Gordon Urquhart, Psychotherapist UKCP (Acc)
I worked as a healthcare professional in the NHS for 20 years; 10 years of which involved planning and delivering care to people with life-interrupting or life-limiting cancer. I now work as a UKCP Accredited Contemporary Psychotherapist in the NHS and private practice. In the NHS I work in a Palliative Care Specialist Psychology Team with clients who are living with life-limiting illness or have been bereaved.
Although I have a special interest in working with life limiting illness and bereavement I also work with people who may be experiencing any of the broad spectrum of challenges for which psychotherapy may be helpful. I have worked with people, experiencing some of the most extreme circumstances life can bring. This helps me get straight to the heart of the challenges people experience in the many contexts of their lives. People I have worked with describe how they find my relaxed, practical approach ensures that they feel safe to explore, adapt and, where appropriate, change their experience of even the most difficult circumstances in their life.
I use a Contemporary psychotherapy approach, which has emerged, from the work of the leading pioneers in the field who advanced our understanding of how people can recover from difficulty and manage their life in a way they are happier with. Contemporary psychotherapy is informed by the most useful and current elements of psychotherapy practice with individuals and groups. This means that the Contemporary Psychotherapist is likely to use concepts, strategies and specific interventions from a range of therapeutic orientations responding to the needs of each individual.
Contemporary Psychotherapy focuses on the cause of the client’s challenges, their immediate needs and their future wellbeing. This includes the client’s management of their condition or situation, potential recovery and personal development, for now and in the manageable future.
Contemporary Psychotherapy utilises the client’s naturally occurring experiences of lesser or greater relaxation, daydreaming and other meditative states. The contemporary psychotherapist is able to notice, synchronise and utilise these cycles to support the client in their process of change. Some types of challenges or problems respond well to using our natural rhythms in a more formal way through hypnotherapy which may be offered as an option if appropriate.
Training, qualifications & experience
BSc (Hons), MSc, Adv.Dip CP
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I charge £60 per session. The number of sessions required varies from person to person. In the Contemporary Psychotherapy approach work may be short to mid term and occasionally longer term.