter and less in depth than psychotherapy. This also generally applies to the training of counsellors, many very effective counsellors may have only been trained to diploma level and this can be done in as little as two years.


Psychotherapy tends to be more in depth and longer term than cou
nselling. It is often recommended where people are experiencing long standing psychological, emotional or interpersonal difficulties which may have built up over a number of years.  Psychotherapy involves exploring feelings, beliefs, thoughts and relevant events, sometimes from childhood and personal history, in a structured way with someone trained to help you do it safely. Again, this also applies to the training of psychotherapists. Generally, a psychotherapist will have trained for a minimum of four years (and in some cases, as long as seven years). There is also a requirement for psychotherapists to undergo a "training therapy", this means that they must be in their own weekly therapy for the duration of their training up to registration. This means that if you see a rained and registered psychotherapist, you can be confident that they have literally "sat in your chair" and understand from long experience what that feels like.

For more information on counselling and psychotherapy, please visit http://www.psychotherapy.org.uk/article140.html or http://www.bacp.co.uk/information/education/whatiscounselling.php


The Jungian therapy method 

Jungian therapy is a talking therapy, but there are various methods of exploration used throughout the process. These will be most successfully applied if the client-counsellor relationship is one founded on authenticity, trust and a professional collaboration of equals. The quality of this relationship ensures that clients feel comfortable opening up about their problems - providing the necessary support and security to facilitate the awareness, self-actualisation and transformation that will help them overcome difficulties that are limiting their psychological wholeness.  

Below are some of the common techniques a Jungian therapist will use. These will be tailored to the individual and their needs. 

Dream analysis 

The Jungian analysis of dreams is based on Jung's assertion that dreams are "an anticipation in the unconscious." They offer the ego information, advice, and constructive criticism of our selves in an alternate perspective - challenging our ego to consider these. Ultimately our dreams compensate any maladaptive attitudes and behaviours that are limiting our potential and it is the aim of Jungian therapist to amplify this process to help facilitate a transformation of the psyche. This may involve symbol analysis. 

Exploration of Personality Type

 Knowing your type will help you understand yourself and your behaviours. Knowing your type may also help you appreciate others’ styles and thus enable you to use differences more constructively. You will gain a greater understanding of your strengths and thus be able to look for opportunities to use those strengths for more effective functioning in work and life.Many individuals have used their understanding of their MBTI type to help them find satisfying jobs, choose academic specialisms, improve their effectiveness and satisfaction at work, and enhance their interactions and relationships with others.

Creative activities 

Other methods of Jungian therapy may include creative activities such as painting, drama, dance, sand playing, listening to music, and dream journaling. These methods of self-expression can help clients to engage with their imagination and relieve inner creative qualities that may be inhibited by moral or ethical values.  Two specific forms of Jungian Creative activity are Active Imagination and Sandplay Therapy.


“[Active imagination] is a way of attaining liberation by one’s own efforts and of finding the courage to be oneself.”

Active imagination is a powerful technique for healing and personal growth. It is also a very flexible technique and can be adapted for many different situations and individuals. According to C. G. Jung, nothing can be known until it first takes the form of a psychic image. In other words, the human psyche is like a lens through which the raw data of life passes and is given form in the shape of thoughts, ideas, feelings, sensations, or visual pictures. We do not become aware of things as they are, Jung would say, we become aware of our experience of things. 

The procedure itself is relatively simple, if not particularly easy. Here is how Jung describes the process:

“[The patient] must make himself as conscious as possible of the mood he is in, sinking himself in it without reserve and noting down on paper all the fantasies and other associations that come up. Fantasy must be allowed the freest possible play, yet not in such a manner that it leaves the orbit of its object, namely the affect, by setting off a kind of ‘chain-reaction’ association process.”

Although your therapist may initially work with you to teach you the basic process of Active Imagination, it is most effective when carried out alone, outside the session as "homework" and then discussed with your therapist in the session


Many people assume that Sandplay is a method used exclusively with children, however, long experience has shown that adults can also have a very powerful therapeutic experience working in the sand tray. 

Sandplay therapy is a psychotherapeutic tool that has its roots in the early twentieth century.  Sandplay stems from the work of a British doctor, Margaret Lowenfeld (1890-1973), who developed the “World Technique” as a means of communicating non-verbally with children in treatment. 

The late Jungian therapist, Dora M. Kalff (1904-1990), of Switzerland, under the guidance of C. G. Jung, developed what became known as “sandplay” for use in Jungian therapy. Sandplay is specifically a Jungian approach to the material.  The reason for this is that the Jungian approach to the work allows for the deepest order of psychic transformation.   The sandplay method consists of the psychotherapy client’s creation of a three-dimensional picture with miniature figures in a tray of sand in the protective presence of a trained practitioner.

The sides and bottom of the inside of the sand tray are coloured light blue.  By moving the sand aside, the blue can be used to represent areas of water in the sandy landscape.  Real water can be added to the sand to make it possible to shape and sculpt it.  Miniature figures representing all aspects of life and fantasy are arranged on shelves near the sand tray.  A wide variety of building materials out of which the client can fashion needed items is also available.

The actual creation of a sand tray is deceptively simple.  It is the profound psychological and spiritual process that underlies this simple creation of a picture in the sand that distinguishes this mode of psychotherapy from all others.  The understanding and containment of sandplay is anything but simple. 

