Güllü Solak MBACP Psychotherapist & Counsellor
Welcome to my profile. Finding a therapist to help through difficult periods in life is one of the most important decisions one can make. Hopefully, this page can provide the kind of information you need to make such an informed decision.
People seek help at different stages in their life and for various reasons. Seeing an adequately trained therapist, that is a respectful and informed listener who does not have a personal interest in the outcome can bring clarity and enable you to work through what is on your mind.
Therapy can help you understand yourself, your emotions and your relationships better. It can offer a deeper appreciation of self and others. It can explore where you come from, your goals in life, who you are, who you want to become and why do you do things you do.
Therapy can also open up some painful experiences and memories. It is designed to give you a sense of ownership over your life as well as deeper and more satisfying experiences of what it means to be alive.
I am a UK trained Existential Counsellor and Psychotherapist. I am registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and member of Society for Existential Analysis (SEA) and Universities Psychotherapy and Counselling Association (UPCA).
I work from an integrative perspective, combining existential- phenomenology with psychodynamic principles according to the needs of each individual.
I have considerable experience in the National Health Service (NHS). I have worked in specialised counselling and psychotherapy settings, offering individual and group psychotherapy to highly vulnerable and distressed individuals with a diverse range of emotional and psychological needs. I have provided time limited counselling and open-ended psychotherapy sessions. Time-limited meaning therapy sessions will come to an end after a set number of sessions and open-ended meaning it can continue as long as you need it.
Majority of my experience has been through offering long term psychotherapy in a London based NHS trust psychotherapy department.
In addition to my formal training as a psychotherapist, I have had many years of intensive psychotherapy myself. This means I have a sense of some of the hopes and worries you may experience when embarking on a course of psychotherapy or counselling.
My journey into the mental health field started with my first career as a mental health nurse, which enabled me to develop my curiosity and capacity to connect with the lived world of others, to enable them to build their inner resources to tolerate and work through their life struggles and any traumatic events they have experienced. I have worked with the complexity of each relationship and seen how painful, vulnerable and powerful genuine moments of intimacy can be. I have incorporated this valuable experience in my clinical and theoretical psychotherapy training to allow individuals to take more charge of their being, consciousness, own it more, have authority over how they make sense of their lived experiences and allow themselves to be affected and dynamically transformed in the process.
I have a lot of experience in working with diversity and multi-lingual and cultural individuals. Having different languages and cultural backgrounds can be very enriching, but it can also cause conflict and confusion where individuals can question their relationships, sense of self, belonging and their values. Exploring these challenges in therapy can allow individuals to live a more authentic life.
Issues and concerns I can help with:
• Relationship issues
• Communication difficulties
• Work/life balance: getting it right
• Stress and worry
• Sleep difficulties
• Struggles with expat /student life
• Living far from home/ Issues around home
• Questioning meaning and belonging
• Adapting to a new culture
• Cross-cultural issues/multi-faith couples
• Changes and life crisis
• Confusion and indecisiveness
• Loneliness and isolation
• Divorce and separation
• Low self-esteem/confidence
• Child-related issues
• Trauma and abuse
• Anxiety, including panic attacks, phobia’s and OCD
• Depression, including perinatal and post-natal depression
Style of work:
Therapy is different for each individual and my method varies according to your needs.
My intention is to closely listen to whatever you bring to our sessions. I will pay particular attention to the thoughts and feelings and memories behind what you are saying. In this way, I hope to make sense of whatever is causing you suffering and distress.
There are moments in what you say that may need me to pay significant attention to the impact of your life experiences and the relationship that develops in the therapy room and work with the peculiarities of it. As needed, I will make links to the past in varying degrees, explore with you what is being repeated from the past, what is being acknowledged and what is being avoided and highlight your pattern of relating.
I believe the therapeutic relationship is the main vehicle for change. Evidence suggests that the relationship between you and your psychotherapist has one of the greatest impacts on the success of the work that you do in your therapy.
As all psychological professionals, I receive clinical supervision to make sure my practice stays ethical and informed by the best available evidence.
I abide by the ethical frameworks of the professional organisations to which I belong. I carry professional liability insurance and have gone through enhanced checks by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold post graduate qualifications in Existential Counselling and Psychotherapy and engaged in further professional studies. I am currently in the process of completing a Doctorate in Existential Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I have had eight years of clinical and theoretical training in mental health, counselling and psychotherapy field.
In addition to my private practice, I work at a London NHS Primary Care Mental Health Service providing specialised assessment and consultations to clients and primary care clinicians at GP settings.
• Foundation Certificate in Humanistic and Existential Therapy
• Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
• Mentalization Based Therapy
• Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
• Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Psychosis
• Families and Systems Work
• Group Leadership
• Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
• Perinatal Mental Health
• Leadership and Management
• Foundation Diploma in Coaching
• Mentorship in Practice Teaching and Learning
• Autism Spectrum Disorders
• British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
• Society for Existential Analysis (SEA)
• Universities Psychotherapy and Counselling Association (UPCA)
You can call or email to set up an initial face to face meeting.
The initial consultation is about getting to know one another as well as an opportunity for you to learn about my style of work and my practice policies. You will be invited to talk about yourself, and what has brought you to seek help at this point in your life. Talking about these difficulties can be distressing but is a necessary part of the process of determining if psychotherapy is the right kind of help for you and if we are a good match to work together.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Asperger's syndrome
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bullying
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
Initial assessment (90 mins): £90
Individual therapy sessions (50 mins): £80
For longer-term work, fees can be negotiated.
I offer a limited number of reduced rate sessions based on personal circumstances.
Payments are to be made via bank transfer
Please enquire about insurance services that cover my services.
- I am happy to have a brief telephone conversation to discuss your needs and establish if I am the right person to offer you psychological therapy or to direct you to a more appropriate service/colleague.
- Where necessary sessions can be conducted via Face Time and Skype.
- If an appointment is cancelled or missed without 24 hours notice the full session fee will be charged.
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