Vlado Urban
    Vlado Urban

    Vlado Urban

    I am an existential and cognitive behavioural psychotherapist who works with individuals and couples to help them explore their situation in a collaborative way with the idea of increasing the self-awareness and self-understanding, in order to be able to recognise and overcome the unreflective and repetitive patterns of relating to themselves and others.

    Existential and cognitive psychotherapy with Vlado

    As an existential therapist I work with the notion that life is both great and difficult at the same time and everyone desires happiness and a meaningful life.

    Each of us has experienced psychological and emotional distress as it is inevitable part of ‘being alive’.  I will offer you a safe and non-judgemental environment where you can explore how your distress and difficulties affect you, what meaning they have for you and how you could manage them in your own unique way as there is not a one-size fits all solution.

    Therapy as a collaborative and unique process will increase your self-awareness and self-understanding which will cast light on the unreflective and repetitive patterns of relating to yourself and others.  Therefore, it is in therapy where you can start relating to your difficulties, yourself and others in a different way and make changes to your life so you can live more fully and meaningfully.

    Family and systemic therapy provides effective help for people with an extraordinarily wide range of difficulties.  The range covers childhood conditions such as conduct and mood disorders, eating disorders, and drug misuse; and in adults, couple difficulties and severe psychiatric conditions such as schizophrenia.  It is shown (NICE guidelines) to be effective in treatment and management of depression and chronic physical illness, and the problems that can arise as families change their constitution or their way of life.  

    Family therapy and systemic practice support the notion that family relationships form a vital part of the emotional health of each member of that family.  This type of treatment can help people who care for each other, find ways to cope collaboratively with any distress, misunderstanding and pain that is affecting their relationships and putting a strain on the family unit.

    The humanistic integrative approach recognises that the quality of the therapeutic relationship, rather than any one particular theoretical orientation, is the most important aspect of successful therapeutic work.  Thinking, sensing, feeling and intuiting are all emphasised within the framework of the relationship. Humanistic integrative counselling is an approach that systematically considers the whole person – mind, body and spirit.

    Qualifications and experience

    I am a qualified existential psychotherapist accredited by the United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapy and member of The Society for Existential Analysis.

    I trained for five years at Regent’s University, London, completing the Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy and the Advanced Diploma in Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling.

    I abide by the code of ethics of the United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapy.

    I trained and worked as a bereavement counsellor at St. Joseph’s Hospice in Hackney and led group therapy sessions at Claremont Project in Islington.

    I am currently training and working for the NHS as a high intensity cognitive behavioural therapist.

    I had worked for 12 years with people with mental health issues and learning difficulties before becoming a psychotherapist.

    Languages other than English

    Slovak and Czech

    Issues I help with


    Individuals £70, couples £90

    I do have some low cost places available for psychotherapy trainees and those on low income


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