Ayhan Alman de la Osa - MBACP Gestalt Psychotherapeutic Counsellor
Acton: Alman De La Osa Psychotherapeutic Counselling
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
Clients who arrive in therapy with me often present with some form of trauma. This 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. When we experience adversity, pain or danger our internal alarm system gets activated. For clients who cannot process and integrate their experiences their alarm system keeps ringing causing anxiety and stress (which is a natural response to danger whether anticipated or real). 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. Psychotherapy can help you heal from adverse life experiences.
Gender & Sexual Diversity
People with a differing gender expression or sexual orientation still experience prejudice and discrimination in our society. Counselling and psychotherapy (in particular, the gestalt approach) is effective in improving interpersonal relationships. I take a nonjudgmental, accepting and confirming stance towards you – no matter what you bring to therapy. Clients come to me to work on their relationships with themselves and others. To heighten your awareness we may look at your relational patterns. By making sense of your process, you will gain more self-awareness which can enhance your relationship with yourself and others.
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
- 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)
Appointments: £70 per 50min session
Concessions: £50 per 50min session *
* for trainees and members of LBGTQ+ & BAME communities who are unable to pay the full fee. If you would like to find out more, please contact me.
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