Arzum Gulsar   MBACP, BABCP, CBCAP; MSc RE/CBT, PGCert

The Chandlery
116 Chandlery Cottage
50 Westminster Bridge Road

Willen House
8-26 Bath Street
Old Street

07930 618072

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About me

Feeling sad, depressed or anxious?
Experiencing low self-esteem, shame or guilt?
Struggling with anger, irritability and frustration?
Has your life come to a halt, and you now want to overcome your stuckness and give your life a new meaning and direction?

Then i can help....

I’m an EMDR practitioner and fully qualified and experienced Specialist Psychotherapist in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) as well as its third wave approaches, such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and mindfulness. I also practise coaching, and I'm trained clinical supervisor for CBT practitioners.

Today, CBT is the most researched, evidence-based and effective psychotherapeutic approach available. Therapy can take different forms, such as being short term with its 6-12 sessions, or longer term with up to 40 sessions. My approach is tailored to clients’ needs and presentations, by incorporating a range of helpful and relevant tools and methods drawn from other psychotherapeutic modalities, as well as coaching.
As a therapist, I am BABCP accredited and hold professional membership with the BACP, and pride myself on practising to high ethical standards.

I aim to provide a safe, supportive and non-judgemental environment that enables clients to explore issues and emotional distress, by unpicking unhelpful patterns and replacing these with healthy alternatives.

My expertise lies in treating a wide range of anxiety and depressive disorders such as trauma, obsessive compulsive disorder, social phobia or generalised anxiety. Other areas of interest and experience include working with young people and their families, couples, older people, and offering treatment for more complex presentations, such as hoarding, eating disorders, impulse disorders, or chronic fatigue and pain. CBT can also be of help if you wish to support a loved one such as a spouse or child, and equip you to support them through their emotional distress.

Sessions can be conducted face to face, via telephone or Skype. By negotiation, I also offer homevisits.
At present, I run afternoon, evening and Saturday clinics in three busy central locations: Waterloo, Old Street and London Bridge.

Training, qualifications & experience

Clinical Experience

Since 2006, I have worked in various roles within NHS mental health services, alongside consultants, nurses and patients.

In 2009, I also worked for Children and Young People’s Services within a deprived London borough, delivering evidence-based treatment for children and young people at risk of offending and presenting with conduct disorder or anti-social behavioural disorder. During this period I have actively contributed to research funded by the Department of Education (DoE). Such treatment interventions are now recommended by NICE, the National Institute for Clinical Excellence for the treatment of conduct and anti-social behavioural disorder.

Since 2010, I have been delivering CBT in a number of clinical settings within the NHS. For the past year, I have been clinically supervising trainee and junior therapists.

Training and Qualifications

- Clinical Supervisors' Training for CBT

- Masters of Science in Rational Emotive& Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.

- Postgraduate qualification in Leadership and Management within the NHS

- Higher Education: Counselling Skills, Counselling Studies and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

I offer therapy and evidence-based interventions for children and young people, families, couples and older people.

Therapy can be conducted in multiple languages due to being trilingual.


Comprehensive assessments:

£85 for 75 minutes

Sessions last typically 50 minutes.

Individuals:   £65 a session, £70 after 8pm

Couples:       £80 a session, £85 after 8pm

Reduced fee for students, OAP, low income: £45 a session, £50 after 8pm

Weekday appointments available between 3.00pm – 9.00pm
Saturday appointments available between 8.00am - 2.00pm
Telephone, Skype and home visit appointments by negotiation.

Further information

The prospect of seeking help from a therapists can feel somewhat scary and overwhelming at first, whereas to others it may come more easily. Should you wish to discuss your difficulties or presentation, feel free to contact me to arrange an assessment or to find out more about the approach I am using and the way I work. I will aim to respond within 24 hours of contact.

Maps & Directions

London, SE1 7QY
London, EC1V 9DX

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: German, Turkish


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Weekdays: 3.00-10.00pm Saturdays: 8.00-14.00 Telephone, Skype appointments: by negotiation Homevisits: by negotiation

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

Arzum is an experienced and BABCP-accredited practitioner and qualified CBT supervisor.

Online supervision:Yes
Telephone supervision:Yes
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