Mehmet Altan Adv, Dip, MBACP Reg.
53a Clapham High Street
07788 595 902
My practice is based on the belief that sometimes, unhelpful past experiences can play out in our current lives in negative ways. It can affect our relationships with others, creating dynamics that may provoke things like anxiety, or low self confidence; at home, in social situations or in the work place. Compounded by outside influences, a person may suddenly feel stuck, or depressed, and feel unable to work through their struggles. Past deep-rooted experience often plays a part in the manifestation and persistence of such issues.
I acknowledge the difficulty we all have as humans to move beyond past influence. However, strongly believe that by making the big decision to come and see a counsellor, you are already, taking the first steps to your individual authenticity in the here and now.
I think there are lots of stereotypes about counselling and the types of people who go. The truth is though, that people come to counselling these days for many different reasons. Acknowledging that you might need some help can only ever be a positive step. In fact, considering the ever growing demands of the modern world; where many people constantly juggle family and work commitments (often without the benefit of traditionalsupport networks of previous generations), I believe counselling can in fact be seen as a necessity. We are all people of experience, and the more we can understand ourselves – in a safe space away from the pressures of everyday life – the more we can learn to accept who we are, and our functioning place in the world of today.
I recognise that specific circumstances can occur in one’s life at any time, which may make the need for counselling or therapy even more paramount. Ranging from a relationship break-up, to bereavement, or to redundancy or money worries (to name but a few), life can at times, be extremely challenging. I am fully aware of the strong feelings that can arise from such events can make life incredibly difficult for a person. It can extend beyond the emotional to the physical, leading to symptoms such as sleep disturbance, panic attacks, headaches, other aches and pains, or, a general lack of energy. In my practice, I work on the client’s full experience, and seek to help the client on as many different levels as possible within the counselling space.
In addition, I also work with unhelpful coping strategies such as avoidance and/or denial of difficult feelings. I believe that suppressing real, powerful emotions can manifest in unhealthy behaviours such as addiction, and/or destructive relationships (including abuse and co-dependency).
I strongly believe in the importance of working through difficulty in relationships resulting from a dysfunctional childhood. Considering this to be a speciality area of work. I frequently work with survivors of abuse.
First and foremost I believe that counselling and psychotherapy can help you to accept yourself as you are. I feel passionate about facilitating clients to work through issues to improve their lives, and to find the confidence to make the changes that will help them reach their full potential
An ‘Integrative’ approach means that I can employ several theoretical approaches, and trained in a number of different forms of Psychotherapy and Counselling. Within the therapeutic relationship, I draw from the Humanistic Person Centred Approach, but also combine this with Psychodynamic, Brief Solution Focused Therapy, Gestalt, Transactional Analysis & Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). My style has evolved from the understanding that each person is unique, and one approach does not suite all.
I continually expand on therapeutic training, and most recently have completed courses on working with abuse, couples, and trauma.
More recently I worked at the Awareness Centre as Clinical Practice Manager. Previous to this, I worked for Greenwich Mind. Here, I worked as an individual counsellor, and also as a group facilitator. In addition to my personal life experiences, my recent work and training at Mind has developed my interest in the area of ‘culture’, and the influence one’s wider culture can have on an individual.
I believe ‘culture’ is the characteristics, beliefs, values and social behaviour of a particular group of people. This can include cultural heritage, nationality, religion, language, sexuality...to name a few. I have explored and researched deeply the impact some of these can have, both within, and outside, of the counselling room.
I specialise in working with Anxiety, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Panic Attacks, Low Self Esteem, Depression, Couples Counselling, Trauma, Abuse, Anger Management, LGBT, Sexuality and potential cultural conflict.
Recently, I have been working a lot with the interplay between culture and sexual identity. I am interested in the role of shame in sexuality, and the connection this can have on areas of development such as self-esteem and intimacy.
- Online counselling
- Telephone counselling
- Skype Video
I invite clients to contact me for an initial consultation. This enables me to meet the person and find out more about them and what they are looking for out of counselling. It also gives the client a chance to ask questions, and to discuss wishes, expectations and any anxieties about beginning the process. Choosing a therapist is often intuitive I advise clients to listen to their "gut feeling" after a first session to decide how best to proceed. If you decide to work with me, I will strongly advocate your voice when it comes to your needs – this includes how long you may wish to work me for. I am happy to provide both short-term and longer term open-ended therapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Level 2 Certificate in Introduction to Counselling Skills
- Level 2 Intermediate Certificate in Counselling Skills
- Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
- Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling
- Advanced Diploma ( Professional training) in Humanistic Integrative Counselling ( BACP Accredited course)
- (Currently Studying) Post Graduate Diploma in Attachment Theory
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Imago Relationship Therapy
- Thinking about Gender and Sexual Diversity
- Chronic Trauma and Neglect
- Time Limited Counselling
- Psychiatry, Psychopathology and Psychodynamics
- Hearing Voices
- We are all the same but different
- Black Issues and Racism in the Therapeutic Process
- Attachment Theory
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Anxiety, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Panic Attacks, Low Self Esteem, Depression, Couples Counselling, Trauma, Abuse, Anger Management, LGBT, Sexuality, Couples Counselling.
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My fees are charged on a ‘sliding scale’ – to allow access for all. The fee generally ranges from
£45.00 - £55.00 for Individual Counselling.
£60.00 - £80.00 for Couples Counselling.
What is Therapy?
Therapy offers you a safe and confidential place to talk about your life and anything that may be confusing, painful or uncomfortable. It allows you to talk to someone who is trained to listen attentively and to help you improve things.
Booking your first session.
To book your first session I can be contacted at:
Or call 07788 595 902
If I am unable to answer, it usually means I am busy with a client. Please leave your name and telephone contact details and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
How long is a session?
A session will last 50 minutes and will be on the same day and time each week, as discussed and agreed during our first session.
How many sessions will I need?
The number of sessions will vary from person to person according to the nature of present issues and the depth to which you would like to explore these. We will discuss this on our initial meeting.
How confidential is counselling?
I aim to provide a safe, comfortable and confidential setting and therapy service for clients.
All sessions will be private and confidential. Confidentiality is maintained within the ethical and practice guidelines of BACP ( British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy).
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday 7am - 1pm & 6pm -10pm Tuesday 7am - 1pm & 6pm - 10pm Wednesday 7am - 1pm & 6pm -10pm Thursday - Friday 7am - 1pm
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|