Ayhan Alman de la Osa - Gestalt Psychotherapist
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.
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, Sex & Relationship Diversity
Clients who seek to work with me on gender, sex and relationship diversity (known as GSRD) often don’t fit into the popular narrative: Man and women fall in love, they procreate (and have amazing sex all the time) and live happily ever after. Unfortunately this binaried narrative troubles many of my clients (including myself) and the consequences for not fitting in can be devastating. If you experience challenges in relation to your gender, sexuality or relationships, counselling and psychotherapy (in particular, the gestalt approach) can help to figure things out. I am affirmative and nonjudgmental towards you and what you bring to therapy. My practice is in line with guidelines as set out by the BACP and the BPS and I continuously attend GSRD training to advance my awareness of developments and research.
Training, qualifications & experience
With more than 15 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:
- MSc Gestalt Psychotherapy – Middlesex University, London
- Clinical Diploma Gestalt Psychotherapy – Metanoia, London
- Post-Graduate Diploma in Contemporary Trauma Practice – Relational Change, Oxford
- 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 / Concession: £60
Kensington Office / SW7 4TE
I work Mondays and Fridays in South Kensington. The Kensington Counselling Rooms are 3 minutes walking distance from Gloucester Road station and easy reach from West and Central London:
- via Bus (49, 70, 74)
- via Tube (Piccadilly, District and Circle Line)
Acton Office / W3 6DG
I work Saturdays in Acton which is easy 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)
Free on-street parking all weekend.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||German and Turkish|
Mondays & Friday in Kensington; Saturdays in Acton
Types of client