Ayhan Alman de la Osa - MBACP Gestalt Psychotherapeutic Counsellor
Taking the first step and reaching out for help can be difficult. It is normal to feel uncertain and worry about finding the right therapist, with whom you may go on to share some deeply personal experiences.
In my private practice I work with many aspects of human experience, like difficulties relating, loss, bereavement, depression and anxiety.
My aim is to create a safe and accepting space for exploration. My approach to therapy is relational, body focused and experimental. Change often happens naturally and effortlessly when we learn to accept ourselves as we are.
Over the years my interest has grown particularly towards two specific areas.
Trauma & Stress
Many clients who seek my help experience various degrees of stress from overwhelming past experiences that still impact on them even though the event has passed. These type of problems are often addressed as trauma, which may sound like a big word, but all it means is literally “wound“. As with physical wounds there can be small and big ones. While small wounds can be patched up easily, the big ones can become resistant to heal and keep hurting.Clients with a trauma history often tell me they feel as if they have “no control” over their lives, a lost sense of “safety” and haunted by (conscious or unconscious) memories of the past. In therapy, I work with you to find your internal, embodied and relational resources to regain a sense of safety. My approach to trauma therapy is grounded in relational contemporary trauma practice and mindfulness which I acquired through specialist training, ongoing continuous professional development and my clinical practice. My aim is to work alongside you, as I am a firm believer that you are the expert of your experience and that we can collaboratively work together to develop the support you need for your healing journey.
Gender & Sexual Diversity
Many people with a differing gender expression or sexual orientation live happy and fulfilled lives. Marginalisation and prejudice are still common for many LGBTQ+ people. If you have any difficulties in relation to your sexual orientation or gender expression, counselling and psychotherapy (in particular, the gestalt approach) can help you figure things out. I am affirmative and nonjudgmental towards you and what you bring to therapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
With more than 12 years experience as a researcher, facilitator and creative collaborator I found myself drawn to the relational challenges we face.
My own personal experience of being able to change and grow, and the joy of seeing others change and grow prompted my interest in psychotherapy and counselling.
My ongoing psychological training enables me to support clients effectively. I draw from a wide set of tools to design each engagement based on client needs and preferences. I am experienced with short-term and long-term counselling and worked for various services including the NHS.
Former qualifications include:
- Diploma Gestalt Psychotherapeutic Counselling – Metanoia, London
- Practitioner Diploma in Executive Coaching – AoEC, London
- Certificate in Humanistic Counselling – Gestalt Centre, London
- Foundation in Performance/Acting – Arts Ed, London
- MA Digital Arts – University of the Arts, London
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
Appointments: £70 per 50min session
My Acton office is easy to reach with public transport from surrounding areas like Richmond, Chiswick, Hammersmith, Ealing, Shepherd’s Bush, Hounslow, etc:
- via Bus (70, 207, 266, 427, 607, E3)
- via Overground (Acton Central)
- via Tube (Piccadilly and District line at Acton Town)
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||German and Turkish|
Types of client