Gregor H L Lurie, MBACP (Senior Accredited) UKRCP
Welcome and about Gregor...
IMPORTANT NOTE...in response to global pandemic i am offering TELEPHONE AND WHATS APP methods of therapy, as usual by appointment.
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, empathic 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.
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.
"The standard of Gregor's work is very high indeed. I trust his professionalism and dedication to his clients." Mrs. O.A. Clinical Supervisor
"Gregor, thank you for your patience, guidance and support over the past two years. Your hard work has had a hugely positive impact on my life. With gratitude, " Mr. M.W.
"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.
"My time with Gregor was invaluable in helping me understand myself and coming to terms with my past. His abilities to listen and understand are exemplary and his compassionate attitude allowed me to really express myself." Mr. J.R.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"When i first came to see Gregor i was suffering under the weight of several mental health issues, including depression and acceptance of my sexuality. Gregor has helped me overcome these issues, enabling me to take control and improve my quality of life. I owe him a great deal. " Mr. A.M.
"My sessions with Gregor allowed me to become more aware of myself, enabling me to process my past which was holding me back from living my full life. I was able to grow in my self worth and accept the value i have as a person. I now feel more free and at peace in my life " Mr. M.T.
" I am now more at ease in my own company. My new relationship is ongoing, bringing me out of my shell, taking steps in self confidence and feeling bold enough to contribute more and move into having a free and expressive sexual relationship. I no longer feel shame for my desires, releasing me to explore beyond previous boundaries. My relationship with my parents feels more balanced as i grow into my fullness. Thank you for all your help over the past few years. " Mr. G.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!
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Additionally, I specialise working with:
- Anger management
- Infancy and childhood abandonment
- Adoption issues
- Sexual identity and sexuality
- Lesbian and Gay affirmative practice
- Spiritual Unfolding
- Vocational and existential issues
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 £55 and £70 per 50 minute session.
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 .
Concessions offered for
Monday to Thursday , afternoons and early evenings
Some Fridays available appointments on request.
Telephone and Whats App video currently (from March 2020)
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.