Celia Urbach BA, LLB, Dip Couns, MBACP

Celia Urbach BA, LLB, Dip Couns, MBACP

Alconbury Road
Upper Clapton
Nr Stoke Newington
E5 8RG

07957 545 258 / 07957 545 258

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Alconbury Road
Upper Clapton
Nr Stoke Newington
E5 8RG

07957 545 258 / 07957 545 258

About me

Finding the right counsellor is important.

I offer an initial session for £10 (£20 couples) where you can get a feel for who I am and how I work before deciding.  I'm also happy to speak on the phone with no obligation.

I am a BACP registered counselor with wide experience of a range of clients from very diverse backgrounds.  My Hackney-based practice is within easy reach of Stoke Newington Church Street, and Clapton, with free parking.  I offer a warm, compassionate and non-judgemental space where together we can explore what is troubling you.

Why Counselling?

Most of us have troubles and difficulties at some point in our lives. At these times we may want to turn to a trained and experienced person - unconnected to our friendship circle or family - for listening, understanding, support, and guidance.

Research shows that counselling and therapy are effective methods for alleviating depression, anxiety and distress, recovering from painful or traumatic experiences, and for promoting healing and bringing about change.

My Approach

I offer a confidential, supportive and non-judgmental space where we can look at what is troubling you. I work in an integrative way, which means I draw on different theoretical approaches, depending on your needs. I pay particular attention to the relationship between us.  I sometimes use visualization, imagination, dreams, and 'chair work', to explore deeper unconscious processes, if you are comfortable with this. I offer insights into how childhood experiences may have affected you, but equally, I offer a soul perspective, which views pain and suffering as a meaningful part of the human journey towards understanding, wisdom and self-knowledge.

I work with individuals and couples.

Couples Counselling:

I introduce you to new ways of communicating which enable you to hear each other and be heard.  I help  you to look at the history of your relationship.   The hopes and dreams you brought to it - the disappointments and losses.  Most likely you are at a transition point, which needs to be fully acknowledged and attended to.  Although this is a painful transition, it also contains the possibility of a new beginning.

My Philosophy and Values:

Times of difficulty are time of growth

Each of us will experience life crises at some point which bring havoc and confusion. I believe that these painful transitions are potentially times of growth. They can bestow wisdom and knowledge if we allow them to.

Wounding as gateway to soul

We are all wounded. Much of the time - we try to avoid or defend against it. But it is through acceptance of our woundedness, that we become enriched. Deep down, there is a longing to be connected to soul. Paradoxically - it is through touching our deep pain, that we can find that connection.

Trusting in the unfolding of things

I believe that life can be the greatest teacher. If we can allow our life to unfold, rather than attempting to control or resist it, and engage with that process with conscious awareness, we are bound to change and grow.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have had a life-long interest in personal and spiritual growth, many years of personal therapy, and participated in numerous trainings, workshops and retreats.

The first 20 years of my working life were spent as an advice and rights worker, and later as a lawyer in private practice, and in Government. In 2004 I gave up my legal career, began working as a bereavement counsellor, and training in Integrative Psychosynthesis. I currently facilitate a bereavement group in a local hospice, alongside my private practice.

Qualifications include:

Re.Vision, Centre for Integrative Psychosynthesis: Diploma in Couples work 2012
Re.Vision, Centre for Integrative Psychosynthesis: Certificate in Couples work 2011Re.Vision, Centre for Integrative Psychosynthesis: Diploma in Integrative Psychoynthesis Counselling, 2009
Re.Vision, Centre for Integrative Psychosynthesis:‘Transitions’, 2006
Open University: ‘Death and Dying’ K260, Distinction 2006
City and East London Bereavement Service: Bereavement Counselling Training 2006
Holistic Partnerships: Into the light - Working with death 2005
Befriending Network: Recognising spiritual needs in people who are dying 2005
Befriending Network: training programme 2005
Institute of Psychosynthesis: 'Fundamentals', 2005
City University: Certificate in Counselling skills and Humanistic Psychology, 1990
College of Law: Legal Practice Course, Distinction 1993
University of East London: BA Law (LLB) 2:1 1992
Warwick University: BA History and Politics 2:1 1983

Workshops and Trainings Include:
Mindfulness practice including in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh
Friends of the Western Buddhist Order and Buddhafield retreats
Family Constellations
Holotropic Breathwork
John Welwood (Journey of the Heart) for Couples
Imago Couples training
Brandon Bays ‘The Journey’ and ‘The Journey for Kids’
Tantra workshops
Landmark Education ‘Curriculum for Living’ and numerous seminars

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists in North London (ACPNL).

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I offer an initial consultation for £10 (£20 couples)

Thereafter I have a sliding scale from £40 - £65 (£65 - £85 for couples)

Maps & Directions

London, E5 8RG

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


I work weekdays and evenings and generally take breaks during school holidays.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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