Ayhan Alman de la Osa - MBACP Gestalt Psychotherapeutic Counsellor
South Ealing: On Route
44-46 South Ealing Road
Acton: Alman De La Osa Psychotherapeutic Counselling
Taking the first step and reaching out for help can be incredibly difficult when there is emotional or psychological distress. It is normal to feel uncertain and worry about finding the right therapist. I specialise in working with trauma, post traumatic stress, depression, anxiety and LGBTQ+ mental health.
With more than five years in the field and as a BACP registered Gestalt psychotherapeutic counsellor my aim is to create a safe and accepting space. My approach to therapy is creative, experimental and body focused. Change often happens naturally and effortless when we learn to accept ourselves as we are.
Trauma & Post Traumatic Stress (PTS)
People who are traumatised often lose (or lost) their sense of safety. In therapy, the first step is to re-estblished a sense of safety before any therapeutic work can take place. We will look at simple things like identifying choices in therapy and everyday life that can increase your sense of safety. You will learn how to calm your nervous system by becoming mindful of your body, mind and relationships. Even though mindfulness has proven to be effective to calm the nervous system it can cause stress for some people. Therefore I work out with each individual what works best for them and support them to create their own stress toolbox. Once your stress management is in place it will be easier to process trauma and integrate your experiences as parts of your psyche. Counselling can help you heal from challenging life events by deeper understanding your experiences.
Depression & Anxiety
Many people experience depression and anxiety in their lifetime. It is one of the most common mental health issues of our time. Experiencing low mood or feeling bad about yourself is a common human condition that everyone experiences at some point in their life. Depression and anxiety can often impact on aspects like mood, sleep, food intake, movements and general functioning. Overwhelming feelings of isolation, sadness, fear, worry, guilt or shame can also be experienced. Expressing these feelings in counselling can relieve the symptoms and clients often report feeling better once they openly talked about their experiences. Counselling can also help to re-establish a sense of connection from the isolating experience of depression.
LGBTQ+ Mental Health
Members of the LGBTQ+ community are widely accepted and acknowledged in our western society and yet a sense of belonging can be missing for many due to experiences of marginalisation, micro-agressions, bullying and violence (including sexual, psychological and physical abuse). While acceptance and representation has increased over the years, society still impacts on LGBTQ+ people when beliefs such as “it’s bad to be lesbian/gay/bi/trans/queer” are introjected without processing. It is common place to experience LGBTQ+ phobia for many, causing mental health issues like depression, anxiety and post traumatic stress. If you are a member of the LGBTQ+ community oftentimes LGBTQ+ phobia can be deeply internalised in your own psyche, that it is difficult to find acceptance within yourself. In counselling these internalised beliefs need to be identified, reprocessed and understood so change can happen. Counselling can support you to explore who you are and what you need from your family, relationships and work environments.
What to expect:
If you are interested in counselling, please contact me so we can arrange a brief phone conversation to arrange a first meeting. The first meeting is for us both to get to know each other and see if I might be the right therapist for you. There is no commitment to continue after the first session if you are uncertain. I would also like to encourage you to try various therapists to see with whom you would like to work. Should we both decide to continue after the first session, we will spend the first few sessions on understanding your presenting problems, so we can develop a treatment plan of what needs to be done. A treatment plan is very simple and includes for how long we want to work (short-term, long-term or open-ended), what you want to focus on (therapeutic goal) and what needs to be done to achieve your goal (therapeutic tasks). After the initial period we then work through our plan and will assess in regular intervals how you are getting on. Once your therapeutic goals are achieved we will have an ending phase over a couple of sessions to fully integrate the changes that have taken place.
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 inspired me to qualify in Psychotherapeutic Counselling and Executive Coaching.
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.
I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) and a UKCP trainee therapist (UK Council for Psychotherapy) and comply with their code of ethics.
Former qualifications include:
- 2017: Diploma Gestalt Psychotherapeutic Counselling – Metanoia, London
- 2016: Practitioner Diploma in Executive Coaching – AoEC, London
- 2014: Certificate in Humanistic Counselling – Gestalt Centre, London
- 2013: Certificate in Performance/Acting – Arts Ed, London
- 2009: MA Digital Arts – University of the Arts, London
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Carer support
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
£60 per 50 minute session. Card payments accepted.
At on route health in South Ealing:
£65 per 50 minute session. Card payments accepted.
Wednesdays & Thursdays I work in Acton. My 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)
Mondays I work at on route health near South Ealing station:
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Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||German and Turkish|
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