The theoretical foundation of sandplay therapy is based on the Jungian concept that the psyche has an autonomous disposition to heal itself and to grow toward fullness.  Given the proper conditions, this natural tendency is activated.  The creation of a series of three-dimensional sandplays facilitates healing and transformation by bringing up conflicts from the unconscious in symbolic form and by allowing a healthy re-ordering of psychological contents.  Through the transformative nature of what is known as the “transcendent function,” the symbolic process of sandplay involves a re-ordering of the conscious ego to the Self, considered the central archetype in Jungian psychology. Re-ordering psychic contents to the centre of the psyche, the Self, creates a healthy and balanced individual, who lives with purpose and meaning.

Other practitioners may use a sand tray in their work, but are not trained in the Jungian method.

Adapted from  http://sandplayassociation.com/about-sandplay-therapy/

You can watch a half hour film on Sandplay Therapy here



Skype/Telephone Counselling or Therapy can be very useful for people who find visiting an office difficult. There may be a range of reasons for this, including:

  • You have an illness or disability
  • You find it difficult to travel
  • You travel a lot
  • You have  a public role which means your privacy is important
  • You live in a geographical area with no counselling or therapy service
  • You just feel that you could talk more easily over the provide telephone counselling that is adaptable to fit with your needs and lifestyle. Nick Judson is an experienced and fully accredited, registered professional, having gained experience in telephone counselling beginning more than twenty years ago whilst working on a national telephone helpline service as both a counsellor and trainer.

With the advent of webcams and video conferencing software such as Skype and FaceTime a person who for various reasons cannot access therapeutic services in their vicinity can still receive the same quality of psychotherapy in their own home. This is what Skype therapy, or online therapy entails. The person meets with a therapist, usually for 50 minutes each week online. Exactly the same type of therapy occurs online as it would if the person met with the therapist in his or her office. The difference is that the person can access treatment in a safe and comfortable way, until they have developed the resources to be able to attend sessions in person.

I have dealt with a number of clients using online therapy. If they live on the mainland UK, I asked them to make a commitment to see me in person at regular intervals as mutually agreed if the therapy is long term. For people who live outside the UK, often internationally, I make a similar agreement with them, however, the arrangement will appropriately meet their circumstances, so may for instance involve them establishing a therapeutic or similar relationship with someone within their geographical location.

If you are interested in receiving Skype/telephone counselling, please contact me, either by email or telephone


Family counselling helps you to understand and cope better with the stresses and strains of family life.

Families can be a source of support, encouragement and love but sometimes relationships within families are put under strain and family members feel isolated or overlooked.

Family counselling can help when siblings aren’t getting on, or parents and children are going through a divorce or separation. Forming a new family is a challenge and it is at this point that many parents contact a counsellor or therapist for some support to help everyone settle.


As parents, many of us have times when we have concerns about out children, sometimes these concerns can be serious. We do not always feel that we have the skills or knowledge to support our children in the way we would like to. This is when Parent Consultation can help.

In Parent Consultation, we think about, and on behalf of, the child or adolescent who is the source of concern, but is not present. The Parent Consultant will recognize the genuine difficulties you are experiencing and provide a safe and supportive environment where your child or adolescent can be thought about.


Sometimes called Relationship therapy, couples counselling or marriage counselling, provides space for couples to explore issues and find solutions to problems within their relationship, through encouraging clarity and openness.

 Couples therapy can be useful for:

  • Couples entering into a more serious commitment (ie marriage or civil partnership) who may want to      explore the meaning of  their mutual commitment.
  • Couples who are having relationship problems and want help to resolve them.
  • Couples who are facing a relationship breakup but want to try to work things out first.
  • Couples who are ending their relationship but want to end in an ok way
  • Couples experiencing sexual or emotional  intimacy issues within their relationship
  •  Individuals who want to understand why their relationships are not working or who want to change destructive patterns in order to create more satisfying relationships in the future

Sessions with an experienced relationship therapist can give couples space to talk openly about their relationships in an atmosphere that promotes communication, understanding and resolution. Relationship therapists manage this process while maintaining a neutral, non-judgemental position at all times.


Clinical Supervision consists of the practitioner meeting regularly with another professional, not necessarily more senior, but normally with training in the skills of supervision, to discuss casework and other
professional issues in a structured way. The purpose is to assist the practitioner to learn from his or her experience and progress in expertise, as well as ensure good service to the client. All national registering bodies for Counselling and Psychotherapy require registered professionals to receive Clinical Supervision. Nick is one of the few independent Approved UKCP Supervisors in the North East of England.


People from a variety of different work environments can benefit from Professional Mentoring. It is particularly useful for anyone who's work requires them to manage complex and potentially challenging communication at a variety of levels. Professional Mentoring allows the person a place to reflect on their current challenges and opportunities and take time to plan for any change they may identify.


Continuing Professional Development is becoming a requirement for all counsellors and psychotherapists. However, the workshops we offer will be of interest to many people who work to help others, or who want to progress their own development. The CPPD workshops we offer are an opportunity to -

  • Increase networking and gain collegial support
  • Receive information and guided practice to help you fine tune your professional skills
  • Feed your enthusiasm and nurture your quest for new knowledge
  • Increase your confidence in using specific techniques
  • Have an enjoyable and stimulating time in supportive company
  • Receive new knowledge in the field
  • Cascade ideas and techniques back to your workplace
A full list of current workshops on offer is on another page on this site, it can be found by going to the navigation bar at the top left of this page. For further information, or if you are uncertain whether a particular CPPD workshop is suitable for you, please contact us at: theheatonpractice@hotmail.co.uk.

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