Gregor H L Lurie, MBACP (Senior Accredited) UKRCP

Gregor H L Lurie, MBACP (Senior Accredited) UKRCP

Octavia Court Gardens
St Paul's Way
Watford
Hertfordshire
WD24 4UF

01923 231743 / 07752 888477

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Octavia Court Gardens
St Paul's Way
Watford
Hertfordshire
WD24 4UF

01923 231743 / 07752 888477

About me

Welcome and about Gregor...

Is life very difficult for you right now? Are you worrying, feeling stressed and overwhelmed? Do you ache to feel more relaxed and less anxious? Are you dealing with sadness, worry, loneliness, loss of relationship? Is it hard to ask for help, and even more so when searching for a stranger to confide in and rely on?

I understand the anxiety that goes with this process for you and will do everything I can to make it as comfortable as possible. My preparation to do this work with you includes the integration and healing of personal challenges such as depression, physical-mental-emotional trauma, occupational disillusionment accompanied by existential disconnect from meaning and purpose.

Following fifteen years in International Marketing roles based in London, New York City and the Middle East, I eventually felt en-abled  to let go and change paths and commence personal therapy and re-training to prepare to serve as a counsellor and then as a psychotherapist. I am approaching my third decade in these capacities and continue to feel deeply fulfilled with the privilege and joy of  accompanying clients' healing themselves as much today as when I started this amazing journey! It has been my pleasure and privilege being with clients achieving ever deeper sense of their potential while feeling greater levels of happiness and fulfillment.

Growth and change occurs from within such a therapeutic relationship. I am told I am a warm and caring person, emphatic and down-to-earth which helps clients feel relaxed, comfortable, supported and understood.  ( Please see "Testimonials" below ) We will create a trusting therapy relationship which provides a safe, supportive, non-judgmental environment where you can fully express and explore yourself. We will also work to explore your life issues, identify new possibilities, to allow you to move forward in your life.

Essentially I can help you become more in touch with your thoughts and feelings resulting in you being better able to make decisions that help you feel more authentic, truly expressing your deepest/highest sense of self, less stressed, happier and more satisfied at the evolving sense of who it is you are most becoming.

My Approach

This mainly combines psychodynamic, person-centred and psychosynthesis schools of therapy resulting in an integrative approach. Psychosynthesis is concerned with the realisation of human potential and at the same time with the harmonisation of all elements of the personality. Methods used can include creative visualisation, free-drawing, the training of the will, physical expression, writing, dis-identification and meditation.

Integrative counselling means drawing on and blending specific types of therapy. This allows the counsellor to explore an issue from a variety of distinct theoretical perspectives and uses concepts and techniques from each. I am influenced and sustained by Anglo-American citizenship, Russian ancestory, Judeo-Christian upbringing, and Buddhist spiritual traditions, while equally comfortable working with those who do or do not have a religious faith or spiritual tradition. People of all race, gender and sexual orientation are equally warmly welcomed into my practice.

Thank you for taking time to read this far. Do feel free to give me a call if you feel I may be of help, and if you get the voicemail, please leave a brief message, I will call you back very soon.


Testimonials


"Thank you so much for all your hard and effective work, your unwavering support and constant attention. I am a much happier person." Mr.S.S.

"Thank you for all the support,warmth and goodwill, for your acceptance and being someone i could believe in with love and appreciation."  Ms.H.M.

"The standard of Gregor's work is very high indeed. I trust his professionalism and dedication to his clients."  Mrs. O.A. Clinical Supervisor

"You were a kind, neutral, listening presence who shared and understood all that I am becoming. I'm feeling so much better and have more clarity, you have been such a great help to me, thank you Gregor." Ms. F.A.

"A safe and compassionate professional." Ms. J.C.

"My sessions with Gregor have helped me through the most stressful and upsetting times of my life. I trust Gregor to be honest and sincere, he does not judge and I know that he has my best interests at heart. I am grateful to Gregor for his help and his professionalism over the years and would not hesitate to ask for his help in the future and indeed recommend him to my family and friends." Mr. S.C.

"Thank you for accompanying me on my therapeutic journey. Over the years you helped me gain better insight and understanding by listening attentively and without judgement, gently providing options and guidance, and most importantly letting the answers arise from within myself." Mrs. S.R.

"A safe and compassionate professional." Ms. J.C.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications and Accreditation:

  • Diploma in Counselling - Westminster Pastoral Foundation
  • Certificate in HIV Counselling -The Terrence Higgins Trust
  • Post-Graduate Therapeutic Diploma in Psychosynthesis - The London Institute of Psychosynthesis
  • British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy ( BACP) Senior Accredited Member
  • UK Register of Independent Counsellors and Psychotherapists, Member.


  • My Training Includes a variety of voluntary contributions:
  • Hospital chaplaincy spiritual & pastoral care team member, with attending privileges on in-patients in acute assessment wards (current)
  • Albany Trust psychosexual counselling agency, London, as administrator and counsellor
  • The Terrence Higgins Trust, HIV/AIDS buddying befriending and counselling roles
  • London and New York City  telephone help lines
  • On-going continuing professional development via study, lecture, seminar, workshops
  • Daily meditation and exercise practices
  • Clinical work with clients, my finest teachers!

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

BACP

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Additionally, I specialise working with:

- Anger management
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Anxiety
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Bereavement
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Depression
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Infancy and childhood abandonment
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Adoption issues
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HIV/AIDS
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Sexual identity and sexuality
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Lesbian and Gay affirmative practice
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Spiritual Unfolding
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Vocational and existential issues

Fees

I'm happy to negotiate fees depending on what you can afford.
Our first session will give us the opportunity to discuss your hopes and expectations and see what it would be like to work together.
Do contact me to negotiate a fee with which you will be comfortable.

As a guide most people currently pay between £50 and £65 per 50 minute session.

Charitable Donations

Gregor's therapy practice currently supports the following charities:

Cancer UK .    British Heart Foundation.     Watford Peace Hospice.     Disaster Emergency Committee.

R N L I .          Salvation Army .                   Crisis  .                                Whale & Dolphin Conservation.

Greenpeace.   Friends of the Earth .           Terrence Higgins Trust.      Mind.

Freedom from Torture   .                            Institute of Advanced Motorists .

Further information

Location / Access/ Transport - Excellent transport links, (M.1, M.25, A41) and easy car parking.
LONDON EUSTON 15 minutes express to Watford Junction. Seven Minutes walk from Watford Junction Station.

Maps & Directions

Watford, WD24 4UF

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None

Availability

Monday to Thursday 2pm to 8pm

Some Fridays available, appointments on request.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
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