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Vaughan Pietersen, BACP

Stress, Anxiety Trauma and abuse Anger management Self esteem Depression
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About me

Welcome to Social Dynamics; Counselling for Confidence and Esteem.

My name is Vaughan and since 2015 I have helped countless individuals increase confidence and self-esteem by, releasing trauma, reducing the symptoms of anxiety and depression, developing a better understanding of social dynamics and learning to be more present.

Perhaps you are facing challenging life events, work stress or relationship ending, feeling anxious, depressed or struggling with low self-esteem. You may feel held back from accessing the life you want, 'stuck' with an unhelpful way of thinking or limiting beliefs and behaviours that keep you from reaching your goals. Life is too short to be unhappy, unsure and unfulfilled. Let me help you gain a new perspective and learn effective techniques to handle the obstacles that are standing in the way of your success.

Empower yourself, get in touch today to see how I can help you.


While I have experience in a wide range of presenting issues, I am particularly adept in;

Anger management
Confidence and self-esteem
Relationship issues

My Approach

I offer a private and confidential service.

My practice is aimed at building confidence and self-esteem, while reducing the symptoms of trauma, anxiety and depression. I strive to empower my clients through an increased understanding of social dynamics, developing their intuition and expanding their awareness of self, so they may be more present and create more rewarding relationships and lives.

Professional Registration

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP). I work closely to the BACP's Ethical Framework to ensure the quality of my service and promote best practice and professional credibility.

Professional experience

7yrs in practice

Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Relationship issues, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Guilt and Shame, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Isolation/Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Midlife Crisis, Mood Disorders, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Personality Disorders, Post-traumatic Stress, Self-Love, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Workplace Issues

Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-Focused Therapy


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Vaughan Pietersen. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Very good therapist. I would definitely recommend Vaughan.
He was able to change my view on things and myself for the better. I’m so grateful for that.

Written on Oct 26, 2022 after therapy with Vaughan for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, and adhd

Vaughan is a true professional and really helped me get through a rough time in my life. He offered me a space to express myself and my thoughts about the world, and appropriately offered me suggestions about reframing certain beliefs and values I carry.

Written on Oct 17, 2022 after therapy with Vaughan for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, self esteem, anger management, and adhd

Vaughan is extremely kind, caring and empathetic. I am a mental health practitioner and I feel that professionally Vaughan is clinical and professional with a humanistic approach. I have tried therapy before and not have been able to build a therapeutic professional relationship in the past however due to Vaughan’s professionalism and approach I have been able to commence in my recovery with the therapy that he has provided.

Written on Sep 10, 2022 after therapy with Vaughan for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, and adhd

Vaughan is a legend. So helpful, understanding, caring, empathetic. Really appreciate his help

Written on Jul 21, 2022 after therapy with Vaughan for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, self esteem, and career difficulties

Amazing therapist would recommend to anyone

Written on Jul 08, 2022 after therapy with Vaughan for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, and bipolar disorder

Vaughan understands me very well. Seeing that we came from a similar back ground. I can’t wait to speak with him next. I’ve never done therapy before, so just being able to speak with someone that’s has similar issues, means a lot.

Written on Jun 13, 2022 after therapy with Vaughan for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, parenting issues, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching