Isobel Urquhart MA

Isobel Urquhart MA


07809 831523 / 07809 831523

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About me

I trained with the Cambridge Society for Psychotherapy (UKCP Registered) and graduated in 2003. During my training I had three years working with Cambridge University Counselling Service and until 2015 was employed as a psychotherapist for the students and staff at Homerton College, Cambridge University. I maintain a private practice in Harlow.

I aim to work in a friendly informal manner and establish a good confidential rapport in which to talk about painful problems and feelings. My training is psychodynamic with an emphasis on psychoanalytic approaches. This means the therapy work includes thinking and talking together about the way in which our past feelings and experiences, not all of them conscious, influence our present ways of thinking and feeling and our relationships and work.
My background is in education and I have extensive experience of working with children and young people with emotional difficulties in school and I supervise counsellors working in schools.

Training, qualifications & experience

In addition to my psychotherapy training with Cambridge Society for Psychotherapy, I am also a qualified teacher and have over 20 years' experience of teaching in secondary schools, including 15 years working with children with learning difficulties. Later, I was a trainer of teachers of primary and middle school aged children at Homerton College, and a lecturer in educational psychology with the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge until I retired from teaching in 2008 to pursue my psychotherapy work. I have a Masters in Education where my thesis was on using story making as a therapeutic method for young people. My most recent publication was an article in "Asylum"  on an art installation by Pedro Reyes called Sanatorium, which examined the role of therapy in society.

My work as an educationalist has taken me to South Asia: India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, as well as Hong Kong, and Ghana. This has given me a broad experience of different cultures which has had a profound impact on my therapy work with clients with different ethnicities and cultural backgrounds.

I have a particular interest in the relationship between counselling and psychotherapy, and political activism. I am a member of the Free Psychotherapy Network, and the Psychosocial Studies Association and I belong to the Psychotherapists and Counsellors Union (PCU)

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My fees are £50 and I keep 2 spaces open, one for a low fee of £15.00, and one as member of the Free Psychotherapy Network for no fee where people's financial circumstances require it e.g. unwaged.  At the moment (May 2018) these spaces are filled.

Maps & Directions

Harlow, CM18

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: No


Please be aware that I will be retiring at the end of 2020.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults