Gordon Urquhart

BSc (Hons), MSc, Adv. Dip CP


Contemporary Psychotherapy

Gordon 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. Gordon now works as a UKCP Accredited Contemporary Psychotherapist in the NHS and private practice. In the NHS Gordon works in Palliative Care Specialist Psychology Team with clients who are living with life-limiting illness or have been bereaved.

Although Gordon has a special interest in working with life limiting illness and bereavement he also works with people who may be experiencing any of the broad spectrum of challenges for which psychotherapy may be helpful. These may include:


  • Feeling anxious, unable to cope or concentrate
  • Finding life stressful or having difficulty recovering from stressful situations
  • Being troubled by a lack of confidence or excessive shyness
  • Having to cope with the effects of abuse
  • Feelings of depression, sadness, grief or emptiness
  • Extreme mood swings or overwhelming emotions such as anger, fear and guilt
  • Difficulty making or sustaining relationships, or repeatedly becoming involved in unsatisfying or destructive relationships
  • Sexual problems
  • Difficulties in coming to terms with losses such as bereavement, divorce or loss of employment
  • Eating disorders
  • Self harm
  • Obsessive behaviour such as habits you want to break but feel you can’t
  • Panic attacks and phobia
  • Addiction
  • Trauma

Gordon has worked with people, experiencing some of the most extreme circumstances life can bring. This gives him an insight that supports his unique ability to get straight to the heart of the challenges people experience in the many contexts of their lives.

Those working with Gordon find that his 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.

Gordon uses 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.